Patent
Attorney
Introduction

Our patent attorneys with a wide variety of technical backgrounds will provide you with friendly support.

Chief Managing Partner
Shuichiro KITAMURA

  • mechanical engineering
  • control engineering
  • design

What I consider important as a person is "rectitude and courage to stick to the rectitude" as embedded in the name of our firm. I feel inexperience in how deeply I can practice it. I want to improve on it.

I want to work diligently on each and every assignment and constantly improve my skills as a patent attorney to protect, to the greatest extent possible, the interests of the clients who rely on me. It gives me the greatest pleasure to deliver results and make them happy.

What I am conscious of to "win" as a patent attorney is the following Japanese saying: "Let them cut my skin, and I will cut their flesh; let them cut my flesh, and I will cut their bone". Study it thoroughly and delve into it.

When I am off work, I train by hiking up Mt. Rokko at a high pace from spring to fall. At a few really steep spots, I push myself to near my heart rate limit.

Education

B.S. in Precision Engineering from Osaka University

Primary fields of study: mechanics and applied physics

Areas of expertise

Contentious cases (such as infringement litigations, oppositions and appeals, civil actions from adverse decisions on appeal, and infringement/validity opinions) as well as patent applications in such fields of art as mechanics and control systems

Additional qualifications

Qualified to represent clients in infringement litigations in collaboration with an attorney at law

Membership

Japan Patent Attorneys Association (JPAA)
Kansai Patent Attorneys Study Group (Kansai Tokkyo Kenkyukai or KTK)
West Japan Patent Attorneys (Nishi-Nihon Benrishi) Club

Miscellaneous information

Director-General of JPAA Kansai, 2023-
Director of Central Research Institute of Intellectual Property Japan Patent Attorneys Association, 2016-2017
Vice President of Japan Patent Attorneys Association, 2014
Executive Director of Japan Patent Attorneys Association, 2013

Foreign language

English

Managing Partner
Seiji OTA

  • design
  • trademark

I make a point of offering proposals from multiple perspectives and providing clear and easy-to-understand explanations. I work from day to day to be the kind of patent attorney whom you can rely on when you have a problem. Having dealt with a large number of not only Japanese cases but also foreign cases, I am particularly adept at making proposals from a global perspective. I am often told that I have a loud voice (laughter). I enjoy traveling and playing tennis, and for relaxation, watch comedy shows. I am a patent attorney who loves simple bread and rolls without stuffing.

Education

Law Summer School at London School of Economics and Political Science (majored in Intellectual Property Law and Policy)

LL.M. in Intellectual Property and Technology Law from Washington University in St. Louis

B.A. in Economics from Doshisha University
Primary fields of study: trademark, U.S. and European intellectual property laws such as unfair competition laws

Industry experience

One and a half years in the IP section of a U.S. law firm

Two years in financing and foreign exchange departments of a major bank

Areas of expertise

Domestic and foreign trademark applications, trademark searches, appeals, cancellation proceedings, infringement litigations relating to trademark and unfair competition

Additional qualifications

Qualified to represent clients in infringement litigations in collaboration with an attorney at law

Membership

Japan Patent Attorneys Association (JPAA)
Kansai Patent Attorneys Study Group (Kansai Tokkyo Kenkyukai or KTK)
West Japan Patent Attorneys (Nishi-Nihon Benrishi) Club
International Trademark Association (INTA)
International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI)
Asian Patent Attorneys Association (APAA)

Miscellaneous information

Monitor at Osaka Customs, 2009, 2010

Vice‐chairperson of the trademark committee at the Japan Patent Attorneys Association (JPAA), 2018
Trademark committee at the JPAA, 2010, 2016, 2017, 2019
Member of Examination Board for Patent and Trademark Attorney Examination, 2010, 2011;

Vice‐chairperson of the Sangyo Kyosoryoku Suishin Iinkai [Industrial Competitiveness Promotion Committee] at the JPAA, 2010
Sangyo Kyosoryoku Suishin Iinkai at the JPAA, 2011, 2012

Boeki Enkatsuka Iinkai [Trade Facilitation Committee] at the JPAA, 2015 to 2018, 2020, 2021

Kokusai Katsudo [International Activities] Center at the JPAA, 2013, 2014

Speeches

"U.S. Trademark Law - Understanding Legal Framework and Application Procedures" at the Kansai Patent Attorneys Study Group (Kansai Tokkyo Kenkyukai or KTK), October 2009
Panelist on Indonesia at "Intellectual Property Law Systems in Emerging Countries" symposium hosted by the Japan Patent Office (Osaka venue), December 2009
Adjunct lecturer on intellectual property (Unfair Competition Prevention Law) at Kyoto University, June 2010, June 2011
"Recent Topics about Unfair Competition Prevention Law, Centered around Article 2, Section 1, (i) to (iii)," Shiga District of the JPAA, September 2011
"U.S. Trademark Law," at KTK, August 2012
Adjunct lecturer at the Osaka Institute of Technology, September 2012 to March 2014
Lecturer for the Practical Training Courses hosted by the JPAA, February 2013 to present
"Possible Actions against Counterfeit Products based on Trademark, Design and Unfair Competition Prevention Laws," a seminar hosted by Osaka Prefecture MOBIO-cafe, March 2013

Writings

"Publicity Right of Racehorse," Journal "Kigyo to Hatsumei [Companies and Inventions]" of the Japan Institute of Invention and Innovation (Osaka Branch), May 2004
"Legal Protection for Title of Artistic Works," Journal "Kigyo to Hatsumei" of the Japan Institute of Invention and Innovation (Osaka Branch), May 2005
"Basic Concepts of U.S. Trademark Law," TM-SONAR website (http://www.tm-library.com/column/column2009002.html), April 2009
"Family of Marks Doctrine," Journal "Kigyo to Hatsumei" of the Japan Institute of Invention and Innovation (Osaka Branch), July 2009
"USPQ: 100 Trademark TTAB and Court Cases" (joint translation), the Japan Trademark Association, September 2011
“Use of registered trademarks in non-use cancellation actions - study through recent trial decisions and court judgments -” (joint work), the "Patent" journal, Vol. 65, the JPAA, August 2012
"Shohyo 'Ichimon Itto' Sekai no Fushiyo Torikeshi Seido [Trademarks 'Questions and Answers' Non-use Cancellation Systems in the World], - Asia and Oceania -", the Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry, March 2016

Foreign language

English

Managing Partner
Ichiro MIYAKE

  • mechanical engineering
  • control engineering
  • electrical and electronics engineering
  • information systems
  • design

 I intended to become a patent attorney because I wanted to do a job where I could feel directly that I was helping someone else. Since I was young back then, I jumped into this industry without thinking a lot about it, but I find the profession to be an unexpectedly good fit for me, and I enjoy working every day with a sense of fulfillment.
When I work, I try my best to do a job that will at least impress clients even if it does not emotionally move them.
My ideal image is to be the kind of person who is trusted and relied on by clients, who enjoys talking with them about work, and who makes them feel happy about my work and want to ask me for help again.

