Ms Karen Abraham > Shearn Delamore & Co > Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia > Lawyer Profile

Shearn Delamore & Co
7th Floor Wisma Hamzah-Kwong Hing
No. 1 Leboh Ampang

Work Department

  • Head, Intellectual Property

  • Head, Japan Desk
  • Personal Data Protection & Privacy Laws
  • Technology, Media & Telco
  • India Desk


Partner since 2001


Karen Abraham is the Head of the Intellectual Property department of Messrs Shearn Delamore & Co. Her practice covers all aspects of Intellectual Property, Technology, Media & Telecommunications, Data Protection and Competition Law. She has more than 30 years of litigation experience in Intellectual Property matters, appearing in the Apex Courts in Malaysia. The Malaysian law journals bear testimony of how she has been instrumental in setting precedent in IP jurisprudence thereby establishing and evolving IP infrastructure in Malaysia over 3 decades. Abraham regularly provides legal counsel on all allied IP rights and advises on compliance and regulatory matters relating to food and drugs, domain name disputes, licensing, franchising, merchandising, commercial sales contracts, sponsorship, advertising and entertainment, and media broadcasting laws. Abraham is also experienced in all aspects of Information Technology (IT), e-commerce, and telecommunications related matters and cyber laws. 

Abraham also works very closely with the Malaysian Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs (MDTCA) who are vested with the powers of enforcing IP rights under the existing IP legal regime including under Trademarks and Copyright, Consumer Protection and Trade Description legislations. Her enforcement practice focuses on crafting anti-piracy and anti-counterfeiting programmes for leading companies in the global market, as well as crafting innovative strategies and brand management schemes for global and local IP brands. 

Abraham is the first woman in Malaysia to hold a position as Board Member of the International Trademark Association (INTA). Abraham was the Assistant Secretary General of the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI) and was the first Malaysian to sit on the Bureau of AIPPI. She also sits as Council member of ASEAN IP Association (AIPA) and in 2021, she was appointed the Asia Pacific Regional Forum Liaison Officer, IBA Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law Committee. Karen is an active committee member of the Asian Patent Attorneys Association, AIPPI and Marques.

Abraham is a Panellist on the Domain Name Dispute panel of the Asian International Arbitration Centre (AIAC) and a Panel member of the Malaysian Mediation Centre. She is also serves the IP Committee and the Disciplinary Board of the Malaysian Bar Council.


English, Malay


  • Advocate and Solicitor, Malaysian Bar
  • Advocate and Solicitor, South Australia Bar
  • Domain Name Dispute Resolution Panellist, Asian International Arbitration Centre (AIAC)
  • Past Board of Director, International Trademark Association (INTA)
  • Past Board of Director, International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI)
  • Council Member, ASEAN Intellectual Property Association (ASEAN IPA)
  • Council Member, Asia-Pacific Global Advisory INTA
  • Co-Chair, Emerging IP Rights committee of the Asian Patents Attorneys Association Of Malaysia (APAA)
  • Project Team, Asia-Pacific Moot Competition INTA
  • Panel of Neutrals, INTA
  • Far East Committee Member, American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)
  • Asia Pacific Regional Forum Liaison Officer, IBA Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law Committee
  • Committee Member, Technology Law Committee, IBA
  • Committee Member, Famous and Well Known Marks Team, MARQUES
  • Committee Member, IP and GRTK Standing Committee, International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI)
  • Co-Chair, Traditional Cultural Expressions Subcommittee, International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI)
  • Committee Member, Intellectual Property of the Malaysian Bar Council
  • Associate Member, UK Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • Panel of Accredited Mediators of Malaysia
  • Member, IBA
  • Member, Inter-Pacific Bar Association (IPBA)
  • Member, International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)
  • Member, AIPPI
  • Member, INTA
  • Member, Malaysian International Property Association (MIPA)
  • Member, Malaysian Mediation Centre Member
  • Member, Asian Patent Association Attorneys (APAA)
  • Member, Licensing Society of Malaysia (LES)
  • Member, LAWASIA, the Malaysian Invention and Design Society (MINDS)


