Michael Wolnizer

Michael Wolnizer

DCC Group Managing Principal | Trade Marks Attorney | Managing Principal
LLB(Hons), LLM
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Michael practices in all areas of trade mark law including availability and infringement searches, prosecution, opposition and trade mark infringement issues and related copyright, trade practices and associated common law actions. Michael manages the trade mark portfolios of numerous Australian and multi national companies.

Michael has particular expertise in internet related trade mark and copyright issues and he heads up Davies Collison Cave’s domain name practice group. He was a member of the inaugural auDA Domain Name Advisory Panel whose recommendations led to the reform of policy in the .au name space in 2000. He has also been a member of the INTA Internet Committee.


  • Expert Guides – Trade Mark Lawyers: Nominated as being among the World’s Leading Trade Mark Law Practitioners, 2009, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016 & 2018
  • World Trademark Review 1000: listed as a leading individual for trade mark prosecution and strategy, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 & 2020
  • International Trademark Association (INTA): Volunteer Service Award (VSA) in the Advancement of the Association category.
  • Managing Intellectual Property ‘IP Stars’: Ranked highly as an Australian ‘IP Star’, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 & 2020
  • International Who’s Who of Trade Mark Lawyers: listed a leading Trade Mark practitioner, 2014, 2015, 2016 & 2018
  • AsiaLaw Leading Lawyers: Leading lawyer for Intellectual Property, 2014, 2015, 2016 & 2018
  • Asia Pacific Legal 500: Leading individual for IP, 2014
  • Asia IP Experts: Leading lawyer in trade marks, 2013.  Leading lawyer in trade marks and copyright, 2015
  • Doyle’s Guide:
    • Listed as a Preeminent Victorian Trade Mark Lawyer 2015
    • Recommended as a Victorian Copyright & Soft IP Lawyer 2015
    • Listed as a Leading Victorian Non-Contentious IP Lawyer 2015 & 2020
    • Recommended as an Intellectual Property Lawyer 2015
    • Listed as a Leading Victorian Trade Mark Lawyer 2016
  • Corporate Live Wire Legal Awards: Most outstanding Trade Mark Lawyer 2015
  • Best Lawyers Australia: Ranked Highly for Intellectual Property Law 2014- 2017 & 2021
  • Who’s Who Legal: Australia: Recognised as a leading trade marks lawyer, 2018, 2019 & 2020
  • Who’s Who Legal: Global Elite Thought Leaders, 2020


  • Past Vice Chair – INTA Emerging Issues Committee
  • Past Member – INTA Global Advisory Counsel – Asia Pacific
  • Fellow – Institute of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys
  • Member: Australian Domain Administration
  • Member: Institute of Patent & Trade mark Attorneys of Australia
  • Member: Intellectual Property Society of Australia and New Zealand
  • Member: International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property
  • Member: International Trade Mark Association
  • Member: Law Council of Australia
  • Member: Licensing Executive Society of Australia and New Zealand
  • Member: Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (UK)


  • Bachelor of Laws (Hons.), University of Tasmania
  • Master of Laws, University of Melbourne
  • Registered Trade Marks Attorney

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