Education

B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Osaka Prefecture University
Primary field of study: Control systems for machines with particular emphasis on autonomous decentralized control systems

Industry experience

Two and a half years as an engineer for a control devices manufacturer, where he was engaged in development, design, and production of manufacturing facilities for control devices such as sensors and switches

Areas of expertise

Domestic and foreign patent applications in such fields of art as mechanics, control systems, and electrical engineering, oppositions and appeals, infringement/validity opinions, infringement cases

Additional qualifications

Qualified to represent clients in infringement litigations in collaboration with an attorney at law

Membership

Japan Patent Attorneys Association (JPAA)
West Japan Patent Attorneys (Nishi-Nihon Benrishi) Club

Miscellaneous information

Tokkyo Iinkai [Patent Committee] at the Japan Patent Attorneys Association, 2016

Foreign language

English

Managing Partner
Ryuji OTA

  • mechanical engineering
  • chemistry
  • design

I have been involved in domestic and international patent prosecution and litigation-related work in a wide range of technical fields. I have also established connections with foreign representatives through attendance at international conferences and visits to the local offices. Although I still encounter something new struggle from time to time, I will make the most of my experience and continue to improve my skills, and will always strive to respond to clients' requests in a sincere and humble manner.

Education

M.S. in Human and Environmental Studies from Kyoto University

B.S. in Industrial Chemistry from Doshisha University

Primary field of study: Organic Chemistry with particular emphasis on organic synthesis and organometallic chemistry

Industry experience

Seven years in the R&D division of a textile manufacturer where he was involved in research in textile processing technology and in research to understand mechanism for manifestation of properties of new textile material.
He was also engaged in search for new use of micro fiber materials and development of textile materials for medical use.

Areas of expertise

Domestic and foreign patent applications in such fields of art as chemistry and mechanics, oppositions and appeals, infringement/validity opinions, infringement cases

Additional qualifications

Qualified to represent clients in infringement litigations in collaboration with an attorney at law

Membership

Japan Patent Attorneys Association (JPAA)
Kansai Patent Attorneys Study Group (Kansai Tokkyo Kenkyukai or KTK)
West Japan Patent Attorneys (Nishi-Nihon Benrishi) Club
International Trademark Association (INTA)
International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI)
Asian Patent Attorneys Association (APAA)

Foreign language

English

Managing Partner
Yoshitaka HATAYAMA

  • mechanical engineering
  • control engineering
  • civil engineering and constructoin
  • information systems
  • design

When I was a student, I was a member of a rugby club. I was fortunate to learn a lot then from friends who had a strong spirit to keep working hard to win. Thanks to this, I am now able to face my work with the mindset that I will never give up on a client's case in order for the client to win. My motto is that in order to maintain a strong spirit, you need to have a strong body. On my days off, I go jogging, or if I have enough time, go mountain climbing. When I feel down, I try not to get stressed out by drinking and laughing with friends. I may still have a lot to learn as a human being, so I will continue to learn to be the kind of person who is relied on by clients, colleagues, and family.

Education

B.S. in Civil Engineering from Kyoto University

Primary field of study: Research and development of earthquake proof foundation, especially system for measuring dynamic strain in the ground during earthquake

Industry experience

Involved in construction management at civil engineering contractor, and nine years at an architectural design office

Areas of expertise

Domestic and foreign patent applications in such fields of art as mechanics, oppositions and appeals, infringement/validity opinions, infringement cases

Additional qualifications

Class-A Explosives Handling and Safety Engineer
Qualified to represent clients in infringement litigations in collaboration with an attorney at law

Membership

Japan Patent Attorneys Association (JPAA)
West Japan Patent Attorneys (Nishi-Nihon Benrishi) Club

Foreign language

English

Associate
Hitoshi NAKAJO

  • mechanical engineering
  • control engineering
  • electrical and electronics engineering

In my practice as a patent attorney, my fundamental philosophy is to take my clients' requests earnestly. In many cases, patent attorneys are required to work on intellectual property matters, extracting multiple options and drawing appropriate conclusions based on multiple perspectives, including legal, technical, and business perspectives. When performing such work, I believe that not only the technical knowledge, but also the attitude of the worker's approach has a significant impact on the results. With the above fundamental philosophy, I will continue to do my best to readily meet clients' requests. Please do not hesitate to contact me.

Education

B.S. in Applied Physics from Konan University
Primary field of study: General physics with particular emphasis on space physics

Industry experience

Worked in a company dealing in automobile-related products

Areas of expertise

Domestic and foreign patent applications in such fields of art as electrical engineering, mechanics, and control systems, oppositions and appeals, infringement/validity opinions, infringement cases

Additional qualifications

Qualified Information Systems Security Administrator
Qualified to represent clients in infringement litigations in collaboration with an attorney at law

Membership

Japan Patent Attorneys Association (JPAA)
Kansai Patent Attorneys Study Group (Kansai Tokkyo Kenkyukai or KTK)
West Japan Patent Attorneys (Nishi-Nihon Benrishi) Club

Foreign language

English

Associate
Tadanori NAKAMURA

  • mechanical engineering
  • control engineering
  • civil engineering and constructoin
  • information systems
  • design

I make a point of being meticulous, prompt, and accurate to ensure that the clients are fully satisfied with my work. In addition, I am confident that I can make the most of the know-how I gained from my previous career as a civil servant to communicate with patent offices and clients smoothly. On the personal side, I love watching sports and TV dramas. Whenever I have free time at home, I watch TV. On weekends, I work up a sweat by practicing kick boxing or go golfing with colleagues. I work hard while achieving a good work-life balance.

