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Nakamura & Partners
At Nakamura & Partners, Takaki Nishijima spearheads the electrical and IT team, Takeshi Deshimaru leads the mechanical and design practice, and Kazuo Yamasaki manages the chemical and biotechnology group. The bengoshi and benrishi (patent attorneys) handle applications, appeals and trials before the Japan Patent Office (JPO) and foreign agencies. Representing Sony in a patent infringement claim brought by a well-known patent troll was a highlight. Other key managing partners include trade mark and unfair competition expert Hiroyuki Itaki, Shinichiro Tanaka and Koichi Tsujii. Yoshio Kumakura and Kei Iida are also recommended alongside newly promoted partners Yuriko Sagara, Shoichi Satake and Naoki Okumura.
Koichi Tsujii - Nakamura & Partners
Yoshio Kumakura - Nakamura & Partners