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Global Guide

Intellectual Property: International — Japan


Baker McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise) - Intellectual Property

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Commentary from the Chambers Global guide

Kensaku Takase offers substantial expertise supporting foreign TMT companies and has acted on various transactions, including portfolio acquisitions and trade mark registrations. He is also singled out for his abilities advising leading domestic companies on overseas IP protection matters.

Department profile 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

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Lloyd Parker has an impressive track record assisting well-known multinational corporations such as Rakuten and Nissan with the management of global trade mark portfolios. He has also acted for Brother Industries on matters such as anti-counterfeiting, customs seizures and litigation in a number of European countries including Germany.

Frederick Ch'en is admired for his depth of knowledge in the life sciences sector. Sources remark: “He is a very talented lawyer with a very good background in pharmaceuticals and bioscience.” He frequently handles mandates concerning patent invalidation actions as well as patent term extensions and regulatory matters, and is also skilled handling patent licensing agreements.

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Jones Day - Intellectual Property

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Maxwell Fox acts on behalf of blue-chip electronic and telecommunications companies in US IP litigation. He is also in demand for transactional work and is commended by sources for being "an efficient negotiator."

Michiru Takahashi is, according to observers, "reasonable, flexible and good to work with," particularly on contentious matters centring on soft IP. She is a popular choice for foreign multinationals and has worked on trade mark and copyright prosecutions as well as enforcements. She has acted for Starbucks on trade mark enforcement issues arising since its entry to the Japan market.

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Morrison & Foerster LLP/ Ito & Mitomi - Intellectual Property

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Robert Hollingshead leads the patent team and is routinely called upon by companies engaged in electronics and medical device manufacturing, as well as in the telecommunications sector. He is adept at assisting with licensing disputes, portfolio management and pre-litigation investigations.

Max Olson specialises in undertaking patent matters. He continues to receive instructions from leading Japanese companies with regard to enforcements and on providing defences in US litigations. He recently represented Fujitsu Semiconductor in four separate patent litigations filed by Round Rock Research at the District Court of Delaware with regard to its semiconductor manufacturing processes.

Stuart Beraha heads the technology transactions group and is praised by clients, who state: "He has a very good understanding of tech. He also comes up with very good legal strategies and gets good results for us." Beraha's practice includes assisting on negotiating patent licences and he recently assisted Toshiba with the IP and commercial aspects of the extension and renegotiation of its joint venture with SanDisk to produce the next-generation 3D BiCS Flash memory.

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Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP - Intellectual Property

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David Case "is a well-experienced attorney" who continues to support leading manufacturers and electronics companies in filing patent infringement claims against US corporations. He is also highly proficient in resolving IP issues relating to major M&A transactions.

Yoshi Takatori continues to enjoy a solid reputation for his work advising on cross-border IP disputes with a US connection. He is experienced at handling parallel import and counterfeiting cases.

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Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP - Intellectual Property

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What the team is known for Talented litigation specialists with core expertise covering patent infringement litigation in the USA. Enjoys a strong client base of blue-chip electronics and technology companies. Also offers support in copyright matters, as well as ITC investigations relating to possible breaches of IP rights. Head of the Tokyo office Ryan Goldstein is the main point of contact.

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Hiroyuki Hagiwara

Paul Hastings Foreign Law Joint Enterprise

From the Chambers Global guide

Hiroyuki Hagiwara of Paul Hastings Foreign Law Joint Enterprise has deep-rooted experience in representing electronics and pharmaceuticals companies. He specialises in assisting Japanese corporates on disputes arising in the USA.

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Hogan Lovells International LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Lloyd Parker has an impressive track record assisting well-known multinational corporations such as Rakuten and Nissan with the management of global trade mark portfolios. He has also acted for Brother Industries on matters such as anti-counterfeiting, customs seizures and litigation in a number of European countries including Germany.

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Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

David Case "is a well-experienced attorney" who continues to support leading manufacturers and electronics companies in filing patent infringement claims against US corporations. He is also highly proficient in resolving IP issues relating to major M&A transactions.

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Hogan Lovells International LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Frederick Ch'en is admired for his depth of knowledge in the life sciences sector. Sources remark: “He is a very talented lawyer with a very good background in pharmaceuticals and bioscience.” He frequently handles mandates concerning patent invalidation actions as well as patent term extensions and regulatory matters, and is also skilled handling patent licensing agreements.

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Jones Day

From the Chambers Global guide

Maxwell Fox acts on behalf of blue-chip electronic and telecommunications companies in US IP litigation. He is also in demand for transactional work and is commended by sources for being "an efficient negotiator."

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Robert Hollingshead

Morrison & Foerster LLP/ Ito & Mitomi

From the Chambers Global guide

Robert Hollingshead leads the patent team and is routinely called upon by companies engaged in electronics and medical device manufacturing, as well as in the telecommunications sector. He is adept at assisting with licensing disputes, portfolio management and pre-litigation investigations.

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Morrison & Foerster LLP/ Ito & Mitomi

From the Chambers Global guide

Max Olson specialises in undertaking patent matters. He continues to receive instructions from leading Japanese companies with regard to enforcements and on providing defences in US litigations. He recently represented Fujitsu Semiconductor in four separate patent litigations filed by Round Rock Research at the District Court of Delaware with regard to its semiconductor manufacturing processes.

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Morrison & Foerster LLP/ Ito & Mitomi

From the Chambers Global guide

Stuart Beraha heads the technology transactions group and is praised by clients, who state: "He has a very good understanding of tech. He also comes up with very good legal strategies and gets good results for us." Beraha's practice includes assisting on negotiating patent licences and he recently assisted Toshiba with the IP and commercial aspects of the extension and renegotiation of its joint venture with SanDisk to produce the next-generation 3D BiCS Flash memory.

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Foley & Lardner LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Philippe Riesen of Foley & Lardner LLP and is most noted for his skill set advising medical device manufacturers, as well as life sciences and chemicals companies. He is also adroit at handling contentious patent disputes, particularly into the USA.

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Baker McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise)

From the Chambers Global guide

Kensaku Takase offers substantial expertise supporting foreign TMT companies and has acted on various transactions, including portfolio acquisitions and trade mark registrations. He is also singled out for his abilities advising leading domestic companies on overseas IP protection matters.

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