Education

M.S. in Civil Engineering Systems from Kyoto University Graduate School of Engineering
B.S. in Civil Engineering from Kyoto University
Primary field of study: Hydrology, especially method of prediction of soil-water content

Industry experience

13 years at a local government where he was mainly involved in city planning and development

Areas of expertise

Domestic and foreign patent applications in such fields of art as mechanics and control systems, oppositions and appeals, infringement/validity opinions, infringement cases

Additional qualifications

Certified Professional Engineer (civil engineering: port and airport)
Software Design & Development Engineer
Qualified to represent clients in infringement litigations in collaboration with an attorney at law

Membership

Japan Patent Attorneys Association (JPAA)
Kansai Patent Attorneys Study Group (Kansai Tokkyo Kenkyukai or KTK)
West Japan Patent Attorneys (Nishi-Nihon Benrishi) Club
International Trademark Association (INTA)

Miscellaneous information

Fellowship coordinator of the Kansai Patent Attorneys Study Group (Kansai Tokkyo Kenkyukai), 2013
Vice coordinator for newcomers at the West Japan Patent Attorneys (Nishi-Nihon Benrishi) Club, 2015
First section of the Tokkyo Iinkai [Patent Committee] at the Japan Patent Attorneys Association, 2016
Vice coordinator for fellowship at the West Japan Patent Attorneys Club, 2017
Vice coordinator for the district at the West Japan Patent Attorneys Club, 2018
Vice coordinator for training at the West Japan Patent Attorneys Club, 2019
120th Anniversary Activities Executive Committee at the Japan Patent Attorneys Association, 2019
Chizai Fukyu Shien Iinkai [Intellectual Property Propagation and Support Committee] at the Japan Patent Attorneys Association, 2020 to present
Standing councilor at the Japan Patent Attorneys Association, 2020 to 2021
Coordinator for the Kansai group at the Japan Patent Attorneys Association, 2021 to present
Vice coordinator for public relations at the West Japan Patent Attorneys (Nishi-Nihon Benrishi) Club, 2022
Vice center chief at the Intellectual Property Support Center, 2022 to present

Foreign language

English

Associate
Toshinari MORI

  • mechanical engineering
  • control engineering
  • electrical and electronics engineering

I was both a product developer (inventor) and an IP administrator during my previous career at a company. This experience has led me to believe that the purpose of acquiring intellectual property rights is not merely to acquire them, but to use them after they have been acquired to support the success of the business. In my current position, I draw on my previous experience to help create intellectual property rights that best support clients' businesses. Specifically, I make proactive proposals for clients' intellectual property (e.g., inventions), taking into account such factors as the form and future development of their businesses and competition, so that they can acquire the most appropriate rights to contribute to their business success from the present to the future.

Education

B.S. in Precision Engineering from Osaka University
Primary field of study: Research in the structure of a superconducting thin film prepared by sputtering

Industry experience

22 years at a control equipment maker (11 years in a product development department where he was mainly involved in development and designing of connectors, motors, and relays; and 11 years in an intellectual property department where he was mainly involved in domestic and foreign patent applications and patent acquisition in MEMS, optical devices and sensors)

Areas of expertise

Domestic and foreign patent applications in such fields of art as mechanics, control systems, and electrical engineering, oppositions and appeals, infringement/validity opinions, infringement cases

Additional qualifications

First-Grade Certified Specialist of Intellectual Property Management (patents)
Chief Telecommunications Engineer (type I transmission and switching)
Qualified to represent clients in infringement litigations in collaboration with an attorney at law

Membership

Japan Patent Attorneys Association (JPAA)
Kansai Patent Attorneys Study Group (Kansai Tokkyo Kenkyukai or KTK)
West Japan Patent Attorneys (Nishi-Nihon Benrishi) Club

Miscellaneous information

Chizai Fukyu Shien Iinkai [Intellectual Property Propagation and Support Committee] at the Kansai group of the Japan Patent Attorneys Association, 2012 to 2013
Osaka District Committee at the Kansai group of the Japan Patent Attorneys Association, 2012 to 2013
Asia section at the Kokusai Katsudo [International Activities] Center of the Japan Patent Attorneys Association, 2012 to 2014
Intellectual Property Special Lesson Lecturer, 2012 to 2021
Patent and Utility Model Section coordinator at the Kansai Patent Attorneys Study Group (Kansai Tokkyo Kenkyukai), 2014
Americas section at the Kokusai Katsudo Center of the Japan Patent Attorneys Association, 2015 to 2016
International Information Committee at the Kansai group of the Japan Patent Attorneys Association, 2015 to 2016
European section at the Kokusai Katsudo Center of the Japan Patent Attorneys Association, 2017
Somu-kikaku Iinkai [General Affairs and Planning Committee] at the Kansai group of the Japan Patent Attorneys Association 2022

Speeches

"Avoiding Losses: Important Points on Non-disclosure Agreements, Joint Development Agreements, and License Agreements," the third MOBIO CAFE seminar (an activity of the Chizai Fukyu Shien Iinkai [Intellectual Property Propagation and Support Committee]), December 2012
"Use Your Patents: Licensing Strategy," the fourth MOBIO CAFE seminar (an activity of the Chizai Fukyu Shien Iinkai [Intellectual Property Propagation and Support Committee]), November 2013
"Introduction of USPTO Pilot Program", a U.S. practice seminar (an activity of the Kokusai Katsudo [International Activities] Center), February 2016
"Gator Tail L.L.C. v. Mud Buddy L.L.C.", a U.S. precedent seminar (an activity of the Kokusai Katsudo [International Activities] Center), November 2016

Writings

"Beikoku Tokkyo Kuremu Kaishaku no Doko to Jitsumu jyo no Ryuiten [Trends and Points in Practice of U.S. Patent Claim Construction]" (first edition) (Japan Intellectual Property Association), 2006

Foreign language

English

Associate
Taiyo OTONO

  • mechanical engineering
  • control engineering
  • chemistry
  • information systems
  • design

I make a point of working quickly but meticulously to meet the needs of clients. I update my knowledge through training and practice so that I can always provide the best service. In my personal life, I like to watch sports. On my days off, I go to watch baseball, soccer, and rugby games with my daughter. On weekends, I sometimes go out for drinks with co-workers.

