MEMBERS

Jun Makino, Patent Attorney
  Jun Makino is a representative partner of the firm, and represents several large multinational companies in Japanese patent prosecution matters, invalidation trials and suits against trial decisions, encompassing a wide variety of technologies. Mr. Makino is knowledgeable on patent systems abroad and is able to provide clients with perspectives on the Japanese patent practice in comparison with the U.S. and European systems.

  Expertise
    Mechanical Engineering; Material Science;

  Education
    M.S. Department Mechanical and Electronic Engineering, Tohoku University

  Prior Experience
    NGB Corporation, Patent Department (2003-2009)


Hideyuki Isobe, Patent Attorney
  Hideyuki Isobe, a partner of the firm, represents prosecution matters, and invalidation trials for several multinational clients. He specializes in machine engineering, automation control and sensing technologies, and health and entertainment appliances. Mr. Isobe became knowledgeable on patent systems abroad during his career in NGB Corporation.

  Expertise
    Mechanical Engineering; Electric Engineering;
    Trademark Applications;
    Design Applications;

  Education
    M.S. Graduate School of Information Sciences, Tohoku University

  Prior Experience
    NGB Corporation (2004-2011)


Chihiro Hayashi, Patent Attorney
  Chihiro Hayashi represents and is working with a number of multinational clients in a wide variety of technologies. She specializes in electric and electronic engineering. Her prosecution practice focuses on writing and prosecuting in the area of electronic devices, semiconductor devices, industrial machines, and car components. She is also knowledgeable about design patents and is in charge of design applications in the firm.

  Expertise
    Electric and Electronic Engineering, Semiconductor Devices;
    Design Applications;
    Trademark Applications;

  Education
    B.S. Department of Electrical Engineering, Tokyo University of Science;
    B.A. Department of Hispanic Studies, Sophia University

  Prior Experience
    NGB Corporation (2004-2011)
    DISCO Corporation, Sales Engineer (2001-2003)


Mitsuhiro Tsuchiya, Patent Attorney
  Mitsuhiro Tsuchiya has a considerable experience in preparing and prosecuting patent applications both in Japan and foreign countries. He specializes in electric and electronic engineering. His prosecution practice focuses on writing and prosecuting in the area of optical technologies, printing technologies, medical equipments, and electronic devices. He has 13-year-experience in the handling of foreign prosecution matters during his career in NGB Corporation, where he served as a manager of foreign patent prosecution group. He is also knowledgeable about translation technique between English and Japanese languages, which enables him to interpret the Japanese examiners' perspective for our international clients at a highest level.

  Expertise
    Electronic Control Engineering; Optics

  Education
    M.S. Department of Imaging Science, Chiba University

  Prior Experience
    NGB Corporation, Patent Department (1997-2010)


Tomoyuki Serizawa, Patent Attorney
  Tomoyuki Serizawa specializes in electric and electronic engineering. Before joining the firm, he has worked for NGB Corporation for eight years, where he has handled numerous patent applications in a variety of complex technologies, including semiconductor technologies, laser device, MEMS, and optical communication, and a variety of mechanical devices, including vehicle headlamps, and bearing. Additionally, Mr. Serizawa has significant experience in revising Japanese oriented specifications and claims for clarity and conformance with foreign patent practice, including drafting new claims in English language in order to enhance the scope of protection.

  Expertise
    Semiconductor technologies, Laser device, MEMS, optical communication, information processing.

  Education
    M.S. Graduate School of Science and Engineering Department, Tokyo Institute of Technology

  Prior Experience
    NGB Corporation, Patent Department (2006-2014)


Kazue Oikawa, Patent Attorney
  Kazue Oikawa has a wide variety of experiences in the fields of both patent and trademark. She specializes in electric and electronic engineering. Her prosecution practice focuses on writing and prosecuting in the area of electronic devices, optical devices and industrial machines. She also has an experience of working for Industrial Property Cooperation Center (IPCC), which is one of the JPOfs registered search organizations, where she helped JPO examiners regarding prior art searches. Prior to IPCC, she worked for Ricoh, where she focused on acquisition and management of IP portfolio for the company. She has also considerable knowledge about trademark applications through her experience of working for a large patent law firm in Tokyo.

