Karen Ongena

Karen leads the team together with Laurence Hubert. She has a long experience in the domain of intellectual property rights. Her practice includes the entire spectrum of advising, drafting and negotiating agreements and dispute resolution in her favourite matters: intellectual property rights, trade practices and I.T. She is also one of few privacy specialists in Belgium. She regularly gives in-house seminars at clients.

Karen taught 'Law for innovation and entrepreneurship' at the Antwerp Management School in 2014, 2015 and 2016. She is regularly invited by the University of Leuven, department Kortrijk (KULAK) to teach on intellectual property rights. Karen is recognized third party decider with respect to .be domain name disputes (CEPINA) and resides in the Committee for the recognition of Belgian Patent Attorneys. She has published on copyright, trademarks, games of chance and trade practices.

She obtained her law degree at KUL cum laude, studied at Paris I Panthéon Sorbonne and obtained an LL.M. at Cambridge University.

From 1998 through 2004 Karen was an associate at Loeff Claeys Verbeke and Allen & Overy. She started the IP-department of Ambos Advocaten in 2005. Since 1 December 2009 the lawyers of this department form IP PORTA.


  • Data protection and privacy
  • Trade practices
  • I.T.
  • Intellectual property
  • Media, portrait rights
  • New technologies


  • Partner, IP PORTA, Ghent (December 2009 – current)
  • Partner, Ambos Advocaten, formerly Van de Vijver Van Clemen, Ghent (2005 – November 2009)
  • Partner, De Schrijver, Van de Gehuchte, Messiaen, Ghent (2004 –2005)
  • Associate, department intellectual property, Allen & Overy, formerly Loeff Claeys Verbeke, Kortrijk and Brussels (1998 – 2004)


  • University Cambridge, Queens’ College, Master of Laws (1998)
  • University Leuven, law degree (1997)
  • Paris I Panthéon – Sorbonne, Exchange program (1996)


  • “Sales promotions and the new Act on games”, Tijdschrift voor Belgisch Handelsrecht, nr. 10, 2001, p. 663
  • “Cease the counterfeit”, Juristenkrant, nr. 44, 27 February 2002, p. 8
  • “An alternative procedure for the trademark owner”, I.R.D.I., nr. 2-3, 2002, p. 189
  • “The Brussels Tribunal of First Instance puts a halt to the collecting society’s greed”, A&O Intellectual Property Law Update, 54, December 2003-January 2004, p. 2
  • Contributions on Belgian data protection legislation and case law in Pierre-Beausse, C., La protection des données personnelles, Editions Promoculture 2005
  • "A qualified review on counterfeit in China", Ondernemers (Tijdschrift van Kamer van Koophandel), nr. 06-09, August - September 2006, p. 35-36
  • "Rechtsplegingen inzake Intellectuele Rechten - Afdeling 1. Betreffende het beslag inzake namaak", Gerechtelijk recht Artikelsgewijze commentaren (Kluwer, December 2009)
  • "Rechtsplegingen inzake Intellectuele Rechten : het beslag inzake namaak", Handels- en Economisch Recht Artikelsgewijze commentaren (Kluwer, December 2009)

Professional activities

  • Member of the Benelux Association for Trademark and Design rights (BMM) (since 2004)
  • Member of AIPPI (Association Internationale pour la Protection de la Propriété Intellectuelle)
  • Academic co-worker, KULAK, 2006-2007
  • Recognised arbitrator for .be domain name disputes (CEPINA)
  • Member of the Commission for the recognition of patent attorneys
  • Member Cepani


  • Dutch
  • French
  • English


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