Education

M.S. in Industrial Chemistry from Graduate School of Engineering, Doshisha University

B.S. from Department of Chemical Engineering & Material Science from Doshisha University

Primary field of study: Chemical Engineering with particular emphasis on application of chemical engineering to biological fields

Industry experience

Two years in the designing section of a machinery manufacturer, detailed designing of refuse incineration systems; and field investigation and on-site inspections for maintenance and reconstruction works

Areas of expertise

Domestic and foreign patent applications in such fields of art as mechanics, control systems, and chemistry, oppositions and appeals, infringement/validity opinions, infringement cases

Additional qualifications

Certified Environmental Measurer (concentration)
Qualified to represent clients in infringement litigations in collaboration with an attorney at law

Membership

Japan Patent Attorneys Association (JPAA)
Kansai Patent Attorneys Study Group (Kansai Tokkyo Kenkyukai or KTK)
West Japan Patent Attorneys (Nishi-Nihon Benrishi) Club

Foreign language

English

Associate
Kazuhiro FUSHIKI

  • mechanical engineering
  • control engineering
  • chemistry

 I spent my adolescence in the great nature of Toyama, going to the school with mottoes "Behave Ethically," "Simplicity and Fortitude," and "Continue Learning to Grow", which are still the guiding principles in my heart. In my practice as a patent attorney, I do not embellish my appearance, but instead work tirelessly to develop inner strength and expertise, and do my best for clients in accordance with principles.
For work, I have experience in a wide range of cases, from prosecution to litigation, both in Japan and abroad, in a wide range of fields that are not limited to mechanical, electrical, and chemical engineering. I will continue to work closely with clients' businesses to provide suitable intellectual property services from a comprehensive perspective.

Education

B.S. in Pharmacology from Kyoto University

Primary field of study: Pharmacology and analytical chemistry in general

Industry experience

Six years as a staff member of a graduate school of engineering (chemistry-related department) at a national university corporation where he was mainly involved in research support operation for graduate students and teachers.

Areas of expertise

Domestic and foreign patent applications in such fields of art as mechanics, control systems, and chemistry, oppositions and appeals, infringement/validity opinions, infringement cases

Experienced in biotechnology-related domestic and foreign patent applications

Additional qualifications

Certified pharmacist

Membership

Japan Patent Attorneys Association (JPAA)
Kansai Patent Attorneys Study Group (Kansai Tokkyo Kenkyukai or KTK)
West Japan Patent Attorneys (Nishi-Nihon Benrishi) Club

Miscellaneous information

Somu-kikaku Iinkai [General Affairs and Planning Committee] at the Kansai group of the Japan Patent Attorneys Association, 2019 to 2020

Foreign language

English

Associate
Noboru IIDA

  • mechanical engineering
  • chemistry
  • information systems

I try every day to be close to clients and make best proposals. I draft specifications while envisioning the potential applications of the inventions. I have been engaged in research work since I joined the firm. I went on to become a patent attorney to broaden the scope of my work as an intellectual property professional. As a patent attorney, I have been able to get to know clients better and feel the progress of technology up close and personal. I am learning every day and feel rewarded. In the future, I would like to support a wide range of small and medium-sized companies in their business development, including the utilization of their intellectual property. I enjoy playing golf, running marathons, and traveling. On weekends, I go to the gym and the Expo Park to enjoy nature and feel refreshed.

Education

B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Kansai University

Primary field of study: Chemical engineering with particular emphasis on application of chemical engineering to chemical reaction engineering

Industry experience

Four years in a nonprofit organization

Areas of expertise

Domestic and foreign patent applications in such fields of art as mechanics, oppositions and appeals, infringement/validity opinions, infringement cases

Additional qualifications

Qualified Software Design & Development Engineer
Information Search and Application Aptitude Test 2nd Grade Certificate
Qualified to represent clients in infringement litigations in collaboration with an attorney at law

Membership

Japan Patent Attorneys Association (JPAA)
Kansai Patent Attorneys Study Group (Kansai Tokkyo Kenkyukai or KTK)
West Japan Patent Attorneys (Nishi-Nihon Benrishi) Club

Miscellaneous information

Chizai [Intellectual Property] Business Academy section of the Japan Patent Attorneys Association Training Center, 2017 to present

Foreign language

English

Associate
Kaori KYOMURA

  • mechanical engineering
  • design

I have been interested in product design and architecture since I was a student. I have always wanted to work in creative fields. Currently, I find it interesting and rewarding to work in the intellectual property industry, where I can be involved in the protection of various designs. I have been involved mainly in acquiring domestic and foreign design rights as well as offering expert opinions and handling infringement cases. I will make every effort to brush up my knowledge and put myself in the clients' shoes so that I can provide the best proposals and advice for each case.

Education

B.A. in Apparel and Space Design from Kyoto Women's University
Primary field of study: Research on housing in Ariwara, Makino (construction planning)

Industry experience

Three years at a newspaper company

Areas of expertise

Domestic and foreign design applications, domestic and foreign patent applications in such fields of art as mechanics, oppositions and appeals, infringement/validity opinions, infringement cases

Additional qualifications

Qualified to represent clients in infringement litigations in collaboration with an attorney at law

Membership

Japan Patent Attorneys Association (JPAA)
Kansai Patent Attorneys Study Group (Kansai Tokkyo Kenkyukai or KTK)
West Japan Patent Attorneys (Nishi-Nihon Benrishi) Club

Foreign language

English

Associate
Yoshitaka TAKAHASHI

  • mechanical engineering
  • chemistry
  • biotechnology
  • design

What I consider important for work is to always do my best. And to do that, I believe that preparation is everything. Prepare and propose the best possible solution. To that end, I will continue to expand my insights not only into the law, but also into various technical fields.
My hobbies are reading and watching movies. I like to read Dostoevsky and James Joyce. As for movies, I don't have a particular interest, but a friend of mine recommended me to watch the films of Ingmar Bergman, which I think are very good.

