Japan: IP - Patent Attorneys (Benrishi) 2017

In this chapter we highlight 22 Benrishi as the leading patent attorneys in Japan. Their expertise includes patent prosecution, infringement and litigation, copyright and unfair competition.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Yoshiyuki Inaba TMI Associates, Tokyo
2. Hisao Fukami Fukami Patent Office, Osaka

We identify four practitioners at IP boutique SUZUYE & SUZUYE who stand out for their leading work in the field.
Toshimi Koide is a recognised authority in the field and receives plaudits for his longstanding IP litigation experience.
Masatoshi Kurata is regarded as one of the foremost IP experts in Japan and is highly respected among peers and clients alike.

KYOWA PATENT AND LAW OFFICE achieves three listings in this chapter.
Takeshi Sekine specialises in technology and electrical engineering and provides a depth of experience in patent matters across those sectors.
Manabu Miyajima is a leader in the field of IP litigation and intellectual property rights. He receives praise from peers for his strong practice and ability to provide effective solutions for clients.
Hiroshi Nagai boasts a renowned patents practice and is highly respected in the market, particularly for his excellent work in the field of mechanical engineering.

Two leading lawyers at KUBOTA are recognised for their impressive expertise in the space.
Founding partner Eiichiro Kubota receives high praise for his distinguished work in the patents space and for his IP litigation, infringement and invalidity expertise.
Chiaki Kato also gains recognition this year for her depth of experience in patent protection, copyright, counterfeit and unfair competition matters.

At FUKAMI PATENT OFFICE, chairman Hisao Fukami is renowned for his work in the telecoms and electrical sectors and wins praise from sources who consider him a superb patent attorney and well-established litigator.

SOEI PATENT & LAW FIRM achieves two listings in this chapter.
Yoshiki Kuroki is widely respected for his skills as an IP infringement litigator and is a distinguished name within the Japanese market.
Yoshinori Shimizu is a noted expert in the life sciences sector and is well versed in handling patent prosecutions, appeals and litigation matters.

At TMI ASSOCIATES two individuals are listed for their brilliant work in the patents arena.
Yoshiyuki Inaba is one of the leading names in the patents field in Japan; he is esteemed within the market as a strategist and a dynamic practitioner.
Kumi Morimoto receives commendations across the board for his expertise in IP and unfair competition matters.

TANI & ABE’s Yoshikazu Tani boasts over 40 years of experience in patent law and is known for his terrific work across a wide array of sectors including telecommunications and electronics.

Tomohiro Nakamura at KONISHI & NAKAMURA is recognised for his longstanding expertise in IP in the automotive industry and receives high praise for his knowledge of anti-counterfeiting matters.

ABE IKUBO & KATAYAMA sees the legendary Mami Hino recommended for her strategic abilities in patent prosecution and high court IP litigation.

Nami Togawa at SEIWA PATENT & LAW enjoys a great reputation in the market for her international practice. She is a widely respected patent expert with extensive experience in licensing and litigation.

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Nominees have been selected based upon comprehensive, independent survey work with both general counsel and private practice lawyers worldwide. Only specialists who have met independent international research criteria are listed.

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