Michael Williams


Gilbert + Tobin
Level 35, Tower Two, International Towers
Sydney, 200 Barangaroo Avenue
Barangaroo NSW 2000

Tel: +61 2 9263 4271

Email: mwilliams@gtlaw.com.au
Web: www.gtlaw.com.au

Michael is an Intellectual Property specialist and litigator, he has been with Gilbert + Tobin for over 22 years and heads up the firm’s IP Group.

Michael is well known for his strategic skills, subject matter knowledge and robust approach to complex disputes and IP advice.  He acts for a wide range of Australian and international clients in fields such as electronics, software, content, entertainment, FMCG, mining and financial services.

Michael has a keen interest in technology and IP and has built a strong digital practice. Michael’s practice covers, amongst other things:

  • copyright and data protection;
  • trade secrets, insider threat and cybersecurity advice and investigations;
  • technology disputes and patent litigation;
  • false advertising, brand disputes and anti-counterfeiting.

He has substantial experience litigating cases at trial in State Courts and in the Federal Court. He has run numerous appeals in state and Federal appellate Courts, including the High Court.

Has also has an excellent record in settling disputes and extracting clients from conflict situations.

Michael has written extensively on IP law. He is a regular commentator on developments in IP law and the future of legal practice in Australia.

He holds degrees in Economics and Law (First Class Honours) from the University of Sydney.  His professional memberships include INTA, the ABA, Copyright Society of Australia and IPSANZ.

Gilbert + Tobin’s Intellectual Property (IP) practice is a leader in the Australian market. Our innovative team consistently works at the cutting edge of IP law, with clients whose business success is based squarely on the successful management of complex IP issues.

Protecting, managing and commercialising IP assets is crucial for any market leading business seeking a competitive advantage and requires the guidance of experienced specialists.

We have a dedicated team of over 20 lawyers that practices exclusively in IP law. All of our partners are ranked as leading Australian IP lawyers in the legal directories including Chambers, Legal 500, Managing Intellectual Property, the World Trademark Review, AsiaLaw and PLC Which Lawyer. With a national focus, offices in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth and specialists across the range of IP disciplines, we have the capacity to provide the highest levels of service. We routinely cover the spectrum of intellectual property issues, including copyright, patents, brand protection and trade marks, false advertising, breach of confidence, database protection, commercial IP licensing, product liability and anti-counterfeiting.

Our clients include a wide range of Australian and international companies in fields as diverse as consumer electronics, content, entertainment, software, FMCG, mining and financial services. Common to these retainers is the need to provide sound strategic advice, robust representation in proceedings and unswerving focus on client commercial objectives.

Gilbert + Tobin is an independent Australian corporate law firm. We serve corporates and governments throughout Australia, and around the world, on a broad range of legal issues.

We are renowned for our progressive approach to legal issues, procedures and client service. From our Sydney, Melbourne and Perth offices, our lawyers bring a proactive, commercial approach, and a relentless drive to deliver superior results.

Founded as a disruptive startup in 1988, we have built a firm with the scope to take on the tough matters. We cut through complexity – helping clients make the right decision in the most effective way.

“Michael Williams heads the Gilbert + Tobin IP team and is widely seen as a leader in the copyright market, as well as a significant figure with regard to trade marks. A client comments: “He’s commercially minded and produces work of a very high standard. You feel you’re in good hands with him on your matter.”
Chambers & Partners, 2017