Yoshifumi Onodera is a partner at Mori Hamada & Matsumoto. Being highly experienced in various TMT matters, he is particularly articulate in the delivery of advice to both foreign and domestic clients on complex business structures in vast industries including internet-related services, social networking services, games, music, movies and telecommunications. The majority of his matters are subject to communication, media, competition, consumer and information laws. His expertise also extends to IP related transactions, concerning the licensing and dispute resolution aspects of a case in the subsidiary fields of infringement litigations, invalidity trials, appellate litigation and arbitration, and licensing in relation to intellectual property including patents, trademarks, and copyright.
Onodera accepted appointment at the firm’s Beijing office in 2014 as the chief representative partner; dually attending and rendering services from Tokyo and China personally. His work in actual practice in Tokyo as well as in China is equally executed with his sophisticated knowledge base bringing the firm’s China practice group to the fore. Naturally, with many IP-related matters under his belt, his work has taken him beyond the borders of Japan and China, with clients benefiting from his skill in ASEAN member countries, South Asian countries, and Middle East countries.
Frequently listed as a leading expert in intellectual property law in Chambers Global (2016-2017), The Best Lawyers in Japan (editions 4–7) and other publications, he is an officer of the intellectual property and entertainment law committee of the International Bar Association and a board member of the intellectual property centre of the Japan Federation of Bar Associations. He is fluent in Japanese, English and Mandarin.
WWL says: Yoshifumi Onodera is an “excellent, professional” practitioner who possesses deep expertise in matters concerning the internet and social media.
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