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Nakamura & Partners’ ‘excellent’ team is experienced in the enforcement of intellectual property rights, as well as in application procedures for patents, design and trade mark registrations, and procedures before the Japan Patent Office (JPO) and other bodies. The practice assisted EMAX Tokyo with an appeal to the Supreme Court related to an injunction under the Unfair Competition Prevention Act and successfully defended the telecoms operator KDDI in a case seeking ¥4.12m in damages for patent infringement. Yoshio Kumakura and Koichi Tsujii are recommended.

The sizable team at TMI Associates handles the full spectrum of contentious and non-contentious IP-related work, including patent, design and trade mark rights, protection of know-how and trade secrets, copyright, and prevention of unfair competition. Work highlights included the successful defence of Nihon EVE and Cremovision from claims for compensatory damages based on alleged patent infringement. Mitsuko Miyagawa is a name to note.

The ‘unbelievably fast and efficient’ group at Anderson Mori & Tomotsune acts for clients such as Toyota, Muratec and Dunlop, and handles patent litigation, IP licensing and transactions, as well as in the filing of patents, designs and trade marks. The ‘excellent’ Yoshikazu Iwase, Yasufumi Shiroyama and Akihito Nakamachi are recommended. Wataru Shimizu, Masahiro Moriyama and Yun Li joined the practice from Ohno & Partners.

Kubota is active in patent litigation, trade mark prosecution and enforcement, and corporate-related matters. The practice has been advising AbbVie on the defence of a patent that covers the drug Humira from an invalidation action; it has also been handling cross-border patent infringement litigation for Sony initiated by Fujifilm regarding a data storage tape for computers. Practice head Eiichiro Kubota is ‘excellent’.

Headed by Yutaka Miyoshi, the team at Mori Hamada & Matsumoto focuses on IP portfolio management, domestic and cross-border IP litigation, IP-related transactions and trade mark prosecutions. Clients include leading Japanese and international companies in sectors such as pharmaceuticals and life sciences, automobiles and parts, telecoms and consumer product manufacturing. Atsushi Okada and Takuya Iizuka defended Hospira Japan in patent infringement litigation initiated by Debiopharm seeking an injunction against generic anti-cancer drugs. Former chief judge of the Intellectual Property High Court Ryuichi Shitara joined the practice as special counsel.

Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu handles matters related to patent work, unfair competition, copyright and trade mark and design protection. The practice successfully acted for Japanese chemical engineering and manufacturing company Nichia against Tachibana Eletech in an unfair competition matter. Other clients include Alcon Research and Yamaha. Former judge at the Intellectual Property High Court Ryoichi Mimura is recommended.

With extensive experience in IP infringement matters, Abe, Ikubo & Katayama successfully represented Kowa before the Intellectual Property High Court in an infringement appeal and assisted Boheringer Ingelheim with nullity proceedings against a patent covering Boheringer’s widely sold high blood pressure drug. Apple, Novartis and Eli Lilly are other key clients. Practice head Hiroshi Kobayashi has ‘a lot of experience handling patent prosecutions’.

Atsumi & Sakai advises Japanese and multinational companies on trade mark registrations, license agreements, protection of IP rights and patent infringements. The practice is headed by Chie Kasahara.

Osaka-based Shusaku Yamamoto Patent Law Offices handles contentious and non-contentious IP and licensing work. The practice successfully patented a treatment for Zika virus and registered the mark ‘Maradona’ as a Japanese trade mark for Argentinian football legend Diego Armando Maradona. Shusaku Yamamoto and Kensaku Yamamoto are the two main contacts.

The ‘always friendly, trustworthy and reliable’ team at Sonderhoff & Einsel Law and Patent Office is singled out for its ‘very short response times, profound knowledge and top support’. Headed by Felix-Reinhard Einsel, the practice handles a range of patent, trade mark and design matters.

Sugimura & Partners advises clients on patent, design, and trade mark prosecution and strategy, proceedings before the JPO, infringement, and unfair competition matters. The firm has recently added a litigation team, well-equipped to handle contentious IP matters. Practice head Kenji Sugimura is a strong choice for patent prosecution.

The ‘very reliable’ team at Hiroe & Associatesprovides prompt and accurate advice’ on patent, design, trade mark and copyright matters, such as filings, prosecutions, litigation, enforcement and licensing. Recent work highlights include successful registration of patent applications and appeals against decisions of refusal. Practice head Masanori Hiroehas deep experience and sets the high standard of service quality for the firm’.

Nishimura & Asahi’s client portfolio includes Canon, Dentsu, The Asahi Shimbun, Molson Coors Canada, Stussy and Japan Radio; the practice successfully defended the latter in patent infringement litigation. Hiroshi Suga and Yoshiyuki Miyashita are key contacts.

STW & Partners is active in patent litigation. Wataru Sueyoshi is recommended.

Yuasa and Hara is specialised in prevention and resolution of disputes related to patents, utility models, trade marks, designs, copyright and unfair competition. Toshiaki Makino is the main contact.

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