Education

M.S. in Cell Biology from Nara Institute of Science and Technology
B.S. in Agricultural Chemistry from Tohoku University

Primary field of study: Genetic engineering, especially mouse homeobox gene

Industry experience

One year at a patent law firm, and four years at a generic drug manufacturer where he was mainly involved in planning and development operation

Areas of expertise

Domestic and foreign patent applications in the fields of art of chemistry, biotechnology, and mechanics, oppositions and appeals, infringement/validity opinions, infringement cases

Membership

Japan Patent Attorneys Association (JPAA)
West Japan Patent Attorneys (Nishi-Nihon Benrishi) Club

Foreign language

English

Associate
Kei MIYAWAKI

  • mechanical engineering
  • control engineering
  • civil engineering and constructoin

I was born in Okinawa, and I am a patent attorney with a Ryukyu heart. Clients' inventions, like the blue skies of Okinawa, contain infinite possibilities. It gives me great pleasure to work together with the clients to obtain patent rights for their inventions. I played baseball in elementary, middle, and high school. I played American football in college, and still do play it. I prefer working out to eating. With the spirit and mental strength I developed through sports, I will continue to strive to be of service to clients.

Education

B.S. in Mechanical Systems Engineering from the University of the Ryukyus
Primary field of study: Analysis of stress intensity factor based on boundary element method

Industry experience

Three years at Hyogo Prefectural Police where he was involved in protecting safe lives of the residents of the prefecture. Two years at a patent law firm where he was involved in work related to patents and designs.

Areas of expertise

Domestic and foreign patent applications in such fields of art as mechanics and control systems, oppositions and appeals, infringement/validity opinions, infringement cases

Additional qualifications

Qualified to represent clients in infringement litigations in collaboration with an attorney at law

Membership

Japan Patent Attorneys Association (JPAA)
Kansai Patent Attorneys Study Group (Kansai Tokkyo Kenkyukai or KTK)
West Japan Patent Attorneys (Nishi-Nihon Benrishi) Club

Foreign language

English

Associate
Takamasa NISHIZAKI

  • mechanical engineering
  • control engineering
  • electrical and electronics engineering
  • information systems

Although I was relatively late to enter the patent industry, I have long experience as an engineer. I believe that this experience gives me an advantage in understanding clients' inventions. In order to find out as many diverse possibilities as possible of clients' intellectual property, I always do my job particularly carefully in drafting specifications, handling official communications, and communication with overseas agents.

I started running marathons after I turned 40. I am not so fast a runner because I had never been involved seriously in sports before. However, I completed a full marathon with my persistent running style without giving up. With this persistency, I will make every effort to help clients obtain rights for their inventions.

Education

B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Ehime University
M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Ehime University Graduate School
Primary field of study: fuzzy control of pneumatic servo systems and parameter optimization techniques based on genetic algorithms

Industry experience

More than ten years of development of built-in control systems

Areas of expertise

Domestic and foreign patent applications in such fields of art as mechanics, electrical engineering, and control systems, oppositions and appeals, infringement/validity opinions, infringement cases

Additional qualifications

Second-Grade Certified Specialist of Intellectual Property Management
Third Class Electric Works Specialist
Intellectual Property Translation Proficiency Examination, first grade (in Mechanical Engineering)

Membership

Japan Patent Attorneys Association (JPAA)

Miscellaneous information

Josetsu Sodan Shitsu [Standing Consultation Group] at the Japan Patent Attorneys Association, 2020 to 2022

Foreign language

English

Associate
Tatsuya NAKA

  • mechanical engineering
  • control engineering
  • electrical and electronics engineering
  • information systems

When I introduce myself, I say "My hobby is baseball," with a bit of vanity and a sense of self-inspiration. However, I started playing baseball just before the age of 50, and it is not something that I can call my specialty. While I am keenly aware of the decline of my body, I enjoy working out with friends while aiming to be "as good as others".

Looking back, I entered the intellectual property industry when I was just past 30, and belatedly, I decided to become a patent attorney, at the age of 40.

It will be interesting to see what I will try to do at the age of 60, following this trend.

Education

B.S. in metallic engineering from Kansai University
Primary field of study: Negative temperature dependence of amorphous titanium

Industry experience

Seven years at a semiconductor manufacturer where he was involved primarily in designing and development of system LSI, followed by work at a patent law firm where he was involved primarily in domestic and foreign patent applications.

Areas of expertise

Domestic and foreign patent applications in the fields of art of electronics, information, mechanics, and control systems, oppositions and appeals, infringement/validity opinions, infringement cases

Additional qualifications

Applied Information Technology Engineer

Membership

Japan Patent Attorneys Association (JPAA)
Kansai Patent Attorneys Study Group (Kansai Tokkyo Kenkyukai or KTK)
West Japan Patent Attorneys (Nishi-Nihon Benrishi) Club

Miscellaneous information

Support patent attorney for the Patent Attorney Intellectual Property Caravan [Benrishi Chizai Kyaraban] at the Japan Patent Attorneys Association 2016 to present
Chizai Fukyu Shien Iinkai [Intellectual Property Propagation and Support Committee] at the Kansai group of the Japan Patent Attorneys Association, 2021 to present

Foreign language

English

Associate
Hiroki FUJIOKA

  • mechanical engineering
  • control engineering
  • chemistry
  • materials

In the intellectual property department of a machine manufacturer, I was in charge of requesting patent law firms to file patent applications from and handling consultation by the development department on how to avoid patents of other companies. I also experienced patent infringement litigation on both the plaintiff and defendant sides. With these experiences, I will support clients' intellectual property activities. For example, in interviews with inventors, I will communicate thoroughly with them and intellectual property staff to uncover as many inventive aspects as possible. I will propose claims that clearly express the features of the invention and that make it easy to claim infringement when exercising rights. I will prepare specifications that are easy to understand not only for the inventor but also for examiners, appeal examiners, and trial judges.

