Karen Navamani Abraham

Karen Navamani Abraham

Karen Navamani Abraham

Karen has broad experience in contentious 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.

Positions Held

  • 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)
  • INTA Asia Pacific Global Advisory Council Member (GAC)
  • ASEAN Intellectual Property Association (ASEAN IPA), Council Member
  • Domain Name Dispute Resolution Panelist of Asian International Arbitration Centre (AIAC)
  • Panel of Accredited Mediators
  • International Trademark Association Panel of Neutrals (INTA)
  • Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law Committee (IBA)
  • Technology Law Committee (IBA)
  • 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)


  • 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
  • ASEAN proposes Pan-ASEAN Trademark System – Managing Intellectual Property, 2018 [co-author]
  • Chambers Global Practice Guide 2019 Malaysia Pharmaceutical Advertising : Q&A [co-author]

Practice Areas: Corporate and Commercial, Entertainment, Information Technology, Intellectual Property, Mediation
Affiliations and Certifications:

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

Awards and Recognition:

Asialaw Leading Lawyers (2013 and 2016) – “Leading Lawyer” in Intellectual Property
Asialaw Leading Lawyers (2017 – 2019) – “Market Leading Lawyer” in Intellectual Property
Asialaw Profiles (2012 – 2016) – “Recommended Individual” in Intellectual Property
Chambers Asia-Pacific (2010 – 2019) – “Leaders in their Field” in Intellectual Property
The Legal 500 Asia-Pacific (2010 – 2019) – “Leading Individual” in Intellectual Property
Asia IP Experts (2015 – 2018) – “Expert” in Enforcement, Patents, Trademark and Litigation
Expert Guides (2018) – “Leading Practitioner” in Trademark and Women in Business Law
MIP IP Stars (2018) – Trademark Star in Malaysia
MIP IP Stars (2016 – 2019) – Top 250 Women in IP
Who’s Who Legal (2013 – 2018) – “Expert” in Patents & Trademarks
World Trademark Review (2016 – 2019) – “Gold Tier” for Enforcement and Litigation
World IP Review (2019) – one of the Influential Women in IP
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)
Acquisition International 2019 – Leading Women in IP Spotlight
World IP Review (2019) – one of the 80 Influential Women in IP
Asia Business Law Journal (2019) – one of Malaysia’s top 100 lawyers
Corporate LiveWire Global Awards (2019) – IP Lawyer of the Year


LL.B (Hons), University of Adelaide, South Australia
Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, South Australia Institute of Technology
Barrister & Solicitor, South Australia Supreme Court
Advocate & Solicitor, High Court of Malaya
Industrial Design and Trademark Agent
Accredited Mediator of the Malaysian Mediation Centre

Language/s: English
Address: 7th Floor, Wisma Hamzah-Kwong Hing, No.1 Leboh Ampang,
City: Kuala Lumpur

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