Karim Abass

Advocaat | Associate


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Karim works in financing and company law. He advises national and international clients on drafting and negotiating contracts. He has a broad intellectual property law background, particularly with respect to the enforcement of trademarks, trademark protection and e-commerce law.

Karim also has extensive experience in dispute resolution, especially in domain name disputes.

Before joining Houthoff in 2020, he worked as a lawyer for the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in Geneva, Switzerland.


  • LL.M. Intellectual Property and Information Law (University of Amsterdam)
  • LL.M. Intellectual Property and E-Law (University College Cork)
  • LL.B. Law (Leiden University)
  • Advised European private equity firm CastikCapital on the acquisition of TBAuctions, a leading European online auction platform.
  • Assisted H2 Equity Partners in the sale of its portfolio company Dutch Seafood Company, trading as ''Foppen'', to the listed company Hilton Food Group. 
  • Advised H2 Equity Partners on the sale of Brink Group. Brink has more than 100 years of expertise in the manufacturing industry. The company’s product portfolio includes fixed, detachable, retractable and next generation towbars.
  • Represented the Netherlands Vehicle Authority (RDW) in a dispute concerning the domain name rdwtellerrapport.nl. The disputed domain name led to a website offering alleged RDW odometer reports, falsely suggesting that the website was affiliated with RDW.
  • Advised PRO Unlimited on the acquisition of the Dutch Brainnet Group, both are vendor-neutral managed service providers (MSPs).
  • Advised Mzuri Holdings Ltd, owner of amongst others Decora Blind Systems, a European manufacturer and distributor of indoor window coverings on the acquisition of Coolblinds, an online retailer of made to measure blinds (better known as 123jaloezie.nl, plissegordijn.nl and rolgordijnland.nl).
  • Represented Brazilian multinational petroleum company Petrobras, as it sought the transfer of the domain name petrobrasbv.nl. The disputed domain name led to a fraudulent website mimicking Petrobras' official website.
  • Represented an individual, in a UDRP proceeding, who became the victim of a fraudulent domain name registration of his personal name and trademark. The disputed domain name led to a website aimed at committing identity theft.


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