  • 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



  • Law Business Research Ltd: The Intellectual Property Review, Tenth Edition, 2021
  • Brexit and Your Marks in the UK: A Brief Report, 2021
  • Lexology – Arbitrating Intellectual Property Disputes: Lessons from Hong Kong and Singapore, 2020
  • Industrial Design Rights: An International Perspective (3rd Edition) – Wolters Kluwer, 2020
  • AIPPI Law Series: Genuine Use of Trademarks – Wolters Kluwer, 2020, 2018 [co-author]
  • Chambers Global Practice Guide 2019 Malaysia Pharmaceutical Advertising: Q&A [co-author]
  • International Comparative Legal Guide to: Trade Marks 2019 – Global Legal Group, 2019 [co-author]
  • International Comparative Legal Guide to: Trade Marks 2018 – Global Legal Group, 2018 [co-author]
  • Sweet & Maxwell: Domain Name Dispute Resolution, 2018 [co-author]
  • Managing IP: Monetising IP assets – Malaysia, 2018
  • Managing IP: ASEAN Proposes Pan-ASEAN Trademark System, 2018 [co-author]
  • Managing IP: Asia-Pacific IP Focus, 2018 [co-author]
  • INTA ASEAN: IP and the latest developments, 2017
  • Asia IP: GIs and the Road Ahead, 2017
  • International Patent Litigation: Malaysia Chapter – Bloomberg BBNA, 2017 [co-author]
  • Trademark Litigation Handbook – Thomson Reuters, 2017 and 2013 [co-author]
  • World Trademark Review: Anti-Counterfeiting Guide, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011 and 2010
  • Arbitration in Malaysia: A Practical Guide – KLRCA, 2016
  • World IP Review – Newton Media Limited, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013 and 2012 [co-author]
  • Managing IP: APAC IP Focus, 2015
  • Center for International Legal Studies: World Intellectual Property Rights and Remedies, 2015
  • Thomson Reuters: Copyright Litigation, 2015 and 2010
  • The European Lawyer Reference: Copyright Litigation, 2015 and 2010
  • The European Lawyer Reference: Trademark Litigation, 2013
  • Acquisition International: Intellectual Property through M&A, 2012
  • Managing IP: Managing IP in the Credit Crunch, 2009
  • Managing IP: Top of the to-do List, 2008
  • Asian Counsel: Employment Special Report, 2007
  • Asian Counsel: Changing the laws by which we work, 2007
  • Managing IP: Zero tolerance for infringement, 2007
  • AIPPI Newsletter: Landlord liability in Intellectual Property, 2006
  • Managing IP: Malaysia’s IP Shopping List, 2006
  • Managing IP: Brand Management Focus, 2005
  • Managing IP: Legislative changes boost IP enforcement, 2004
  • Asian IP: Price fixing – The next frontier in combating piracy, 2003

Lawyer Rankings

Malaysia > Intellectual property

(Hall of Fame)

Karen AbrahamShearn Delamore & Co

The IP team at Shearn Delamore & Co is led by Karen Abraham, described as ‘the best there is in Malaysia and the region’. The team stands out for its work on Malaysia-based trademark and patent prosecution; uniquely, it manages large trademark portfolios of international clients, including Astro, Petronas and Pfizer, in addition to various global technology companies. The practice advises on angles of appropriate protection and enforcement of trademarks. Further, it deals with registration and protection of domain names issues and the enforcement of industrial design protection. Indran Shanmuganathan has expertise working with government bodies to enforce anti-counterfeiting laws. Zaraihan Shaari retired in December 2021.

Malaysia > TMT (including Fintech)

Shearn Delamore & Co’s TMT practice is well-placed to leverage the expertise of the firm’s wider IP, financial services, corporate and M&A, tax and competition teams. Key areas of expertise extend to cloud-based agreements, technology transactions, regulatory compliance issues and licensing agreements. Practice leader Timothy Siaw has considerable experience in the IP and technology arenas, while Christina Kow advises on structures involving financial services, including cryptocurrencies, electronic payments and electronic platforms. Karen Abraham and ‘invaluableJanet Toh specialise in IP.