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Global Guide

Intellectual Property: Domestic — Japan


Abe, Ikubo & Katayama - Intellectual Property Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Mami Hino is favoured by clients for her ability to "understand the needs of Western clients and give different perspectives." One observer further reports: "She is very knowledgeable and has specific knowledge in chemistry and pharmaceutical matters." She acted successfully for Boehringer Ingelheim in challenging a nullity action by a generic company concerning its Micamlo patent. Also admitted to the New York Bar, she is well versed in advising clients on IP issues with a US element.

Eiji Katayama is an "excellent and great lawyer" who is highly sought after for his depth of expertise in tackling contentious IP matters, including patent infringement claims. He is well versed in acting for manufacturers and pharmaceutical companies and can draw upon three decades of experience in representing clients at the Tokyo District Court.

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Anderson Mori & Tomotsune - Intellectual Property Department

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Yasufumi Shiroyama is famed for his wealth of experience in patent and trade mark law. He maintains a robust track record in handling invalidation and infringement actions, and is singled out by observers as a "very friendly and likeable" practitioner who is "very smart" and "very diligent."

Yoshikazu Iwase is distinguished as a practitioner who is "very good at advising clients in the pharmaceutical and chemical" sectors. His recent workload includes acting on both patent infringement matters and trade secrets cases.

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Jones Day - Intellectual Property Department

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Maxwell Fox is frequently mandated to assist with US patent infringement matters and has advised Canon on defending a claim by Uniloc relating to the patent covering a software registration system. He is singled out by one commentator who remarks that he is "very smart and very easy to communicate with."

Michiru Takahashi's practice centres on a wide variety of trade mark issues. Her recent work highlights include acting for Dell on a range of patent and trade mark prosecution, enforcement and licensing matters. One client reports: "She has an abundance of experience. She is also very good at creating an environment in which it is easy to converse with her, and we feel that she thinks from the client's perspective."

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KUBOTA - Intellectual Property Department

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The "very experienced" Eiichiro Kubota continues to be a popular choice for both domestic and international corporations engaged in IP litigation. He has a robust track record in defending clients in patent disputes and has advised Sony on three patent matters filed by Fujifilm concerning data storage tapes for computers. He is also regularly instructed to act on anti-counterfeiting claims and trade mark portfolio management issues.

Yusuke Inui is swiftly establishing a reputation as a "very good" practitioner active in assisting domestic corporations in an array of patent and trade mark matters. His work includes advising Kokuyo on its global portfolio.

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Mori Hamada & Matsumoto - Intellectual Property Department

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Sources single out Yutaka Miyoshi as a practitioner who is "a good lawyer who communicates very well and explains his thoughts very well." He is regularly instructed on patent infringement and preliminary injunction matters as well as trade dress infringement claims. He is also noted for his depth of expertise in copyright matters.

Yoshifumi Onodera is described as a practitioner who has a "high level of speciality and advises from the client's prospective." He has particular expertise in assisting Japanese clients with a wide array of IP issues concerning China and is the chief representative of the Beijing office.

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Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu - Intellectual Property Department

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Ryoichi Mimura is hailed as a "very energetic and bright" practitioner, valued by clients for his ability to draw upon his previous experience as an IP judge. Recent work highlights include successfully acting for Kyowa Hakko Kirin and Alcon Research in invalidation claim proceedings before the Japan Patent Office concerning the patent covering the clients' valuable eye drop product Patanol.

Masato Tanaka is acknowledged for being able to draw upon his experience as a former judge when handling IP matters. He is often called upon to act on contentious issues and is also adept in advising corporations on matters pertaining to transactional and broader corporate matters.

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Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu has expertise in all aspects of IP
law, including licensing, litigations, new issues arising in the digital domain, IP-based M&A, joint ventures, IP-based structured finance, privacy and competition law IP issues, and handles a wide variety of disputes and provide pre-dispute advice as well as general, coordinated IP program structuring.

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Nakamura & Partners - Intellectual Property Department

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Yoshio Kumakura is a seasoned practitioner who is praised by clients for his "deep knowledge and broad opinions on market precedent." He continues to advise on contentious matters and successfully represented KK EMAX Tokyo at the Supreme Court in appealing against a decision of the Fukuoka High Court in favour of Nippon Kenso Kogyo. The case concerned the trade mark 'EMAX'.

