Member introduction

Our staff members who have an abundance of experience in every field support you.

Attorneys

Masayuki
Shobayashi

photo  :  Masayuki Shobayashi

position
President &
Patent Attorney
expertise
Trademark, Chemical, Pharmaceutical, Biochemical

Takuya
Saito

photo  :  Masayuki Shobayashi

position
Executive
Vice President &
Patent Attorney
expertise
Advises on ICT/software-related inventions, business models, IP strategy, IP economic valueassessment, contract negotiation support, etc.

Kazuyoshi
Hayashi

photo  :  Kazuyoshi Hayashi

position
Partner Patent
Attorney
expertise
Polymers, Food Products

Tetsuo
Shiba

photo  :  Tetsuo Shiba

position
Partner Patent
Attorney
expertise
Examination in the Fields of Business Machinery (Printer etc.), Exposure & Development Technology, Optical Devices, and Applied Optics. Appeals and Proceedings in the Fields of General Machinery.

Yuichi
Niiyama

photo  :  Yuichi Niiyama

position
Patent Attorney
expertise
Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Genetic Engineering

Ryuta
Kato

photo  :  Ryuta Kato

position
Patent Attorney
expertise
Chemistry

Mitsuru
Iwaike

photo  :  Mitsuru Iwaike

position
Patent Attorney
expertise
Precision Machinery

Elizabeth
Partridge

photo  :  Elizabeth Partridge

position
Patent Attorney (New Zealand and Australia)
Solicitor (New Zealand)
expertise
Patent prosecution - chemical and pharmaceutical patents / Patent disputes and enforcement

Kazuo
Aoki

photo  :  Kazuo Aoki

position
Patent Attorney
expertise
Examination in the Fields of Measurement, Surveying, Investigation, and Business Machinery (Printing Press etc.). Appeals and Proceedings in the Fields of Measurement, Optical Devices, Display Devices, and Electronic Games.

Hiroaki
Hoshino

photo  :  Hiroaki Hoshino

position
Patent Attorney
expertise
Organic Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Control Systems, Machines

Kazuhiro
Suganuma

photo  :  Kazuhiro Suganuma

position
Patent Attorney
expertise
Control Systems, Electric and Electronic Equipment

Yoichiro
Nakanishi

photo  :  Yoichiro Nakanishi

position
Patent Attorney
expertise
Information processing, commodities, amusement machines, machinery, copyright, Unfair Competition Prevention Act

Tomoko
Okano

photo  :  Tomoko Okano

position
Patent Attorney
expertise
Absorbent article, Sanitary protection, Packaging, Daily necessaries, Machines

Ai
Hamano

photo  :  Ai Hamano

position
Patent Attorney
expertise
Chemistry, Biotechnology

Akinobu
Abe

photo  :  Akinobu Abe

position
Patent Attorney
expertise
Organic chemistry, polymers and their applications, precious metal catalysts, biotechnology

Kunihiko
Wakabayashi

photo  :  Kunihiko Wakabayashi

position
Patent Attorney
expertise
Inventions relating to machinery, casting, fuel cells, and computer programs.

Seiichi
Akagawa

photo  :  Seiichi Akagawa

position
Patent Attorney
expertise
Computer-related technologies, Applications, Appeals against Decisions, and Inter-parties Appeals (Invalidation Appeals, Judgment, etc.) in the fields of the above-specified technologies

Akihiro
Kitamura

photo  :  Akihiro Kitamura

position
Patent Attorney
expertise
Examination, Appeal Examination, and Litigation in the fields relating to metal, metal processing, surface treatment, semiconductor manufacturing, and separation treatment

Tadao
Urimoto

photo  :  Tadao Urimoto

position
Patent Attorney
expertise
Design examinations, and Appeal examinations in general

Kazuhiro
Kosuge

photo  :  Kazuhiro Kosuge

position
Patent Attorney
expertise
Automobile and transport machinery, medical machinery, home electrical appliances, and optical instruments; general Examination, Appeals, and Judicial cases