Education

M.S. in Chemistry from Kyoto University Graduate School of Science
B.S. in Chemistry from Kyoto University
Primary field of study: surface chemistry, especially molecular behaviors on metal surface

Industry experience

14 years at a manufacturer of measuring/packing/inspecting instruments: involved in development and design for seven years; and then domestic and foreign patent applications, appeals, and infringement cases at the intellectual property department for seven years.

Areas of expertise

Domestic and foreign patent applications in such fields of art as mechanics, oppositions and appeals, infringement/validity opinions, infringement cases

Membership

Japan Patent Attorneys Association (JPAA)

Foreign language

English

Associate
Junya IIDA

  • mechanical engineering
  • chemistry
  • materials
  • information systems

At university and graduate school, I majored in applied chemistry. At my previous job, I was involved in research, development, and technical services for resin materials. Engineers working with resin materials need to have a wide range of knowledge about the materials themselves, processing, and applications, and are sometimes required to obtain knowledge outside their field of expertise. Through such experiences, I am proud to say that I have been able to cultivate an aptitude for challenging myself with interest even in unfamiliar fields. As a patent attorney, I not only take a strong interest in clients' technologies and deepen my understanding of laws and systems, but also do my utmost to support clients' technologies to be used worldwide.

Education

M.S. in Applied Chemistry from Graduate School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo

B.S. in Applied Chemistry from The University of Tokyo

Primary field of study: Nanodroplets confined in a self-assembled spherical complex

Industry experience

Nine years at a chemical product manufacturer where he was involved in R&D and technical service for resin materials and resin composite materials

Areas of expertise

Domestic and foreign patent applications in the fields of art of chemistry, mechanics, and electrical engineering, oppositions and appeals, infringement/validity opinions, infringement cases

Additional qualifications

Qualified to represent clients in infringement litigations in collaboration with an attorney at law
High Pressure Gas Production Safety Management Certificate (Class A Chemical)
Hazardous Materials Engineer (Class A)
Applied Information Technology Engineer
Second Class Electrician

Membership

Japan Patent Attorneys Association (JPAA)
Kansai Patent Attorneys Study Group (Kansai Tokkyo Kenkyukai or KTK)
West Japan Patent Attorneys (Nishi-Nihon Benrishi) Club

Miscellaneous information

Chizai Fukyu Shien Iinkai [Intellectual Property Propagation and Support Committee] at the Kansai group of the Japan Patent Attorneys Association, 2020 to present
Vice coordinator for newcomers at the West Japan Patent Attorneys (Nishi-Nihon Benrishi) Club, 2021

Foreign language

English

Associate
Hiroshi EBARA

  • mechanical engineering
  • chemistry
  • materials

I believe that it is my duty as a patent attorney to work together with clients to discover inventions from their ideas and to help them obtain and utilize beneficial rights. With this in mind, I am always thinking about how I can add something extra to my work while meeting the needs of clients. I also believe that it is important to have a good private life. I make it a point to spend quality time with my family and enjoy my hobbies such as golf. I will continue to study hard every day and strive to meet the expectations of clients. I look forward to working with you.

Education

M.S. in Industrial Chemistry from Graduate School of Engineering, Doshisha University

B.S. from Department of Functional Molecular Engineering from Doshisha University

Primary field of study: Polymer chemistry, especially modeling of spider silk using artificial polymer


Industry experience

Seven years at a patent law firm where he mainly handled domestic and foreign patent applications and official communications

Areas of expertise

Domestic and foreign patent applications in the field of art of mechanics and materials engineering, oppositions and appeals, infringement/validity opinions, infringement cases

Additional qualifications

Qualified to represent clients in infringement litigations in collaboration with an attorney at law

Membership

Japan Patent Attorneys Association (JPAA)
Kansai Patent Attorneys Study Group (Kansai Tokkyo Kenkyukai or KTK)
West Japan Patent Attorneys (Nishi-Nihon Benrishi) Club

Foreign language

English

Associate
Jun KOZAWA

  • trademark

I handle each job promptly and carefully to contribute to clients' acquisition and utilization of trademark rights in Japan and abroad. I am committed to improving my skills and gaining experience so that I can be a familiar and easily consultable presence for clients.

On my days off, I cherish the time I spend with my family, such as going shopping with them, hoping to achieve a good balance between work and private life.

Education

B.A. in Economics from Rikkyo University

Industry experience

Employed at a package manufacturer where he was involved in corporate sales for developing new customers and discovering new demands from existing customers.

Seven yeast at patent law firms.

Areas of expertise

Domestic and foreign trademark applications, trademark searches, appeals

Membership

Japan Patent Attorneys Association (JPAA)
Kansai Patent Attorneys Study Group (Kansai Tokkyo Kenkyukai or KTK)
West Japan Patent Attorneys (Nishi-Nihon Benrishi) Club

Miscellaneous information

Unfair Competition Prevention Act Committee at the Japan Patent Attorneys Association 2020 to present

Foreign language

English

Associate
Yudai FUKUNISHI

  • mechanical engineering
  • control engineering
  • chemistry
  • biotechnology
  • materials

My favorite motto is "benefit oneself and others" which was an educational slogan at my high school. I endeavor to self-grow through developing my knowledge and studing tehcnology, to be a reliable patent attorney who helps customers and sociaty. I came to the pantent industry relarively late, while I am inspired every day by being exposed to various inventions. I enjoy playing futsal and watching soccer games, as well as watching Kabuki and old Japanese movies.

Education

B.S. in Textile Science (High Polymer) from the Kyoto Institute of Technology
M.S. in Industrial Art Science (Advanced Fibro-Science) from the Graduate School of the Kyoto Institute of Technology
Primary field of study: Fibrillization and film formation with a biomass biobased polymer, in particular, structure and physical property of an enzymatically synthesized amylose film

Industry experience

5years at an inspection institute where he was involved in inspection, chemical analysis and accident cause investigation. 8 years at a prep school where he was involved in coaching students.

