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Intellectual Property: International — Japan


Baker McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise) - Intellectual Property Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Clients single out Kensaku Takase as a practitioner who is "very skilled and very solution-oriented." He is in high demand by domestic and overseas clients to act on trade mark mandates, including brand protection and invalidation matters.

About the Team (content provided by Baker McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise))

We have one of Tokyo's largest and most prestigious IP law practices for an international law firm with 13 specialist attorneys in a team of 26 in total. Baker McKenzie Tokyo has had IP capabilities from the outset of when the office was started in 1972. 

Our group represents the worlds largest brand companies covering a wide range of industries. 

Our group’s expertise covers various domestic and international intellectual property rights (e.g., patents, designs, trademarks, copyright, unfair competition and trade secret disputes). Our IP attorneys are also active in the prosecution and management of proceedings relating to trademark and design applications and registrations, as well as other IP, licensing and protection issues.

All our lawyers are bilingual English/Japanese speakers, with an understanding of cultural and linguistic sensitivities - key to successfully doing business in Japan. The team comprises foreign registered lawyers (gaikokuho jimu bengoshi), domestic lawyers (bengoshi) and patent lawyers (benrishi).

Our particular strengths include Global trademark portfolio management; IP litigation including patent litigation; IP licensing and IP commercialization; and anti-counterfeiting strategies.

Industry specialization includes consumer goods, cosmetics, electronics, manufacturing, software, food and beverage, information technology, health and medical, and luxury fashion.

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Hogan Lovells International LLP - Intellectual Property Department

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Lloyd Parker is described by interviewees as a practitioner who is "detailed, hard-working and understands how Japanese companies work." He is favoured by major corporations for his depth of expertise in trade mark matters including anti-counterfeiting and customs seizures as well as registrations. He continues to advise Rakuten on managing its trade mark portfolio and assisted with third party negotiations and global privacy policies.

Frederick Ch'en is regarded as a "very good lawyer" who has "long experience" in tackling contentious patent claims. His work includes acting on patent invalidation and infringement as well as licensing matters. He also possesses vast experience acting for companies in the life science sector on IP issues.

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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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Morrison & Foerster LLP/ Ito & Mitomi - Intellectual Property Department

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Robert Hollingshead assists clients, especially those in the telecommunications and electronics industries, with matters ranging from patent protection and licensing to litigation and arbitration. He is highly regarded by market commentators, who consider him to be "a great lawyer."

Max Olson excels in tackling contentious issues and is frequently instructed by technology companies. Of late, he represented Fujitsu Ten in a patent infringement investigation filed by Advanced Silicon Technologies at the USITC and in defending an exclusion order relating to the importation of automotive infotainment systems into the USA.

Stuart Beraha is proficient in assisting clients active in the technology sector and is considered by sources to be "very good in transactions." He is routinely called upon to advise on the IP aspects of corporate transactions, and he acted on a series of transactions in which OneWeb merged with Intelsat and he subsequently advised SoftBank on a USD1.7 billion investment in the merged company.

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Morrison & Foerster is the only global law firm in Japan with a dedicated team specializing in licensing and other IP transactions, including the transfer, commercialization, development and exploitation of intellectual property. We offer seamless IP services, from patent analysis, to technology development and licensing, to adversarial licensing, cross licensing, and preparation and defense of litigation. Our attorneys are particularly active in the areas of computer hardware (including hardware peripherals and semiconductors) and software, information technology and biotechnology. We have strong cross-border transactional and litigation experience, and in-depth knowledge of applicable intellectual property and regulatory issues.

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Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP - Intellectual Property Department

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David Case leads the team and in addition to handling a plethora of high-stakes patent infringement cases, he is additionally singled out for his broader expertise in the technology sector. Of late, he assisted Lixil and Grohe America with a patent infringement claim filed by Intelligent Water Solutions against Grohe America at the District Court for the Eastern District of Texas Marshall Division. He is well rated by sources, both for his experience in IP and in transactional matters.

Yoshi Takatori has a proven track record in representing clients in contentious IP issues and is admitted to practice in both Japan and New York. Recently, he advised NEC on a patent infringement claim filed by Oyster Optics before the Eastern District Court of Texas.

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Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP - Intellectual Property Department

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What the team is known for Remains a popular choice for corporations engaged in defending patent infringement claims in the USA. Enjoys a strong client base of blue-chip electronics and technology companies. Also offers support in copyright matters, as well as USITC investigations relating to possible breaches of IP rights. Ryan Goldstein is the main point of contact.

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Band 1

Hiroyuki Hagiwara

Paul Hastings Foreign Law Joint Enterprise

From the Chambers Global guide

Hiroyuki Hagiwara of Paul Hastings Foreign Law Joint Enterprise is hailed as a "very smart and very aggressive" practitioner who is "very good and prominent in US patent litigation." One interviewee adds: "He is a top litigator who understands what Japanese customers want and works very closely with them." He advised Olympus on successfully defending a patent infringement claim at the District Court of the Eastern District of Texas concerning the transmission functions in certain cameras.

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Band 1

Hogan Lovells International LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Lloyd Parker is described by interviewees as a practitioner who is "detailed, hard-working and understands how Japanese companies work." He is favoured by major corporations for his depth of expertise in trade mark matters including anti-counterfeiting and customs seizures as well as registrations. He continues to advise Rakuten on managing its trade mark portfolio and assisted with third party negotiations and global privacy policies.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 2

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

David Case leads the team and in addition to handling a plethora of high-stakes patent infringement cases, he is additionally singled out for his broader expertise in the technology sector. Of late, he assisted Lixil and Grohe America with a patent infringement claim filed by Intelligent Water Solutions against Grohe America at the District Court for the Eastern District of Texas Marshall Division. He is well rated by sources, both for his experience in IP and in transactional matters.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Frederick Ch'en is regarded as a "very good lawyer" who has "long experience" in tackling contentious patent claims. His work includes acting on patent invalidation and infringement as well as licensing matters. He also possesses vast experience acting for companies in the life science sector on IP issues.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 2

Jones Day

From the Chambers Global guide

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."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 2

Robert Hollingshead

Morrison & Foerster LLP/ Ito & Mitomi

From the Chambers Global guide

Robert Hollingshead assists clients, especially those in the telecommunications and electronics industries, with matters ranging from patent protection and licensing to litigation and arbitration. He is highly regarded by market commentators, who consider him to be "a great lawyer."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 2

Morrison & Foerster LLP/ Ito & Mitomi

From the Chambers Global guide

Max Olson excels in tackling contentious issues and is frequently instructed by technology companies. Of late, he represented Fujitsu Ten in a patent infringement investigation filed by Advanced Silicon Technologies at the USITC and in defending an exclusion order relating to the importation of automotive infotainment systems into the USA.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

Morrison & Foerster LLP/ Ito & Mitomi

From the Chambers Global guide

Stuart Beraha is proficient in assisting clients active in the technology sector and is considered by sources to be "very good in transactions." He is routinely called upon to advise on the IP aspects of corporate transactions, and he acted on a series of transactions in which OneWeb merged with Intelsat and he subsequently advised SoftBank on a USD1.7 billion investment in the merged company.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

Baker McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise)

From the Chambers Global guide

Clients single out Kensaku Takase as a practitioner who is "very skilled and very solution-oriented." He is in high demand by domestic and overseas clients to act on trade mark mandates, including brand protection and invalidation matters.

^ See whole ranking table