Lawyer Profile

Karen Abraham - Partner - Shearn Delamore & Co

Tel: +603 2027 2893
Address: 7th Floor, Wisma
Hamzah-Kwong Hing
No.1, Leboh Ampang
50100 Kuala Lumpur,

Shearn Delamore & Co

Malaysia, Intellectual Property, Telecommunications, Media & Technology

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Practice Areas


  • Intellectual Property (Head)
  • Technology & Communications (Head)
  • Personal Data Protection & Privacy Laws



  • English,
  • Malay




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.




  • 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




South Australia (1988)
Malaysia (1989)




  • 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)




  • Malaysian Bar
  • South Australia Bar
  • Associate Member of the UK Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • Intellectual Property Committee of the Malaysian Bar Council
  • 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)




  • Anti-Counterfeiting Guide – World Trademark Review, 2010-2017 [co-author]
  • Gis and the Road Ahead - Asia IP, 2017
  • 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, 2016 and 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




  • 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 – A “ Market Leading Lawyer” in Intellectual Property
  • Asialaw Profiles (2012 - 2016) - An “Asialaw Recommended Individual” in Intellectual Property
  • Chambers Asia Pacific (2010 - 2017) - One of the “Leaders in their Field” in Intellectual Property
  • MIP IP Stars (2016 and 2017) - The Top 250 Women in IP
  • The Legal 500 Asia Pacific (2010 - 2017) - a “Leading Individual” in Intellectual Property
  • Who’s Who Legal (2013 - 2017) - An “Expert” in Patents & Trademarks
  • World Trademark Review (2016 and 2017) – 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)