Japan: IP - Patent Attorneys (Benrishi) 2018

Our research this year identifies 18 Benrishi as the leading patent attorneys in the Japanese market. Those highlighted boast experience across the full spectrum of intellectual property issues, including infringement litigation, prosecution and licensing.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Yoshiyuki Inaba TMI Associates, Tokyo
2. Mami Hino Abe Ikubo & Katayama, Tokyo

TMI Associates is widely recognised as a leading firm in this space and this year sees two impressive patent attorneys highlighted for their expertise.
Yoshiyuki Inaba is “a famous IP practitioner” who sources call “a senior statesman” in the market. He boasts an impressive track record handling a wide range of patent, design and trademark issues.
Kumi Morimoto is “a brilliant practitioner” say sources, who are quick to highlight her strong expertise in the fields of trademarks law and unfair competition.

Abe Ikubo & Katayama also performs well in our research, achieving two listings this year.
The “excellent” Mami Hino is a key name in the market thanks to her extensive experience handling complex patent infringement and invalidity proceedings. She is particularly well regarded for her strength in the pharmaceuticals sector.
Sumiko Kobayashi is a “brilliant” patent attorney who is very active in the field of IP litigation. She is regularly involved in major cases involving both Japanese and international companies.

Hisao Fukami of Fukami Patent Office enjoys “an excellent reputation” in the market and “stands out” for his long-standing experience handling patent infringement disputes involving electrical patents.

The “excellent” Makoto Ono at Anderson Mori & Tomotsune has a wealth of experience handling patent prosecution matters for major companies in the life sciences space.

Toshimi Koide at Suzuye & Suzuye is a specialist intellectual property litigator and garners praise for the depth of his expertise in matters relating to trademarks law.

With more than 45 years’ experience, Yoshikazu Tani of Tani & Abe is a long-standing fixture in the market, and receives accolades for his strength handling patent prosecution, licensing and litigation.

Tomohiro Nakamura at Konishi & Nakamura is internationally recognised for his work in the automotive sector and is commended for his outstanding expertise when it comes to anti-counterfeiting matters.

Seiwa Patent & Law’s Nami Togawa has more than 25 years’ experience handling the registration and prosecution of intellectual property rights and is widely considered an expert in the field.

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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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