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TMI Associates

Established in 1990 by 10 IP specialists, TMI Associates has grown into a full-service offering – and the fifth biggest firm in Japan. It prides itself on its high-quality service and breadth of legal offering. The firm is “forward thinking” in its approach to the delivery of legal services, and with a team of lawyers, patent attorneys and support staff, it aims to meet clients’ increasingly complex needs. Given the firm’s focus on adapting to the changing social environment, it is unsurprising that it is home to many distinguished practitioners in the fields of IP, TMT and life sciences. 


Four practitioners are noted for their stellar IP litigation practices. Yoshiyuki Inaba is also a patent attorney, advising clients on their IP strategies and disputes in the patents and trademark space. His expertise covers mechanical and control engineering, pharmaceutical machinery and electrical engineering. Mitsuko "Mimi" Miyagawa is a “force to be reckoned with” in the IP field. A “first-rate” lawyer, she has a broad IP practice encompassing litigation and trials. Hiroshi Nemoto is particularly recommended for his experience in the pharmaceuticals, and healthcare industries, as well as IT and communications. He provides “clear and concise advice” and “can be relied upon in a crisis”. Satoru Nagasaka is lauded for his “international mindset” and is described as a “great tactician”. He is recommended for his IP litigation and life sciences practice. Toshiharu Furukawa also earns a listing in our life sciences research demonstrating his “incredible depth of understanding of the industry” and “commercially oriented advice”.

TMI Associates has an impressive TMT practice covering the IT and communications, media and entertainment fields. Masaya Hirano is “well versed” in the industry and offers clients “sophisticated advice that is tailored to clients’ needs”. Alongside him, Atsushi Igarashi receives praise for his “bespoke solutions” and “astute legal mind”.

The firm receives further recognition in the restructuring and insolvency, labour and employment and capital markets chapters of this guide, a testament to the breadth of expertise on offer at the firm. 

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