IP PORTA offers accessible and high-quality services in the domain of intellectual property rights. It supports companies and contributes as such to innovation, development and prosperity.



7 May 2013

1.  Advice

  • advice with regard to intellectual property (IP) in your company, opportunities and risks
  • punctual guidance with regard to the protection of innovations and creations, advertising, R&D strategies, contracts, e-commerce projects
  • assessment of infringements
  • audit with regard to privacy and processing of data
2.  Contracts

  • standard contracts (standard licensing agreements, collaboration agreements, confidentiality agreements)
  • standard clauses (privacy disclaimer, clauses relating to intellectual property rights)
  • tailored contract drafting
  • software contracts: SLA, maintenance agreements, software licenses
  • negotiation of contracts
  • assessment of contractual breaches
3.  Assistance in litigation-proceedings

  • file composition and assessment of chances of succes
  • mediation - arbitration
  • specific proceedings: seizure due to counterfeit, cessation proceedings, infringement proceedings, domain name disputes, proceedings relating to software
  • general judicial proceedings: provisional measures, summary proceedings, proceedings on the merits
  • criminal proceedings: information technology crimes, hacking, counterfeiting, piracy, etc.
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Chambers, edition 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, edition 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, edition 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-coming 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, edition 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 strenghts. 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, edition 2012

Karen Ongena wins praise for her aibility 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, edition 2011

Karen Ongena heads a small but promising team at IP Porta and is described as "a great negociator, 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, edition 2010

Karen Ongena ... climbs the rankings due to impressive feedback from the 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 pro-active thinker" and very pleasant to work with.

Chambers, edition 2009

“Clients are quick to praise Karen Ongena due to her approachability and high-quality work.”


Legal 500, edition 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, edition 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, edition 2014

Ghent-based IP 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, edition 2013

Boutique firm IP Porta has 'in-dept 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, edition 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, edition 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 right's extension programme in Flanders. Clients include Sotheby's. Laurence Hubert made partner.

Legal 500, edition 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'.

Legal 500, edition 2009

Possessing "perfect knowledge of IP, data protection and faire trade practices".