Koichi Tsujii is highly proficient in acting for clients in the telecommunications sector and represented KDDI in defending a JPY5.08 million patent infringement damages claim by Core Appli concerning software in smartphones. He is also trusted by corporations for his depth of knowledge in trade mark and copyright matters.

Kei Iida holds deep-rooted expertise in contentious IP matters. Of late, he represented Jill Stuart Asia at the Tokyo District Court in securing a provisional injunction against Sanei International. The case concerned Sanei's use of the Jill Stuart name in respect of women's clothing. He is also skilled in representing corporations against patent trolls.

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STW & Partners - Intellectual Property Department

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Wataru Sueyoshi continues to be regarded as "a leading lawyer in the IP industry." One client also adds: "He has a lot of experience in the field of intellectual property rights and trade secrets litigation."

Hajime Watanabe is singled out for his prowess in tackling IP litigation and competition matters. He also offers a wealth of knowledge in cross-border and trade secrets issues.

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TMI Associates - Intellectual Property Department

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Managing partner Yoshiyuki Inaba is a seasoned practitioner who is hailed as a "big name" and a "legend in the benrishi community." He continues to assist major corporations with trade mark filings and the management of their portfolios. His work also encompasses prosecutions and enforcements of clients' IP rights.

Mitsuko Miyagawa is most noted for her prowess in assisting corporations with brand protection matters. "She is very passionate about trade marks and has a very good niche area in luxury goods," reports one observer, while another remarks: "She is talented and smart." Miyagawa also handles contentious design and copyright matters.

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Yuasa & Hara - Intellectual Property Department

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Kozo Yabe is a seasoned practitioner with deep-rooted expertise in soft IP and more general corporate matters. His clients include those in the e-commerce sector.

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Senior Statesmen

Nakamura & Partners

From the Chambers Global guide

Yoshio Kumakura is a seasoned practitioner who is praised by clients for his "deep knowledge and broad opinions on market precedent." He continues to advise on contentious matters and successfully represented KK EMAX Tokyo at the Supreme Court in appealing against a decision of the Fukuoka High Court in favour of Nippon Kenso Kogyo. The case concerned the trade mark 'EMAX'.

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Abe, Ikubo & Katayama

From the Chambers Global guide

Eiji Katayama is an "excellent and great lawyer" who is highly sought after for his depth of expertise in tackling contentious IP matters, including patent infringement claims. He is well versed in acting for manufacturers and pharmaceutical companies and can draw upon three decades of experience in representing clients at the Tokyo District Court.

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Ohno & Partners

From the Chambers Global guide

Seiji Ohno of Ohno & Partners is highly proficient in tackling contentious matters concerning patent law. He commands great respect among his peers, who point to his handling of major cases and his deep understanding of the court systems and judges. One observer characterises him as "very high-calibre" while another characterises him as a brilliant lawyer who "works very hard."

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Yasufumi Shiroyama

Anderson Mori & Tomotsune

From the Chambers Global guide

Yasufumi Shiroyama is famed for his wealth of experience in patent and trade mark law. He maintains a robust track record in handling invalidation and infringement actions, and is singled out by observers as a "very friendly and likeable" practitioner who is "very smart" and "very diligent."

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STW & Partners

From the Chambers Global guide

Wataru Sueyoshi continues to be regarded as "a leading lawyer in the IP industry." One client also adds: "He has a lot of experience in the field of intellectual property rights and trade secrets litigation."

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Anderson Mori & Tomotsune

From the Chambers Global guide

Yoshikazu Iwase is distinguished as a practitioner who is "very good at advising clients in the pharmaceutical and chemical" sectors. His recent workload includes acting on both patent infringement matters and trade secrets cases.

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Sakurazaka Law Offices

From the Chambers Global guide

Harumi Kojo of Sakurazaka Law Offices is described by commentators as "very talented and very experienced" in working on contentious IP issues. Another source reports: "She is a very good litigator who is very easy to deal with." She is also well versed in acting on unfair competition matters and licensing agreements.