  Expertise
    Electric and Electronic Engineering, Optical Devices, Semiconductor Devices, Trademarks, Patent Searches.

  Education
    B.S. Department of Electrical Engineering, Tokyo University of Science;B.A. Department of German Studies, Reitaku University

  Prior Experience
    Private Patent Law Firms (1993-2004)
    Ricoh Company, Ltd. Intellectual Property Department (2004-2011)
    Industrial Property Cooperation Center (2012-2016)


Yuta Negishi, Patent Attorney
  Yuta Negishi specializes chemical, bio and pharmaceutical technologies. His practice involves patent preparation and prosecution, and preparation of opinions. Mr. Negishi has considerable knowledge on organic and inorganic chemicals, instrumental analytical chemistry and interface science. He has a specific experience working in the industry, where he was involved in researches on preparation of micell and emulsion composites and on evaluation of effects of composites to biological interface. He majored molecular chemistry and has experiences in researching and developing dye sensitized solar cells and organic synthesis.

  Expertise
    Material Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Physical Chemistry, Biochemistry, Instrumental Analytical Chemistry, Interface Science, Inorganic Chemistry, Polymer Chemistry, Chemical Products, Surfactants, Toothpastes, Toothbrushes, Detergents, Cosmetics, Pharmaceuticals, Adhesive Material, Solar Cells, Electrode Material.

  Education
    M.E. School of Fundamental Science and Technology, Graduated School of Science and Technology, Keio University

  Prior Experience
    LION Corporation (2014-2015)


Kumiko Kawai, Patent Attorney
  Kumiko Kawai has a considerable experience in preparing and prosecuting patent applications. She specializes in electric and electronic engineering. Her prosecution practice focuses on writing and prosecuting in the area of electronic devices, semiconductor devices, industrial machines, and car components. She also has considerable knowledge and experiences in preparing and prosecuting design applications for a number of multinational clients.

  Expertise
    Electric and Electronic Engineering, Semiconductor Devices, Design Applications.

  Education
    B.S. Department of Electrical Engineering, Keio University

  Prior Experience
    NGB Corporation, Patent Department (1998-2016)


Hidetsugu KANAYAMA, Patent Attorney
  Hidetsugu Kanayama specializes trademark application and prosecutions. Before joining the firm, he worked for NGB Corporation, where he handled a considerable number of foreign trademark applications and clearance searches for Japanese clients. In addition to his experience on trademark, Mr. Kanayama is also active in the field of patents and designs in Shin-Ei. His prosecution practice focuses on writing and prosecuting in the area of consumer and industrial machines.

  Expertise
    Trademark Application and Prosecution, Trademark Search, Design Application, Patent Application and Prosecution (Mechanical Area)

  Education
    B.A. Faculty of Law, Kyushu University

  Prior Experience
    NGB Corporation, Trademark Department (2012-2017)


Satoko Kimura, Patent Attorney
  Satoko Kimura, of counsel, has a considerable knowledge and exprience in preparing and prosecuting patent applications in the area of the chemical, pharmaceutical, and biological technologies. Her technical expertise includes organic and inorganic chemicals, cosmetics, coating compositions, petroleum resin and instrumental analytical chemistry and surface chemistry. Ms. Kimura has specific prior experiences in researching and developing coating and cosmetic chemicals and emulsion technologies. She is qualified to represent parties in Court in IP infringement litigation. Beside her practices, Ms. Kimura actively serves as a volunteer adviser for private inventors in the Japan Patent Attorneys Association (JPAA).

  Expertise
    Material Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Instrumental Analytical Chemistry, Surface Chemistry, Biogenetics, Inorgranic Chemistry, Polymers, Petroleum Resin, Coating Materials, Adhesive Material, Cosmetics, Pharmaceutical.

  Education
    M.S. Department of Textile Science, Kyoto Institute of Technology

  Prior Experience
    Toyo Ink Group Company, Research Engineer (1993-1995)
    Ethylene Chemical Corporation, Research Engineer (1996-2001)
    Private Patent Law Firms (2005-2012)


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