Karen is a specialist intellectual property (IP) and commercial lawyer with an abundance of international experience. She is recognised as a leading practitioner by various legal directories and has practised in London, Hong Kong and Singapore.
Karen has advised well-known international IP owners as well as start-ups and creative individuals on all aspects of business issues which involve the protection and exploitation of IP rights in the UK and internationally in a broad range of industries. She has particular expertise in the fashion and beauty, technology, food and beverage and media sectors. Her non-contentious practice includes work from brand management and protection, product development, IP audits, licensing and sponsorship, to IP elements of business sale and purchase and other exploitation of IP rights. She also provides bespoke IP training to clients.
In addition to her non-contentious work, Karen is highly experienced in conducting litigation dealing with disputes at all court levels in the UK, particularly those involving trade marks, copyright, designs, database rights, confidentiality and trade secrets. She has built up considerable experience in the IP Enterprise Court (IPEC) and also advising and managing international disputes on behalf of clients.
Karen is also skilled in the use of alternative approaches to dispute resolution including mediation and arbitration. She is a domain name panelist for the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Asian Domain Name Dispute Resolution Centre (ADNDRC) and Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC), and is accredited as a mediator by the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR).
Please note: The experience list above may include examples of work completed prior to joining Keystone Law.
‘A global IP thinker...’ WTR 1000, 2018
Leading practitioner (trade marks), Women in Business Law 2017 Experts Guide
‘The “fabulous” Karen Fong wins plaudits for her prowess in the strategic and transactional sphere.’ WTR 1000, 2015
‘... is praised by sources for her commerciality and responsiveness.’ Chambers UK, 2014
‘ In addition to her "good advice" she gains market recognition for being "very commercial”’ Chambers Global, 2014
‘…Her efforts centre on transactional matters and dispute resolution.’ WTR 1000, 2014
‘…excels in understanding the nature of corporations’ business; her understanding of international requirements is pivotal in helping brand owners understand how to respond to issues as they arise. Patrons conclude that “through her leadership and extensive knowledge of UK and more broadly Asian legislation, she has placed us in the most advantageous possible position”’. WTR100, 2013
‘...taking a strong interest in co-ordinating many of the...largest litigation instructions. She also advises clients on their world-wide IP interest.’ Chambers UK, 2013
‘… advised on a brand protection and enforcement strategy for Paul’s Boutique.' Legal 500, 2013
‘… enjoys an outstanding reputation for dispute resolution across a range of soft and hard IP matters, and regularly advises high-profile clients on such issues.’ Chambers UK, 2012
‘... organised and flexible approach even when dealing with multiple time zones’ Chambers Global, 2011
‘... popular with clients for being flexible and responsive’ Chambers UK, 2011
‘… she is admired by clients for her "detailed and dedicated" approach.’ Chambers UK, 2010
“very knowledgeable”’ Legal 500, 2010
Managing Intellectual Property: ‘IP Star 2016-2018’
Managing Intellectual Property: ‘IP Star 2014’
Chambers Global, 2014: Recommended as a ‘Regional Expert in China’
WTR 1000, 2014: Recommended as a 'Leading individual'
Chambers Global, 2013: Recommended as a 'Leader in their field'
Chambers UK, 2013: Recommended as a 'Leader in their field'
WTR 1000, 2013: Recommended as a 'Leading individual'
European Women in Business Law Awards, 2012: won 'Best in Trade Marks' category
WTR 1000, 2012: Recommended as a ‘Leading individual’
Chambers Global, 2012: Recommended as a 'Leader in their field'
Chambers UK, 2012: Recommended as a ‘Leader in their Field’
Chambers UK, 2011: Recommended as a ‘Leader in their Field’
Chambers Global, 2011: Recommended as Band 1 Regional Expert in Hong Kong and China
Chambers UK, 2010: Recommended as a 'Leader in their field’
|2018||Keystone Law | Consultant Solicitor|
|2015-2018||Collyer Bristow | Partner, Head of Brands and Retail|
|2004-2015||Rouse Legal and Rouse & Co International Ltd, London | Consultant then Partner then Managing Partner then Global Compliance Standard and Ethics Partner|
|2002-2003||Dawsons, London | Senior Associate|
|2000-2002||Denton Wilde Sapte, Hong Kong | Consultant|
|1996-1999||Willoughby & Partners and Rouse & Co International Ltd, London | Associate then Partner|
|1994-1995||Barlow Lyde & Gilbert, Hong Kong | Solicitor/Associate|
|1993-1994||McKenna & Co, Hong Kong | Foreign Legal Consultant|
|1987-1991||Drew & Napier, Singapore | Pupil then Advocate and Associate|
|2018||Appointed as Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC) panelist|
|2017||Appointed as Asian Domain Name Dispute Resolution (ADNDRC) panelist|
|2010||Appointed as World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) panelist|
|2004||CEDR Accredited Mediator|
|1994||Admitted as a solicitor of the High Court of Hong Kong|
|1994||Admitted as a solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales|
|1989||Admitted as an Advocate & Solicitor of the Supreme Court of the Republic of Singapore|