Michael Soo is the current Managing Partner of Shook Lin & Bok, Kuala Lumpur, one of the oldest and largest law firms established in 1908 in Malaysia.
He is also the head of the IP and IT department of the firm, a past president of the Malaysian Intellectual Property Association (“MIPA”), and the immediate past president of Asian Patent Attorneys Association (“APAA”), Malaysia Country Group. He is currently a vice president (International) and a councillor of APAA. He was a member of the Copyright Law Review Ad-hoc Committee, under the Attorney General’s Chambers, Malaysia; deputy chair of Trade Related Services Committee and is a member of the IP Committee of the Bar Council of Malaysia.
He has practised exclusively in all areas of IP law, with emphasis on enforcement and civil litigation, for over 30 years. He has appeared as lead counsel or co-counsel in a number of infringement and/or passing-off actions before the High Court, Court of Appeal and Federal Court.
He appeared as lead counsel in a trial involving alleged copyright infringement of several well-known brands of software before the Kuching Sessions Court pursuant to an ad hoc licence granted by the Rt Honourable Chief Judge of the High Court of Sabah and Sarawak. The trial was probably one of the few fully contested infringements actions involving software instituted in Malaysia in recent years. The alleged offender was one of the largest civil engineering firms in Malaysia. The Court acquitted the alleged offender of all the charges. The Public Prosecutor’s appeal was dismissed by the appeal courts.
He frequently handles advisory and contentious cases involving domain names dispute and “cybersquatting”. Michael Soo is a panellist of domain name dispute resolution administered by Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration (now known as Asian International Arbitration Centre) and had adjudicated on a number of domain name dispute cases.
He is active in several international professional organisations including International Trademark Association (“INTA”), APAA and Inter-Pacific Bar Association. He was the chair of Asia Pacific sub-committee of geographical indications committee of INTA, and is currently the chair of enforcement sub-committee of geographical indications committee of INTA.
Michael has presented papers on intellectual property law in seminars and conferences organised by the Bar Council of Malaysia, and at several international, regional and local conferences including the 12th Commonwealth Law Association Conference and several seminars and conferences organised by World Intellectual Property Organization (“WIPO”). He lectures on copyright and design law for the Patent Agent Examination since its inception in 1997, and on intellectual property law at the Institute of Judicial and Legal Training (ILKAP), of the Prime Minister’s Department, Malaysia. Michael also regularly contributes articles and updates on IP in leading publications.
Frédéric Serra is head of House Attorney’s IP department. He acts for a broad range of industries with a strong focus on fashion and luxury goods.
He is a highly experienced litigation lawyer in all fields of intellectual property, including unfair competition. Mr Serra advises clients in complex non-contentious IP matters
Mr Serra’s one-year secondment to the fully integrated in-house IP team of a major player in the luxury goods industry gave him in-depth knowledge of the legal and business needs of in-house counsels and a pragmatic approach to providing a wider range of protection, exploitation and enforcement options. He has played a prominent role in several leading trademark matters.
Having studied in both France and Switzerland (French LLB and LLM in intellectual property and new technologies in Grenoble and an LLM degree in 2002 from Geneva), Mr Serra maintains strong ties with French peers and clients. His knowledge of both Swiss and French law allows him to understand and advise on matters involving both jurisdictions.
After being a partner for six years with a major Swiss law firm and leading the IP department of its Geneva office, in 2018 Mr Serra co-founded the law firm House Attorneys. In January 2019, House Attorneys was awarded the 2019 jury special distinction in the category “Best Swiss Law Firm” at the Leaders League Trophées du Droit Awards in Paris.
Mr Serra is a member of the Geneva Bar Association, the Swiss Bar Association, l’Association Romande de Propriété Intellectuelle and INTA. He is currently co-chair of the IP Committee of the Inter-Pacific Bar Association. He also teaches IP law at the Geneva campus of the SAE Institute, one of the world’s leading educators in creative media industries.