Areas of expertise

Domestic and foreign patent appliations primarily in mechanics

Membership

Japan Patent Attorneys Association (JPAA)
Kansai Patent Attorneys Study Group (Kansai Tokkyo Kenkyukai or KTK)
West Japan Patent Attorneys (Nishi-Nihon Benrishi) Club

Foreign language

English

Associate
Kensaku MIYOSHI

  • mechanical engineering
  • control engineering
  • information systems

At a steel furniture manufacturer, after having experiences in sales, I worked in an IP department where I was involved in finding technologies that would result in patent, preparing new patent applications with patent law firms, and giving counsel to an R&D department for avoiding infringement, while in communication with a patent department. From the client’s point of view, I always ask myself, “What right can contribute to the client’s business?”. Before I became busy raising my children, I was a member of an adult soccer team and worked out on weekends. I also like historical novels and am a fan of Ryotaro Shiba, known for his historical novels.

Education

B.A. in School of Commerce from Meiji University
Marketing, Consumer behavioristics, environmental psychology and consumer behavior

Industry experience

At a steel furniture manufacturer, 7 years as B2B sales person to develop new customers and support existing customers, and then 4 years at an IP division where he handled patent applications.

Areas of expertise

Domestic and foreign patent applications primarily in mechanics and mechanical control.

Additional qualifications

2nd grade Certified Specialist of Intellectual Property Management

Applied Information Technology Engineer

Intellectual Property Analyst certified by Association of Intellectual Property Education

Membership

Japan Patent Attorneys Association (JPAA)
Kansai Patent Attorneys Study Group (Kansai Tokkyo Kenkyukai or KTK)
West Japan Patent Attorneys (Nishi-Nihon Benrishi) Club

Foreign language

English

Associate
Tomomi UCHIDA

  • trademark

I entered this industry because I wanted to work in a specialized field, and the more I learn about the world of trademarks, the more profound I feel it is. I find my work rewarding when a client's trademark is successfully registered, and I am happy when I discover in my daily life a trademark that I have handled. I will continue to study and strive to contribute to the acquisition of trademarks in Japan and abroad, while making the most of my past experience.
I have become an inimitable lover of living things, having lost my aversion to insects while catching insects with my children. After English and Chinese, I would like to try a new language again.

Education

B.A. in English from Kobe College

Industry experience

3 years at a finantial enterprise where she was involved in corporate sales, about 10 years at a patent law firm

Areas of expertise

Represent and assist clients in domestic and foreign trademark applications, appeals; conduct trademark searches,

Additional qualifications

EIKEN Test in Practical English Proficiency Grade Pre-1
Test of Chinese Proficiency Grade Pre-1

Membership

Japan Patent Attorneys Association (JPAA)
Kansai Patent Attorneys Study Group (Kansai Tokkyo Kenkyukai or KTK)
West Japan Patent Attorneys (Nishi-Nihon Benrishi) Club

Foreign language

English
Chinese

Associate
Reiko YASUDA

  • mechanical engineering
  • control engineering
  • information systems

I always try to maintain good communication with people around me, including my clients, and this effort is from my experience of being stationed in a foreign country where the language and culture are different.

I am striving to improve myself so that I can be a patent attorney whom our clients can trust and feel comfortable consulting with.

My hobbies are playing tennis, baking sweets, and traveling. On weekends, I enjoy taking short trips with my children by train and playing tennis for fun in the park to refresh myself.

Education

B.S. in Applied Chemistry from the Osaka Institute of Technology
M.S. in Intellectual Property Law from the Graduate School of Law and Politics, Osaka University
Primary field of study: Influence of ultrasonic wave irradiation on reducing alkylation of coal

Industry experience

Employed at a company where she was involved in system development; employed at a patent law firm

Areas of expertise

Domestic and foreign patent applications, infringement/validity opinions, oppositions and appeals before JPO, and infringement cases primarily in mechanics and mechanical control.

Additional qualifications

Fundamental Information Technology Engineer
Software Design & Development Engineer

Membership

Japan Patent Attorneys Association (JPAA)
Kansai Patent Attorneys Study Group (Kansai Tokkyo Kenkyukai or KTK)

Foreign language

English

Associate
Donglin ZHAO

  • chemistry
  • materials

With the motto of my former high school, "aim high, and learn deeply" as my philosophy, I have been challenging myself to different fields every time I took a new step in China, the United States, and Japan. In the challenges, I found myself enjoying being a supporter to contribute to others, and decided to become a patent attorney. While making use of my extensive research experience in academia and the language skills I have acquired in three different countries, I will continue to improve my practical skills, strive to gain broad and deep understanding of technology, and aim to be "the best supporter for our clients".

Education

Ph.D. in Chemistry from Department of Chemistry and The James Franck Institute, The University of Chicago
B.S. in Chemistry from Jilin University
Primary field of study: Design and synthesis of small and polymeric materials for organic thin-film solar cells

Industry experience

4 years as a specially appointed researcher at Osaka University, where she engaged in development of precise semi-synthesis of glycoproteins with variable glycan structures and evaluation for quality of the synthetic glycoproteins

Areas of expertise

Domestic and foreign patent applications in the field of chemistry

Additional qualifications

TOEIC score 970

Membership

Japan Patent Attorneys Association (JPAA)
Kansai Patent Attorneys Study Group (Kansai Tokkyo Kenkyukai or KTK)

Foreign language

Chinese, Japanese, and English

Associate
Kayo FUKUNISHI

  • mechanical engineering
  • chemistry
  • civil engineering and constructoin
  • materials

In the corporate IP Department, I was involved in a wide range of IP-related work, including invention discovery, patent application and prosecution, searches for other companies’ patents, infringement avoidance, contracts, and intellectual property negotiations. With this experience, I strive to accurately understand our clients' needs and help them create and manage intellectual property that contributes to their business.
My motto is "Be persistent and think ahead," and my hope is to be a courteous and reliable patent attorney that clients will be glad they hired.

Education

B.S. in Chemistry from Nara Women's University
Primary field of study:Asymmetric reduction of N-oxide using silica-alumina gel catalyst

Industry experience

Work at a public research organization (textile division) where she was involved in technical support for small and medium-sized companies and experimental research works, 2 years at a patent firm, followed by 15 years at the IP department of a general electronics and construction materials manufacturer, as an IP manager.

