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Karen Abraham

Karen Abraham



  • Intellectual Property
  • Personal Data Protection and Privacy Laws
  • Technology, Media & Telco

WSG Practice Industries


WSG Leadership

Patent Law Workshop Group
IBA Group
INTA Group
Karen Abraham has broad experience in contentious Intellectual Property (IP) work, IP litigation, enforcement and licensing programmes, anti-counterfeiting, exploitation of IP rights, competition law and broadcasting. She frequently appears in the High Court, Court of Appeal and the Federal Court representing local and global companies. She negotiates and advises on the exploitation and enforcement of IP rights for leading multinational companies around the world. Karen has also designed and crafted anti-piracy and anti-counterfeiting programmes as well as brand management schemes from small to leading local and global companies. She further provides legal counsel on all allied IP rights relating to matters such as food and drugs, domain name disputes, licensing, agency franchising, merchandising, commercial sales contracts, sponsorship, advertising and entertainment, and media broadcasting laws. Karen is also experienced in all aspects of Information Technology (IT), e-commerce, and telecommunications related matters and cyberlaws.

Bar Admissions

South Australia (1988)
Malaysia (1989)


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 and Trademark Agent
Accredited Mediator of the Malaysian Mediation Centre
Areas of Practice

Intellectual Property | Personal Data Protection and Privacy Laws | Technology, Media & Telco

Professional Career

Significant Accomplishments

Asia IP Experts (2015 – 2017); An Expert in Enforcement, Patents, Trademark and Litigation
Asialaw Leading Lawyers (2013 and 2016); A Leading Lawyer in Intellectual Property
Asialaw Leading Lawyers 2017 and 2018; A Market Leading Lawyer in Intellectual Property
Asialaw Profiles (2012 - 2016); An Asialaw Recommended Individual in Intellectual Property
Chambers Asia Pacific (2010 - 2018); One of the Leaders in their Field in Intellectual Property
Expert Guides 2018; one of the leading practitioners in Trademark
MIP IP Stars 2018/19; Trademark Star in Malaysia
MIP IP Stars (2016 - 2018); The Top 250 Women in IP
The Legal 500 Asia Pacific (2010 - 2018); a Leading Individual in Intellectual Property
Who’s Who Legal (2013 - 2018); An Expert in Patents & Trademarks
World Trademark Review (2016 - 2018); Gold Tier for Enforcement and Litigation
Highlighted in the 9th edition of the Malaysia Book of Records as the first Malaysian to be appointed on the Board of the Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI) and first Malaysian Woman appointed on International Trademark Association Board of Directors (INTA)

Professional Associations

Malaysian Bar
South Australia Bar
Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb)
Inter-Pacific Bar Association (IPBA)
International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)
International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI)
International Trade Mark Association (INTA)
Malaysian International Property Association (MIPA)
Malaysian Mediation Centre Member
Asian Patent Association Attorneys (APAA)
Licensing Executive Society of Malaysia (LESM)
LAWASIA, the Malaysian Invention and Design Society (MINDS)
International Bar Association (IBA)

Professional Activities and Experience

2017 - 2018 INTA Asia-Pacific Moot Competition Project Team
INTA Asia Pacific Global Advisory Council Member (GAC)
ASEAN Intellectual Property Association (ASEAN IPA), Council Member
Domain Name Dispute Resolution Panelist of Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre of Arbitration (KLRCA)
International Trademark Association Panel of Neutrals
American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA), Far East Committee Member
Past Assistant Secretary General of the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI)
Past Board Member of the International Trademark Association (INTA)
Past President of the Malaysian Chapter of the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI)
Panel of Accredited Mediators
Co Chair of the Emerging IP Rights committee of the Asian Patents Attorneys Association Of Malaysia (APAA)
INTA Asia-Pacific Moot Competition Project Team (INTA)
Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law Committee (IBA)
Associate Member of Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb)


Madrid Protocol
Shearn Delamore & Co., April 2016

It won’t be long before Malaysia becomes a party to the Madrid Protocol with strong indicationspointing towards Malaysia acceding to this treaty by 2013. The Madrid Protocol system, which is a global trademark registration system is administered centrally by the International Bureau of the WorldIntellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), located in Geneva, Switzerland...

Amendments to the Copyright Act 1987
Shearn Delamore & Co., April 2016

The Copy Right Act 1987 provides a framework for the protection of copy right and enforcement through civil redress, as well as outlines the powers granted to state authorities for the enforcement of copy right and prosecution of copy right offences. The Copy Right Amendment Act 2012 (“2012 Amendment Act”) came into operation on 1st March 2012. The following is a summary of some of the amendmentspursuant to the 2012 Amendment Act...

Additional Articles

Chambers Global Practice Guide 2019 Malaysia Pharmaceutical Advertising : Q&A [co-author]
ASEAN proposes Pan-ASEAN Trademark System – Managing Intellectual Property, 2018 [co-author]
Chambers Global Practice Guide 2019 Malaysia Pharmaceutical Advertising : Q&A [co-author]
AIPPI Law Series: Genuine Use of Trademarks – Wolters Kluwer, 2018
International Comparative Legal Guide to: Trade Marks 2018 – Global Legal Group, 2018 [co-author]
Asia-Pacific IP Focus – Managing Intellectual Property, 2018 [co-author]
Anti-Counterfeiting Guide – World Trademark Review, 2010-2017 [co-author]
World IP Review– Newton Media Limited, 2012-2016 [co-author]
Trademark Litigation Handbook- Thomson Reuters, 2013 and 2017 [co-author]
International Patent Litigation: Malaysia Chapter – Bloomberg BBNA, 2017 [co-author]
Arbitration in Malaysia: A Practical Guide – KLRCA, 2016
APAC IP Focus- Managing Intellectual Property, 2015
Copyright Litigation – Thomson Reuters, 2010 and 2015
World Intellectual Property Rights and Remedies – Center for International Legal Studies, 2015
Managing & Protecting – Intellectual Property through M&A – Acquisition International, 2012
Managing IP in the Credit Crunch – Managing Intellectual Property, 2009
Top of the to-do List – Managing Intellectual Property, 2008
Zero tolerance for infringement – Managing Intellectual Property, 2007
Changing the laws by which we work – Asian Counsel, 2007
Malaysia’s IP Shopping List – Managing Intellectual Property, 2006
Brand Management Focus – Managing Intellectual Property, 2005
Legislative changes boost IP enforcement – Managing Intellectual Property, 2004
Price fixing – The next frontier in combating piracy – Asian IP, 2003

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