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SUGIMURA & Partners > Firm Profile
The firm: SUGIMURA & Partners is a leading intellectual property law firm in Japan. The firm was founded in 1923 initially as SUGIMURA International Patent & Trademark Attorneys, and has been relaunched as of 1 March 2017 as SUGIMURA & Partners, with enhancement of its legal services. SUGIMURA has earned a reputation for high quality and is repeatedly ranked among the top Japanese patent and trade mark firms. It has offices in Japan and the US, providing convenient IP services to both domestic and international clients.
Areas of practice: SUGIMURA represents Japanese and international clients in patent, design, and trade mark prosecution, trial and appeal proceedings before the JPO, counseling and opinion work, due diligence, unfair competition and litigation and dispute resolution matters in Japan. The firm’s clientele ranges from single inventors and start-ups, to well established academic institutions and multinational corporations from all sectors of the global economy.
SUGIMURA delivers results-oriented solutions and offers customised services tailored to clients’ needs. It ensures close collaboration among its practice groups in order to provide clients with comprehensive multidisciplinary patent and trade mark protection across industry sectors. SUGIMURA’s attorneys combine legal insight, technical expertise, and business acumen to deliver practical solutions and strategies for intellectual property protection in Japan.
SUGIMURA has earned an international reputation for quality in Japanese IP practice and is repeatedly ranked among top Japanese patent and trade mark law firms. Its patent and trade mark attorneys possess expertise in virtually every technology sector.
SUGIMURA’s attorneys are not only skilled in the nuances of intellectual property laws and regulations; they are also technical experts in virtually every industry. SUGIMURA’s attorneys have years of experience working in-house at major corporations as researchers, engineers, and IP professionals. SUGIMURA also has attorneys who have served for decades at the Japanese Patent Office (JPO). This combination of expertise allows it to understand the perspectives of corporations and patentees as well as the JPO, enabling it to deliver practical and effective solutions to further client’s business objectives.
In order to better serve its foreign clients, SUGIMURA established a regional office in Palo Alto, California, the heart of Silicon Valley. Having a US presence allows SUGIMURA to offer better accessibility covering a wider range of time zones for foreign clients. SUGIMURA’s Silicon Valley and Tokyo offices work together seamlessly to deliver tailored solutions and around-the-clock service.
SUGIMURA’s attorneys are active in their community, presenting on topics regarding Japanese IP practice at in-house client presentations, patent seminars, and law school classes. The firm also publishes articles on Japanese IP practice in magazines distributed around the world.
|Litigation and legal services||Koji Sugimura|
|Foreign filing||Tatsuya Sawada|
|Trial and appeal procedures||Tetsuo Tsukanaka|
|Patent prosecution||Kazuyuki Tomita|
|Trademarks and design prosecution||Ken Nakayama|
|Counseling and opinion work||Hayato Maeda|
|Due diligence||Takayoshi Kawai|
|Unfair competition||Ken Nakayama|
|Design prosecution||Yuko Muramatsu|
|Life sciences||Tetsuo Tsukanaka|
|Image processing and optics||Kenichi Shimoji|
|Communication technology||Akihito Okura|
|Industrial manufacturing||Yasuyuki Komatsu|
|Electrical and computer technology||Yamato Okano|
|Material science||Keisuke Kawahara|
|Mr Haruo Awano||Mr Awano is a director of Intellectual Property Operation. His practice encompasses…||View Profile|
|Ms Yuko Muramatsu||Ms Muramatsu is a head of trademarks and designs. Her practice encompasses…||View Profile|
|Mr Ken Nakayama||Mr Nakayama is the Director of Intellectual Property Operations. He is a…||View Profile|
|Mr Koji Sugimura||Koji Sugimura is one of the managing partners of SUGIMURA & Partners.…||View Profile|
|Mr Kenji Sugimura||Mr Sugimura is a Managing Partner of the firm. As an experienced…||View Profile|
|Mr Kazuyuki Tomita||Mr. Tomita is one of SUGIMURA’s Executive Directors, overseeing the Patent Prosecution…||View Profile|
Staff FiguresPatent Attorney / Attorney at law : 1 Patent Attorneys : 65 UK/EP Patent Attorney : 1 Japanese Patent Attorney/U.S. Patent Agent : 1 U.S. Patent Attorney : 1 U.S. Attorneys : 2 U.S. Patent Agent : 1
LanguagesEnglish German Japanese Mandarin
MembershipsJapan Patent Attorneys Association (JPAA) Japan Intellectual Property Association (JIPA) Associaion Internationale pour la Protections de la Propri?t? Intellectuelle (AIPPI) Asian Patent Attorneys Association (APAA) F?d?ration Internationale de Conseils en Propri?t? Industrielle (FICPI) International Trademark Association (INTA)
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INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY- INDEPENDENT LOCAL FIRMS
Since its inception in 1923, SUGIMURA & Partners has been dedicated to the IP protection needs of our clients, through which we have built a reputation for excellence within the IP field. In particular, SUGIMURA strives to offer a full spectrum of high-quality IP legal services to meet the diverse needs of our domestic and overseas clients.
(1) One-Stop IP Services
As of March 1, 2017, our firm was re-launched as SUGIMURA & Partners to reflect our new capability for handling contentious work, such as patent and trademark infringement actions. By working together with SUGIMURA’s prosecution division, the newly formed legal division creates a synergy that enables us to offer a “one-stop IP service” to a diverse range of clients, both domestic and overseas.
This expansion reflects our commitment to rise to the legal and technological challenges presented by the Fourth Industrial Revolution. With Koji Sugimura at the helm of our legal practice and Kenji Sugimura at the helm of our prosecution practice, we have the capability to meet to these challenges by offering truly innovative, comprehensive and integrated IP and legal services, focused clearly on meeting the evolving needs of our clients.
(2) Commercial Focus
SUGIMURA’s attorneys have years of experience working in-house at major corporations as researchers, engineers, and IP professionals. We also have attorneys who have served for decades at the Japan Patent Office (JPO) and in the IP High Court. This combination of expertise allows us to understand the perspectives of corporations and patentees as well as the JPO and the Japanese courts, ensuring that we can deliver practical and effective solutions to further the business objectives of a diverse range of clients.
(3) International Expertise
SUGIMURA’s attorneys have extensive experience in providing clients with legal advice on foreign intellectual property matters. We regularly consult on important differences between foreign intellectual property law and practice, and Japanese intellectual property law and practice. SUGIMURA attorneys are able to prepare specifications that are drafted with consideration of the specific requirements necessary to secure protection in overseas countries at the time of filing in Japan. This skill ensures that our clients can secure strong patent rights not only in Japan but also overseas.
(4) Trademark and Design Expertise
In addition to its comprehensive patent services, SUGIMURA has a strong presence in the trademark and design field.
Our trademark and design team handle prosecution and litigation cases for our domestic and international clients, and work closely together with the attorneys in our legal division to provide strategic advice to our clients. To ensure confidentiality and quality, all drawings necessary for the application process are drafted by our in-house drafting team.
(5) In-House Docketing Solution
We have developed an in-house docketing solution that meets the needs of both our firm and our clients for tailored workflow solutions at lower cost, whilst maintaining absolute data security and robust deadline management. In addition to management of critical data, such as due dates, family information and case documents, our system provides customisable workflows that facilitate close internal collaboration between all members of SUGIMURA (attorneys, technical experts, support staff), and also efficient communication with our clients. The system remains under continuous development to ensure that it meets the evolving needs of SUGIMURA as a modern patent law firm.
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