Areas of expertise

Domestic and foreign patent applications in the fields of art of material, chemistry and mechanics, oppositions and appeals, infringement/validity opinions, infringement cases

Additional qualifications

1st grade Certified Specialist of Intellectual Property Management
The CCI Japan Business Law Examination, Grade 2 Certified
Examination of Copyright Proficiency for Practical Business, Advanced Level

Membership

Japan Patent Attorneys Association (JPAA)

Foreign language

English

Associate
Saori YAMAKI

  • trademark

I will make a point of being careful and prompt for each case so that I can contribute to client's intellectual property activities.
I will make efforts every day to be a patent attorney who can fully understand client's requests, and propose an optimum way to respond to the requests.
When I am off work, I enjoy traveling, theater-going, walking, horse riding, and other outdoor activities. I maintain a good work-life balance.

Education

B.S. in Department of Medical Life Systems, Faculty of Life and Medical Sciences from Doshisha University

Industry experience

Engaged in monitoring clinical trials for drug development at a Contract Research Organization (CRO)
Worked at a patent office
Engaged in trademark searches as a staff member of an association

Areas of expertise

Trademark searches, domestic and foreign trademark applications, appeals

Membership

Japan Patent Attorneys Association (JPAA)

Foreign language

English

Associate
Naoki TOYOKAWA

  • chemistry
  • biotechnology
  • materials

I was involved in studies on lactic-acid bacteria for 10 years at the University, the Graduate School, and my previous company. I will make the most of my knowledge and experience gained as a researcher, and will always strive to experience new technologies and update myself so that I can provide appropriate advice and careful support. I will continually evolve to protect client's important intellectual properties, derive full value from the IP, and respond to client's requests.
My hobbies are fishing and mountain climbing. I value being in nature and enjoy outdoor activities. I sometimes get creative ideas through getting in touch with beauty in nature. I value getting my energy and imagination through daily activities, and making use of them in my work.

Education

M.S. in Graduate School of Environmental and Life Science, Division of Science for Bio-Production from Okayama University
B.S. in Faculty of Agriculture, Division of Agricultural Science from Okayama University
Primary field of study: Relationship between strain specificity and extracellular protease in growth of lactic-acid bacteria in milk

Industry experience

Eight years at a dairy product company, where he engaged mainly in separating, storing, breeding, and improving lactic-acid bacteria and bifidobacteria

Areas of expertise

Domestic and foreign patent applications in such fields of art as chemistry, biotechnology, and mechanics, appeals, infringement/validity opinions, infringement cases

Membership

Japan Patent Attorneys Association (JPAA)

Foreign language

English

Associate
Takako SAKIYAMA

  • chemistry
  • biotechnology
  • materials

I support the protection and utilization of clients' intellectual property with sincerity. In my daily work, I strive to meet the needs of clients to the maximum extent possible. I have been working for many years while balancing work and home life by adopting telecommuting. On weekends, I spend a leisurely time walking around the neighborhood and when time allows, making sweets. I will continue to keep communicating with clients and accumulate knowledge about intellectual property.

Education

B.S. in Pharmaceutical Chemistry from Okayama University
Primary field of study: Molecular biology in general, with emphasis on isolation and use of bioactive proteins such as cytokines with novel antitumor activity and enzymes

Industry experience

Four years at a cancer research laboratory of a pharmaceutical manufacturer where she was engaged primarily in research and development of biological formulations and chemotherapeutic drugs

Areas of expertise

Domestic and foreign patent applications in the field of biotechnology

Additional qualifications

Certified pharmacist

Membership

Japan Patent Attorneys Association (JPAA)
Kansai Patent Attorneys Study Group (Kansai Tokkyo Kenkyukai or KTK)

Foreign language

English

Chinese Patent Attorney
Zui KAKU

  • mechanical engineering
  • control engineering
  • information systems
  • telecommunications

I believe that trust is the most important thing, both with clients and within the firm. I work hard every day to never betray the trust of clients as well as of superiors and coworkers by always providing high-quality service and keeping improving my skills. On my days off, I enjoy eating good food, going to favorite places, and trying different things to refresh myself from the fatigue of work. For me, work is not a burden, but something to enjoy and an essential pleasure in life. I would like to continue to lead a well-balanced life in the future.

Education

B.S. in Software Engineering from Northeastern University (China)
Primary field of study: IT, information, and communication, especially software research and development

Industry experience

Employed at a major manufacturer of household electric appliances for six years where she was involved mainly in research and development of software for household electric appliances and mobile phones.

Employed at a patent law firm in Japan for four and a half years where she was involved mainly in patent acquisition in IT, information, communication, and mechanical fields.

Areas of expertise

Domestic and foreign patent applications in the fields of art of mechanics and communication, oppositions and appeals, infringement/validity opinions, infringement cases

Additional qualifications

Passed the bar examination in China
Applied Information Technology Engineer
Fundamental Information Technology Engineer

Membership

Kansai Patent Attorneys Study Group (Kansai Tokkyo Kenkyukai or KTK)

Foreign language

Chinese, Japanese, and English

Chinese Patent Attorney
Chungchen CHEN

  • mechanical engineering
  • control engineering
  • materials

After graduating from a Japanese language school, I entered the patent industry as I was looking for a job that would allow me to utilize my knowledge of science and language skills. As I realized the importance of Chinese patents whose applications are rapidly increasing and which are a large part of the world's intellectual property, I became a qualified Chinese patent attorney. While I feel that it is very rewarding as a job to give shape to clients' important ideas from an intellectual property perspective, I also realize that I am required to have a wide range of knowledge and experience in law and technology, and am constantly improving my skills.

I will try my best to support the acquisition and utilization of rights from a native's perspective.

Education

M.S. in Material and Process from Taiwan Tatung University Graduate School

B.S. in Material Science and Process from Taiwan National Formosa University

Primary field of study: Machine material, especially processing and anticorrosion of metal material

Industry experience

Employed at a patent law firm in Taiwan for two years where he was involved primarily in patent acquisition in Taiwan
Employed at a patent law firm in Japan for five years where he has involved primarily in patent acquisition in domestic and foreign applications, handling of official communications, and translation

Areas of expertise

Domestic and foreign patent applications in the field of art of mechanics, oppositions and appeals, infringement/validity opinions, infringement cases

Additional qualifications

Second-Grade Certified Specialist of Intellectual Property Management

Foreign language

Chinese, Japanese, and English