Kim Walters

Intellectual Property Lawyer and Registered Trade Mark Attoreny




  • Feb 05, 2016


  • Gold Coast, Australia

    Active Country

  • Australia


  • Afrikaans, English


  • Practice Areas

  • Internet, Software & E-Commerce



Kim is an intellectual property specialist with more than 20 years of experience in law. She is the founder of W3IP Law, a specialist intellectual property and digital law firm which focuses on the Internet and information technology sectors.

Kim has advised clients throughout Australia and overseas on a wide range of commercial and intellectual property matters. Her experience as Corporate Counsel within Australia and also globally brings a commercial and strategic perspective to her legal advice.

She has extensive experience in trade mark branding strategies, copyright matters, patents, technology licensing, commercialisation, intellectual property disputes and litigation, software agreements, privacy and data protection. In practice, Kim has also advised various Government departments in the area of intellectual property.

In addition to being a lawyer, Kim is a registered trade marks attorney and is undertaking her Masters of Intellectual Property at the University of Technology, Sydney. Kim is deputy chair of the Queensland Law Society’s specialist Technology and Intellectual Property Committee (TIPS) and a committee member of the IT Forum Gold Coast.

Work history

IP and Technology Lawyer at w3iplaw.com
W3IP Law Pty Ltd
November 2015 – Present (4 months)Gold Coast
W3IP Law Pty Ltd is an intellectual property law practice which specialises in digital business.

We have extensive experience in the process of protecting and enforcing your intellectual property rights and can assist you with trade marks, copyright, designs, patents, domain names, confidentiality and trade secrets.

Our focus is on Internet business and the legal aspects of maintaining a business website including ecommerce terms, website branding and development, commercialisation, licensing agreements, data protection and privacy policies.

We advise on all aspects of electronic commerce, applying law to the world wide web and making contracts electronically.

Senior Associate
Bell Legal Group Gold Coast City Lawyers
February 2014 – October 2015 (1 year 9 months)Gold Coast
Kim specialises in intellectual property and franchise law and her area of practice covers domestic and international trade mark law including the management of trade mark portfolios for local and overseas clients. She advises on intellectual property commercialisation, technology licensing agreements, trade mark protection, conduct of litigation in federal jurisdictions, trade mark opposition proceedings, designs law, copyright issues, information technology, misleading and deceptive conduct, domain name disputes, cloud computing and privacy law and confidential information. She is a registered trade mark attorney and a member of various professional bodies including the QLD Technology and Intellectual Property Committee and the IT Forum Gold Coast.

Gold IP Lawyers
December 2009 – January 2014 (4 years 2 months)
Online branding and brand infringement, licensing of intellectual property rights, domain names, trade marks including selection, searching, classifying, reporting, registration, objections, opposition proceedings, prosecution, infringement and defences to infringements, rectification and revocation actions, Internet and domains names management, Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth), IP brand strategy and managing a trade mark portfolio, dispute resolution, litigation and Federal Court proceedings, International Treaties and Conventions including Madrid Protocol applications, International Registration filing strategies and domain name registration and disputes, Foreign Trade Mark Law and Practice, Copyright, Contracts Law, Franchises and General Commercial Law.
Commercial Legal Counsel
Hancock Prospecting Group of Companies
1998 – 2004 (6 years)Perth, Western Australia
The Group is involved in prospecting and mineral development, investment, pastoral and property interests.

Legal Counsel
Dusit Pacific International N.V.
1992 – 1996 (4 years)Jakarta, Indonesia
The Dusit Hotels and Resorts Group are an international hotel management chain with hotel management interests in Thailand, USA and Europe (Kempinski Group). Corporate Legal Advisor in the hospitality industry to the international Group Advisor of DPINV and to Dusit Hotels and Resorts based in Thailand, in a joint hotel venture with the Sinar Mas Group (Indonesia). Administration and management of hotel fees streams with trustee banks / companies in the Netherlands Antilles, Holland, Delaware and Singapore, negotiation to settlement of hotel management, technical, marketing and licensing agreements, assist with the implementation of the joint venture agreement , contracts drafting, negotiations, corporate matters including property and leases, supplier agreements, financing and loans, banking, intellectual property rights, franchising, liaison with external solicitors and financial experts, international tax effectiveness structuring, and to instruct and manage external law firms.

McElroy Milne Law Firm
January 1988 – November 1990 (2 years 11 months)Auckland, New Zealand
Property and Commercial Law

Education and qualifications

University of Technology, Sydney
Master of Intellectual Property Law, Intellectual Property Commercialisation
This field of study covers the law and the business and economics of buying, selling and licensing intellectual property (including patents, trade marks, copyright, trade secrets, trade dress, semiconductor chip protection, Internet domain names and rights of publicity). The field covers multimedia licences, such as for films, video games and multimedia websites. The study and evaluation of antitrust or competition law, intellectual property rights clearance and jurisdiction and enforcement. Practice and skills training in drafting and negotiation licenses and closing the deal in licensing transactions with an emphasis on US and European Union law.
University of Technology, Sydney
Master of Intellectual Property, Global Aspects of Intellectual Property Law
This field of study considers the international framework of intellectual property law and its institutions (the World Trade Organization, World Intellectual Property Organization, International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants and the United Nations). The study and evaluation of intellectual property treaties and dispute mechanisms, bilateralism and the future of multilateralism in intellectual property and emerging issues for the coming years - health and access to pharmaceuticals, access to and protection of genetic resources and biodiversity, protection of traditional knowledge, harmonisation and the digital agenda.

University of Technology, Sydney
Graduate Certificate of Trade Mark Law and Practice, Intellectual Property Law
2011 – 2012

University of Auckland
Examination in New Zealand Law and Practice, Contract Law, Commercial Law, Civil Law, Property Law
1988 – 1999

University of Cape Town
Bachelor of Arts (major International Politics) - Bachelor of Laws, International Law and Legal Studies
1983 – 1987

Admitted to practice as a barrister and solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand, solicitor of the Supreme Courts of Queensland, New South Wales and Western Australia
Bachelor of Arts | University of Cape Town
Bachelor of Laws | University of Cape Town
Member - Queensland Law Society
Member - The Intellectual Property Society of Australia and New Zealand
Registered Trade Mark Attorney
Deputy Chair – QLD Technology and Intellectual Property (TIPS) Committee
Committee Member – IT Forum Gold Coast


How has Globalisation affected Intellectual Property and in turn what role has Intellectual Property played in Globalisation? (University of Technology, Sydney - October 2015)

Intellectual Property Law: Hands off: How to protect a product and process (Queensland Law Society - October 2014)
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