Member introduction

Our staff members have extensive experience and knowledge to help you optimize your IP and achieve your goals.

Attorneys

Masayuki
SHOBAYASHI

photo:Masayuki SHOBAYASHI

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

Takuya
SAITO

photo:Takuya SAITO

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

Kazuyoshi
HAYASHI

photo:Kazuyoshi HAYASHI

position
Executive Vice President & Senior Partner Patent Attorney
expertise
Polymers, Food Products

Hiroaki
HOSHINO

photo:Hiroaki HOSHINO

position
Executive Vice President & Partner Patent Attorney
expertise
Organic Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Control Systems, Machines

Ryuta
KATO

photo:Ryuta KATO

position
Executive Vice President & Partner Patent Attorney
expertise
Chemistry

Koichi
MINAMI

photo:Koichi MINAMI

position
Advisor
expertise
General machinery (gears, transmissions, transmission controls, torque converters, transmission belts, shock absorbers, fixing devices, valves, seals), production machinery (cutting, grinding/polishing, blasting)

Tetsuo
SHIBA

photo:Tetsuo SHIBA

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

Yuichi
NIIYAMA

photo:Yuichi NIIYAMA

position
Patent Attorney
expertise
Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Genetic Engineering

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.

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, gaming machines, machinery, copyright, Unfair Competition Prevention Act

Tomoko
OKANO

photo:Tomoko OKANO

position
Patent Attorney
expertise
Absorbent articles, Sanitary protection, Packaging, Daily necessities, 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 and Applications and Appeals against Decisions and Inter-parties Appeals (Invalidation Appeals, Judgments, etc.) in this field

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 Examinations, Appeals, and Judicial cases

Nobuhiro
SAKIMA

photo:Nobuhiro SAKIMA

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

Yoshifumi
Tsurumoto

photo  :  Yoshifumi TSURUMOTO

position
Patent Attorney
expertise
Matters related to value assessment, strategic planning, contracts, disputes, and patent filings

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

Yoshitaka
FUKUDA

photo:Yoshitaka FUKUDA

position
Patent Attorney
expertise
Chemical and materials (organic compounds, UV curable resins 〈optical disks, optical fibers, various hard coating materials, UV inks, adhesives, nanoimprinting, 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 communications)

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-trapping devices

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 and related kits and apparatuses, microorganisms, etc.), organic chemistry (low-molecular organic synthesis, resistant materials, optical materials, optical films, etc.)

Kumiko
MOTOKI

photo:Kumiko MOTOKI

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

Eiji
HAYASHI

photo:Eiji HAYASHI

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

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, litigation, etc. in relation to office furniture, building components, commodities, etc.

Junya
KATO

photo:Junya KATO

position
Patent Attorney
expertise
Physics, Electric Engineering, and Control

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 (especially metallic materials), structure of vehicle tires, semiconductors, material processing, surface treatment, batteries, catalysts, and connectors.

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.

Masakazu
HIGUMA

photo:Masakazu HIGUMA

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

Taku
TAKEISHI

photo:Taku TAKEISHI

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

Ken-ichi
FUJINAKA

photo:Ken-ichi FUJINAKA

position
Patent Attorney
expertise
Printed circuit boards, circuit board inspection equipment, wastewater treatment equipment, batteries, biosensors, hot-blast stoves, cardboard boxes, etc.

Katsuro
MORIBAYASHI

photo:Katsuro MORIBAYASHI

position
Patent Attorney
expertise
Shafts/axes, pistons, pressure vessels, gear wheels, transmissions, packaging machines, containers, fibers, paper manufacturing, automatic controls, electrical enclosures, semiconductors, optical equipment, exposure apparatuses, nanophysics, electronic games, physical analysis, medical diagnosis, medical machines, organic EL, gaming machines, etc.

