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Intellectual Property

Contentious IP work; litigating IP disputes; anti-counterfeiting; enforcement and licensing programmes; exploitation of IP rights; competition law; broadcasting; all aspects of information technology; and telecommunications.

Her practice covers all areas of Intellectual Property and Information Technology law, although her main area of practice has been IP Litigation and enforcement. She appears frequently in the High Court, Court of Appeal and the Federal Court, and negotiates and advises on exploitation and enforcement of IP rights for leading multinational companies throughout the world. She has also designed and crafted anti-piracy and anti-counterfeiting programmes and brand management schemes for leading companies in the global market.

She advises on all allied IP rights such as food and drug, licensing, agency franchising, merchandising, commercial sales contracts, sponsorship, advertising and entertainment, media broadcasting laws, and all aspects of IT, e-commerce and telecommunications-related causes and cyberlaws.

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• LL.B (Hons) degree, University of Adelaide
• Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice
• Barrister & Solicitor, South Australia Supreme Court
• Advocate & Solicitor, High Court of Malaya
• Industrial Design Agent
• Trademark Agent

Admission to the Bar

• South Australia (1988)
• Malaya (1989)

Professional Memberships

• Assistant Secretary General of the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI), Malaysian Chapter
• Past Chair of the IP Committee of the Inter-Pacific Bar Association (IPBA)
• Member of the Inter-Pacific Bar Association (IPBA)
• Currently sits on External Partnering Sub-Committee as well as the Taskforce Sub-Committee of the Alternate Dispute Resolution Committee of the International Trade Mark Association (INTA)
• Appointed on the International Trade Mark Association's (INTA) Panel of Neutrals
• Sits on the Education Committee of MARQUES (The Association of European Trademark Owners)
• Member of the Intellectual Property Committee of the Bar Council of Malaysia
• Member of the ADR Committee of the Bar Council of Malaysia
• Accredited Mediator of the Malaysian Mediation Centre
• Associate Member of the UK Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
• Panelist on the Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration
• Committee Member of the IP Committee of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)
• Member of the Malaysian International Property Association (MIPA)
• Member of the Asian Patent Association Attorneys (APAA)
• Member of the Licensing Society of Malaysia (LES)
• Member of LawAsia
• Member of the Malaysian Invention and Design Society (MINDS)
• Member of the Asean Intellectual Property Association (Asean IPA)
• Member of the International Bar Association (IBA)

Awards and Recognition

• Recognised by and listed in the Asia IP Experts 2015 for Enforcement, Patents, Trademark and Litigation practice areas

• Recognised by and listed in the Who’s Who Legal: Patents and Trademarks Lawyers for 2014, 2015 and 2016

• Asialaw Profiles 2013 - a "Recommended Lawyer".

• Asialaw Profiles 2014 – “very client-oriented and efficient,” and a lawyer who “shows personal interest and takes initiative to get closer to the client to be able to help more appropriately."

• Asialaw Profiles 2015 - "Abraham is praised for her “communication and responsiveness".”

• Asialaw Profiles 2016 -“She [Abraham] gives solid advice and provides a reliable service. She is contactable late at night and during the weekends.” 

• Asialaw Leading Lawyers (2013 - 2016) - a "Leading Lawyer" in Intellectual Property practice.

• Chambers Asia Pacific 2010 - "Internationallty recognised Karen Abraham, who is best known for her work on enforcement matters."

• Chambers Asia Pacific 2011 - "Is best-known for her government-related lobbying practice and cutting-edge work in anti-counterfeiting enforcement. “She excels in delivering workable, pragmatic solutions,” remarks one source, a skill that complements her advice in relation to ligitation and dispute resolution concerns."

• Chambers Asia Pacific 2012 - "Is particularly strong on trade mark and enforcement work and is also adept at advising the government on lobbying and anti-counterfeiting measures."

• Chambers Asia Pacific 2013 - "Karen Abraham is the other head of the practice and is best known for IP-related litigation and enforcement work. She regularly appears before all court levels and recently represented the Agricultural & Processed Food Products Export Development Authority of India, among others, in a case to determine the scope of the courts to recognise a mark as a geographical indication."

• Chambers Asia Pacific 2014 - "Karen Abraham is the highly respected co-head of the practice. She has a broad practice with an emphasis on contentious matters. One client commented: "She is really the specialist when it comes to tracking down and dealing with the counterfeiting of items."

• Chambers Asia Pacific 2015 - ""Highly regarded" Karen Abraham co-heads the department and is best known for her enforcement and litigation capabilities. She is sought after by leading international brands for enforcement matters as well as anti-counterfeiting and brand management programmes."

• Chambers Asia Pacific 2016 - "Karen Abraham co-heads the department with Wong Sai Fong and focuses primarily on enforcement and other litigious issues. Sources describe her as "very business-minded and commercially savvy" and further praise her advocacy skills. Of late, she assisted Baba Products with an action claiming trade mark infringement and passing off."

• Chambers Asia Pacific 2017 - "Karen Abraham is a well-regarded lawyer, especially active on trade mark and copyright infringement matters. A client says that she "has a solid understanding of IP issues and has consistently suggested solutions that were practical, always aligning with our needs." She recently acted for Baba Products in a trade mark infringement case concerning another company passing off its brand."

• Expert Guides 2015 - Women in Business Law in Trademark.

• IAM 1000- The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners 2014 – “Karen Abraham is a distinguished advocate and a great communicator.”

• Managing Intellectual Property – IP STARS 2016 - Top 250 Women in IP

• The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2011 - "Department heads ... and Karen Abraham have leading reputations."

• The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2012 - a "Leading Individual".

• The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2013 - "Karen Abraham.....successfully obtained disqualification of the Ponni trade mark on behalf of a group of claimants at both the High Court and Court of Appeal, in a landmark decision for geographical indication of trade marks."

• The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2014 - a "Leading Lawyer".

• The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2015 - "Karen Abraham acts for major brand owners, and recently advised Prada on a passing off matter."

• The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2016 - "Abraham oversaw a raid of premises wherein counterfeit shoes bearing the trade mark of client Tony Burch were being sold."

• The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2017 - "Shearn Delamore & Co’s ‘excellent’ eight–partner practice is led by Karen Abraham, who acted for the defendant, BATMark, in a trade mark dispute and represented Marriott, as the claimant, in an infringement and passing off case."

• Who’s Who Legal Trademarks 2014 – “Karen Abraham is particularly well known for her design and crafting of anti-piracy and anti-counterfeiting programmes and brand management schemes for leading companies.”

• World Trademark Review 1000- The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals 2014 – “Karen Abraham is a thought leader in both domestic and international trademark associations”.


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