Chambers, editie 2016
Quotes mainly from clients:
'IP Porta is efficient, punctual and offers pragmatic solutions'
'We have very good personal contact. The lawyers explain everything clearly and are a pleasure to work with.'
Karen Ongena... 'open and very direct communication and transparency. She is solution-oriented and we always get clear advice on how to act.'
Laurence Hubert... 'easy to reach and uses understandable language.'
Chambers, editie 2015
... Ghent-based full-service IP boutique, focusing on transactional and commercial instructions, including IP due diligence. Regularly represents clients in copyright and patent litigation cases. Advises technology start-up companies and clients from the IT and creative industries.
... Founding partner Karen Ongena is a widely recognised IP practitioner, experienced in defending IP and IT rights, and knowledgeable of the sector's market practice.
... Laurence Hubert is an active IP litigator and mediator and also advises on commercial IP contracts. ...
Chambers, editie 2014
... Experienced in assisting start-ups and SMEs with IP issues, and noted for its work for clients from the creative industries..." ... "impressive capacity for soft IP work..."
"The most important strenght of the team is its ability to explain difficult matters in comprehensible language." ...
Clients appreciate Karen Ongena's "excellent quality work, her knowledge of how businesses function and her ability to tailor-made opinions and recommendations based on that understanding."
Up-and-comping partner Laurence Hubert has acted for Renson Ventilation on a number of matters, including advising on an exclusive patent licence agreement. Interviewees note that "she always succeeds in providing us with good, clear information at short notice."
Chambers, editie 2013
This Ghent-based IP boutique enters the rankings thanks to excellent client feedback. Interviewees cite the firm's personal service, high quality of work and excellent value for money as notable strengths. The team acts for a mixture of international companies, SMEs and start-ups, particularly in new technology and creative industries...
Sources say: 'For specialised IP work, it is definitely the firm to go.' 'The lawyers are worth their weight in gold - they work hard and give 100% of their attention to your case.'
Chambers, editie 2012
Karen Ongena wins praise for her ability to stay calm during difficult situations. As one source declares, "she is an extremely skilled negotiator." ... Laurence Hubert is recommended as "a helpful and knowledgeable professional." She recently represented ... in an IP rights litigation regarding a telecoms device.
Chambers, editie 2011
Karen Ongena heads a small but promising team at IP Porta and is described as "a great negotiator, logical and accurate". Ongena is ably assisted by Laurence Hubert, and the firm is increasing its reputation on the market for both its advisory and litigation work.
Chambers, editie 2010
"Karen Ongena ... climbs the rankings due to impressive feedback from market sources, who laud her all-round IP knowledge, good communication skills and strategic thinking. ...
At the same firm, the "bright and accurate" Laurence Hubert stands out for being a "proactive thinker" and very pleasant to work with."
Legal 500, editie 2016
Boutique IP Porta handles mandates for a broad client base, most notably technology start-ups and companies in the creative industries; .... Key partner Karen Ongena has 'in-depth IP knowledge'.
Legal 500, editie 2015
IP Porta represented online retailer Up2Date Fashion in litigation before the Commercial Court with regard to the termination of a sponsorship agreement with Comité Miss Belgium. Karen Ongena is the key partner.
Legal 500, editie 2014
Ghent-based boutique IP Porta is 'fast, efficient' and represents 'value for money'. It handles IP contract drafting and negotiation, advisory and litigation work, and is earning recognition in the market. Karen Ongena and Laurence Hubert are 'extremely good'.
Legal 500, editie 2013
Boutique firm IP Porta has 'in-depth understanding' and 'remarkable capability' in IP matters, and is gaining traction in the market. ... Founding partner Karen Ongena and the 'precise and accurate' Laurence Hubert are the key partners.
Legal 500, editie 2012
IP Porta is a 'client-oriented' boutique, where the advice is 'certainly value for money'. Karen Ongena provides the 'best strategic options at SME level', and Laurence Hubert recently represented an American consumer goods company in obtaining ex parte measures against a consumer goods wholesaler pertaining to the client's design and trade mark rights.
Legal 500, editie 2011
IP Porta's Karen Ongena, ..., is recognised for her work on licence agreements and IP property rights; clients say she is 'very capable', able to find a 'compromise between theoretical and practical approaches', and 'gives notice on potential risks'. She 'knows how to approach SME's on IP questions', being part of a regionally-sponsored IP rights extension programme in Flanders. Clients include Sotheby's. Laurence Hubert made partner.
Legal 500, editie 2010
"... ‘solid advice, good file preparation, punctuality and exhaustive advice’ ...
The team has a strong data protection practice ...
Ongena is praised for ‘talking a companies language’."