Hiroyasu
NUKUSHINA

photo:Hiroyasu NUKUSHINA

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

Noriyuki
MORIKAWA

photo:Ryo MORIKAWA

position
Patent Attorney
expertise
Main drug discovery research:Development of anti-cancer drugs, anti-inflammatory drugs, therapeuticagents for diabetes, and bone metabolism improving agents based on newmechanisms/Analysis and identification of the mechanisms of actions of newimmunosuppressant drugs/Search for new disease markers and drug target molecules using clinicalsamples

Masayuki
MUKAE

photo:Masayuki MUKAE

position
Patent Attorney
expertise
Organic and Polymeric Materials

Yuki
SUGATA

photo : Yuki SUGATA

position
Patent Attorney
expertise
Organic chemistry (in particular, polymeric products such as rubbercompositions, tires, golf balls, gaskets for syringes, rubber stoppers, and resins)

Hidefumi
YOSHIDA

photo:Hidefumi YOSHIDA

position
Patent Attorney
expertise
Dispute cases: Infringement litigations and license negotiations related to liquid crystal display modes.
Applications: Energy storage systems, refrigeration systems, device arrangement on semiconductor substrates, LED substrate structures, wireless power transmission systems, hook structures, medical forceps, liquid crystal display modes.

Sho
KASAHARA

photo:Sho KASAHARA

position
Patent Attorney
expertise
Software,IT(Camera, Display, Medical machinery, Business model, AI)

Sanji
MIYAGI

photo:Sanji MIYAGI

position
Patent Attorney
expertise
Storage systems, production planning systems, electrocardiographic devices, sterilization devices, automatic door systems, manufacturing methods for heat-generating plate materials, and antennasfor RFID

Toshio
TANIYAMA

photo:Toshio TANIYAMA

position
Patent Attorney
expertise
Examination and appeal procedures in the fields of measurement, business machines, and optical films

Soutaro
KITAHAMA

photo:Soutaro KITAHAMA

position
Patent Attorney
expertise
Machinery, and electronics

Hiroyuki
KIMURA

photo:Hiroyuki KIMURA

position
Patent Attorney
expertise
Chemical products (compositions for external preparations, powder for surface treatment); structures (cosmetics containers/tools, controlling devices for engines, etc.); daily necessities (outdoor products such as a tent, etc.)

Naoyoshi
TAKIGUCHI

photo:Naoyoshi TAKIGUCHI

position
Patent Attorney
expertise
Examinations, trial and appeal examinations with respect to plastic molding, organic chemistry, food products, and medical preparations

Yoshihiro
KIMURA

photo:Yoshihiro KIMURA

position
Patent Attorney
expertise
Conflict-related: Search, expert opinion Application-related: Liquid crystal displays, organic EL displays, lithium-ion batteries, electronic materials,and electrical appliances

Takahisa
HOSOI

photo:Takahisa HOSOI

position
Patent Attorney
expertise
Application-related: Organic chemistry
Search-related: Power supply and demand systems, power generation equipment

Masayuki
SAKAI

photo:Masayuki SAKAI

position
Patent Attorney
expertise
Drafting and prosecuting domestic and foreign applications, expert opinions, lawsuits against appeal/trial decisions, infringement lawsuits etc. in relation to electronic circuits, household electric appliances, software, etc.

Akihiro
OGINO

photo:Akihiro OGINO

position
Patent Attorney
expertise
Application-related: Inorganic materials (dielectrics, piezoelectrics, phosphors), batteries

Tomohiro
MIYAZAKI

photo:Tomohiro MIYAZAKI

position
Patent Attorney
expertise
Application-related: Plating, ceramics, carbon materials, phosphors, secondary batteries, and copperfoil

Shoji
TORINO

photo:Shoji TORNO

position
Patent Attorney
expertise
Electrophotographic technology in general (copier mechanisms and toner, photoreceptor materials,etc.), carbon nanotubes, motors, speakers, automotive electrical components, paints, road paints, and metal surface treatment

Nobuhiro
HIGUCHI

photo:Nobuhiro HIGUCHI

position
Patent Attorney
expertise
Organic EL displays (panels, circuits, compounds), optical films, ophthalmic lenses (intraocular lenses, contacts, eye glasses), semiconductor test (circuits, devices, probes), meters (electricity, gas, water work, and vehicle meters), lawsuits against appeal/trial decisions, infringement lawsuits, and invalidation appeals

Michiko
SHIGA

photo:Michiko SHIGA

position
Patent Attorney
expertise
Trademarks, Chinese trademarks, countermeasures against Chinese misappropriated applications, countermeasures against trademark infringement and copyright

Sunao
SATO

photo:Sunao SATO

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

Keiichi
YANAGAWA

photo:Keiichi YANAGAWA

position
Patent Attorney
expertise
Organic Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, and Industrial Chemistry