In this chapter, 40 top-tier lawyers are recognised for their extensive expertise across the full spectrum of intellectual property law matters, including patents, trademarks and copyright issues.
Most Highly Regarded
Nakamura & Partners stands out with four listings.
Yoshio Kumakura is a “senior statesman” who is “highly regarded for his trademark expertise”.
Koichi Tsujii enjoys a “strong domestic practice” thanks to his encyclopaedic knowledge of parallel imports, licensing agreements and the full gamut of trademark issues.
Kazuhiko Yoshida is revered as a “vastly knowledgeable IP lawyer” with extensive experience in domestic and international transactions, licensing issues and disputes.
Kazuko Matsuo stands out as a seasoned veteran with unparalleled experience in the field, making her an authority on intellectual property law.
Eiji Katayama with Abe Ikubo & Katayama is a first-rate patent litigator who is “vastly knowledgeable and client-driven” according to impressed sources.
At Yuasa and Hara Toshiaki Iimura is lauded for his “extensive IP experience”, including his tenure as chief judge of the Intellectual Property High Court of Japan.
Seiji Ohno of Ohno & Partners is a market-leading patents specialist who is “famous for his exceptional IP work for big-name clients”.
At Anderson Mori & Tomotsune, Yasufumi Shiroyama is celebrated for his strong IP practice, which sees him represent domestic and international clients in disputes, transfer agreements and regulatory proceedings.
Wataru Sueyoshi at Sueyoshi & Sato is a well-established figure who excels across the full spectrum of IP issues, including complex disputes and cross-border transactions.
With three decades of experience, Hajime Watanabe at Shiomizaka stands out as a first-rate patent litigator.
Takamitsu Shigetomi of Oh-Ebashi LPC & Partners is a “go-to IP lawyer” with broad expertise spanning the biotechnology, chemistry, pharmaceutical and mechanical engineering industries.
Eiichiro Kubota of Kubota is recognised for his “stunning reputation among clients at home and abroad”. He is highly sought after for patent and trademark litigation.
Maxwell Fox* with Jones Day is noted for his “sensational IP practice” which sees him defend multinationals, including life sciences and electronics companies, against infringement claims and in commercial disputes.
Hiroshi Nemoto at TMI Associates stands out as an authority on pharmaceutical patent litigation and has a strong understanding of IP copyright issues.
Hiroyuki Hagiwara* at Paul Hastings receives plaudits for his top-drawer IP practice, where he excels in high-value contentious proceedings.
Naoki Yoshida* with Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner is highly esteemed for his broad expertise across the full gamut of IP matters including portfolio management, due diligence and disputes.
* foreign-qualified lawyer