Yoshifumi
Tsurumoto

photo  :  Yoshifumi TSURUMOTO

position
Patent Attorney
expertise
Matters related to : value assessment, strategic planning, contract, dispute, and patent filing

Nobuhiro
Sakima

photo  :  Nobuhiro Sakima

position
Patent Attorney
expertise
Electronic devices, power semiconductors, wiring processes for semiconductors, manufacturing apparatuses for compound semiconductors, electronic devices and semiconductors, and patent examinations in general

Hitoshi
Watanabe

photo  :  Hitoshi Watanabe

position
Patent Attorney
expertise
Organic compounds, medical devices, food, polymer, and plastics engineering. Examination and Appeals Examination in the above technical fields.

Atsuya
Sukenari

photo  :  Atsuya SUKENARI

position
Patent Attorney
expertise
Chemistry
(organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry), biology, pharmacology

Yoshio
Nishiyama

photo : Yoshio Nishiyama

position
Patent Attorney
expertise
Organic chemistry, macromolecules

Shuhei
Sugiyama

photo : Shuhei Sugiyama

position
Patent Attorney
expertise
Matters related to patent filing in the areas of : electronic devices such as printers and scanners; and mechanical devices such as textile machines and agricultural machines,
Measures against counterfeit products : experience with lawsuits in China

Minori
Watanabe

photo : Minori Watanabe

position
Patent Attorney
expertise
Patent filing and office-action responding in Japan and overseas, relating to : compositions, compacts, etc. such as resins, rubbers and coatings; thermal transfer sheets; and pharmaceuticals.  Negotiations such as contracts.  IP due diligence, etc.

Yoshihiro
Eguchi

photo : Yoshihiro EGUCHI

position
Patent Attorney
expertise
Telecommunication (telephone exchange devices, image processing, memory testing, transmitters, receivers, transmission circuits, computer user interfaces, mobile communication)

Hirotake
Ito

photo : Hirotake ITO

position
Patent Attorney
expertise
Searches, the system of customs border control in general

Takeshi
Higuchi

photo : Takeshi Higuchi

position
Patent Attorney
expertise
In charge of matters relating to patent filing and prosecution in the areas of: nitride semiconductors,light-emitting elements, electrical insulated wires, fat and oil compositions, printers, and pest-trappingdevices

Akira
Ohno

photo : OHNO

position
Patent Attorney
expertise
Organic chemistry (in particular, organometallic chemistry, drug discovery chemistry, and process chemistry)

Hiromichi
Hasegawa

photo : Hiromichi Hasegawa

position
Patent Attorney
expertise
Biotechnology (assays, kits or apparatuses thereof, microorganisms, etc.),organic chemistry (low-molecular organic synthesis, resist materials, optical materials, optical films, etc.)

Akashi
Takita

photo : Akashi Takita

position
Patent Attorney/CPA
expertise
In charge of IP searches, as well as matters relating to IP accounting

Yuko
Yokota

photo : Yuko Yokota

position
Patent Attorney
expertise
In charge of matters relating to prosecution of applications, as well as handling trademark applications,for Japanese and overseas clients

Kumiko
Motoki

photo : �jumiko�@Motok

position
Patent Attorney
expertise
In charge of matters relating to prosecution of applications in the areas of physics and machinery

Tomoharu
Watanabe

photo : Tomoharu Watanabe

position
Patent Attorney
expertise
Biological technology (principally, neuroscience, genetics, etc.), and information technology (principally,medical systems, gaming systems, etc.)

Eiji
Hayashi

photo : Eiji Hayashi

position
Patent Attorney
expertise
Handling trademark registrations; prosecuting application through examination and appeal examination stages

Noriki
Tachibana

photo : Noriki Tachibana

position
Patent Attorney
expertise
Low-molecular organic materials (organic EL materials, antistatic agents, ultraviolet absorbing agents,additives for surfactant, etc.), and polymer materials (PET films and surface treatment materials, TACfilms and surface treatment materials, transparent conductive film materials, etc.)