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KUBOTA

From the Chambers Global guide

The "very experienced" Eiichiro Kubota continues to be a popular choice for both domestic and international corporations engaged in IP litigation. He has a robust track record in defending clients in patent disputes and has advised Sony on three patent matters filed by Fujifilm concerning data storage tapes for computers. He is also regularly instructed to act on anti-counterfeiting claims and trade mark portfolio management issues.

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Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu

From the Chambers Global guide

Ryoichi Mimura is hailed as a "very energetic and bright" practitioner, valued by clients for his ability to draw upon his previous experience as an IP judge. Recent work highlights include successfully acting for Kyowa Hakko Kirin and Alcon Research in invalidation claim proceedings before the Japan Patent Office concerning the patent covering the clients' valuable eye drop product Patanol.

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TMI Associates

From the Chambers Global guide

Mitsuko Miyagawa is most noted for her prowess in assisting corporations with brand protection matters. "She is very passionate about trade marks and has a very good niche area in luxury goods," reports one observer, while another remarks: "She is talented and smart." Miyagawa also handles contentious design and copyright matters.

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Nakamura & Partners

From the Chambers Global guide

Koichi Tsujii is highly proficient in acting for clients in the telecommunications sector and represented KDDI in defending a JPY5.08 million patent infringement damages claim by Core Appli concerning software in smartphones. He is also trusted by corporations for his depth of knowledge in trade mark and copyright matters.

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Yuasa & Hara

From the Chambers Global guide

Kozo Yabe is a seasoned practitioner with deep-rooted expertise in soft IP and more general corporate matters. His clients include those in the e-commerce sector.

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Nakamura & Partners

From the Chambers Global guide

Kei Iida holds deep-rooted expertise in contentious IP matters. Of late, he represented Jill Stuart Asia at the Tokyo District Court in securing a provisional injunction against Sanei International. The case concerned Sanei's use of the Jill Stuart name in respect of women's clothing. He is also skilled in representing corporations against patent trolls.

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Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

From the Chambers Global guide

Sources single out Yutaka Miyoshi as a practitioner who is "a good lawyer who communicates very well and explains his thoughts very well." He is regularly instructed on patent infringement and preliminary injunction matters as well as trade dress infringement claims. He is also noted for his depth of expertise in copyright matters.

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Masahiro Samejima

Uchida & Samejima Law Firm

From the Chambers Global guide

Masahiro Samejima of Uchida & Samejima Law Firm is a "very talented and good attorney" who is distinguished for his depth of expertise in representing SMEs in IP disputes. He is particularly skilled in assisting corporations in the engineering and technology sector.

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Michiru Takahashi

Jones Day

From the Chambers Global guide

Michiru Takahashi's practice centres on a wide variety of trade mark issues. Her recent work highlights include acting for Dell on a range of patent and trade mark prosecution, enforcement and licensing matters. One client reports: "She has an abundance of experience. She is also very good at creating an environment in which it is easy to converse with her, and we feel that she thinks from the client's perspective."

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Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu

From the Chambers Global guide

Masato Tanaka is acknowledged for being able to draw upon his experience as a former judge when handling IP matters. He is often called upon to act on contentious issues and is also adept in advising corporations on matters pertaining to transactional and broader corporate matters.

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STW & Partners

From the Chambers Global guide

Hajime Watanabe is singled out for his prowess in tackling IP litigation and competition matters. He also offers a wealth of knowledge in cross-border and trade secrets issues.

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Up and Coming

KUBOTA

From the Chambers Global guide

Yusuke Inui is swiftly establishing a reputation as a "very good" practitioner active in assisting domestic corporations in an array of patent and trade mark matters. His work includes advising Kokuyo on its global portfolio.

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Up and Coming

Takamitsu Shigetomi

Oh-Ebashi LPC & Partners

From the Chambers Global guide

Takamitsu Shigetomi of Oh-Ebashi LPC & Partners is rapidly establishing a profile for his handling of IP litigation and in areas such as licensing and franchises. He is frequently mandated to act on a wide variety of contentious matters and is particularly in demand with clients in the pharmaceutical and hi-tech industries. He is numbered among the best lawyers in Osaka by one commentator and another source comments: "He is a very nice guy and I can recommend him."

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