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Japan: Intellectual property
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Nakamura & Partners
Boutique firm Nakamura & Partners has a large team of patent attorneys (benrishi) and lawyers with sectoral expertise in electronics, mechanics and chemicals. The firm has strength in applications, appeals and trials before both the Japan Patent Office (JPO) and overseas patent offices. The esteemed Yoshio Kumakura advised Calpis on obtaining a revocation of the JPO’s decision to reject the client’s patent application in a case, which reached Tokyo’s Intellectual Property High Court. On the non-patent side, Shinichiro Tanaka, Koichi Tsujii and Kazuhiko Yoshida are authorities on maintaining and acquiring IP rights, and Hiroyuki Itaki stands out for trade mark work.
Koichi Tsujii - Nakamura & Partners
Shinichiro Tanaka - Nakamura & Partners
Yoshio Kumakura - Nakamura & Partners