Takako
Shinoda

photo:Takako Shinoda

position
Patent Attorney
expertise
Trademarks, Copyrights, Unfair Competition Prevention Act

Makoto
Kaneko

photo:Makoto Kaneko

position
Patent Attorney
expertise
Machinery, Control Systems, and Mechatronics in general

Junko
Hagiuda

photo:Junko Hagiuda

position
Patent Attorney
expertise
Software, IT

Hiroki
Kishitake

photo:Hiroki Kishitake

position
Patent Attorney
expertise
Chemistry, Biotechnology, and Organic Chemistry

Noritsugu
Chuma

photo:Noritsugu Chuma

position
Patent Attorney
expertise
Application filing, prosecutions, appeals, expert opinions, contentious cases,litigations, etc. in relation to office furniture, building components, commodities, etc.

Takamasa
Nakano

photo:Takamasa Nakano

position
Patent Attorney
expertise
Communications (mobile communication terminals, base stations, network relaydevices, IP telephone sets and switchboards); andControl Systems, and InformationProcessing (POS systems, copiers, car navigation systems, business models)

Junya
Kato

photo:Junya KATO

position
Patent Attorney
expertise
Physics, Electric Engineering, and Control

Yuki
Seino

photo:Yuki SEINO

position
Patent Attorney
expertise
Inorganic Materials, Organic Materials, Colloid and Interface Chemistry,
and Crystal Chemistry

Haruki
Kurumatani

photo:Haruki Kurumatani

position
Patent Attorney
expertise
Patent filing in the field of polymers, polymeric compositions, resin additives, carbohydrates, etc.Search in the field of FTO, prior art search, invalidation search, etc.

Rie
Masuda

photo:Rie Masuda

position
Patent Attorney
expertise
Inorganic chemistry and organic chemistry

Kiyoshi
Kuruma

photo:Kiyoshi Kuruma

position
Patent Attorney
expertise
Disputes in the field of infringement lawsuits relating to connectors.Patent filing in the field of inorganic materials (metallic materials, in particular), semiconductors, material processing, surface treatment, batteries, catalysts, and connectors.

Kyoko
Nomura

photo:Kyoko Nomura

position
Patent Attorney
expertise
Chemistry, optical materials, and electronic devices

Hitoshi
Nishimura

photo:Hitoshi Nishimura

position
Patent Attorney
expertise
Semiconductor memory, logic circuits, encoding/decoding (data compression/decompression), electronic watermarking, pachinko/pachislo, cameras, lens systems, eyeglasses/contact lenses, optical films (polarizing films, compensation films, etc.), liquid crystal devices, organic electroluminescence devices, developing materials for electrophotography, photoresists, LEDs, semiconductor lasers, etc.

Takako
Matsuda

photo:Takako Matsuda

position
Patent Attorney
expertise
Biotechnologies (i.a. molecular biology, regenerative medicine, genetic engineering)

Masakazu
Higuma

photo:Masakazu Higuma

position
Patent Attorney
expertise
Mechanical engineering, structural engineering, control engineering

Daisuke
Katsuya

photo:Daisuke Katsuya

position
Patent Attorney
expertise
Patent filing in the field of: primarily, software (business models), and mechanical (structural) engineering.

Yuki
Nakajima

photo:Yuki Nakajima

position
Patent Attorney
expertise
Macromolecular chemistry, electrophotographic materials, carbon nanotubes,
semiconductor devices, packaging materials, paints and coatings, explosives, automobile
manufacturing facilities, medical devices, pharmaceuticals and agrochemicals, recombinant proteins, etc.

Taku
Takeishi

photo:Taku Takeishi

position
Patent Attorney
expertise
Patent filing and examination in the field of: inorganic chemistry, in particular, ceramic and metallic engineering.

Atsuyoshi
Tsuchiya

photo:Atsuyoshi Tsuchiya

position
Patent Attorney
expertise
Development/creation of products/services such as: flame detectors, infrared sensors, access control systems, systems for bank-affiliated digital certificate authority (overseas company), commercial certificate authority 1 (digital certificate authority for electronic bidding), and commercial certificate authority 2 (digital certificate authority for electronic bidding).