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Mitsuo OKANO


Mitsuo OKANO


A greatly respected Partner, entered our firm in 1990 and from that time to this December 2015 he has been a great asset, while being previously an Appeal Examiner at the Japan Patent Office for more than 16 years, and has continued to work in the IP design related fields for almost 40 years, we are generously sad to be saying good bye to Mr. Okano ... our brother and friend!

BA in Commercial Design, Musashino Art University
Professional career
・Examiner, Patent and Design Examination Department (Physics, Optics, Social Infrastructure and Design) (examined consumer equipment) and Patent Examination Department (Chemistry, Life Science and Material Science) (examined patent applied equipment), Japan Patent Office
・Appeal Examiner, Trial and Appeal Department (examined appealed consumer equipment designs), Japan Patent Office
・Asamura Patent Office
・Okano consultant office of design registration
Examinations passed
Registration for Patent Attorney:
January 1990
Registration Number of Patent Attorney:
Japanese, English
Specialty Fields
Domestic and overseas design rights acquisition and maintenance, strategy advice for applications that use related designs and partial designs, advice for domestic and overseas design right examinations and advice on design creation trends based on design rights examinations, other types of general design consulting
Major seminars
JPAA practical training lecturer (covering designs, examination correspondence, and practice (judgment of similarity)), 2012 - 2015
Member of the Design Committee, The Japan Patent Attorneys Association (JPAA), 1990 - 2012
Patent Attorneys Examination Board Member (Oral Examination on Designs), 1995 - 1996
Fishing (Sea: Kamoi lure based Tai fishing, Freshwater: Sweetfish fishing using fly lures)
In addition to providing sound assistance to clients regarding various applications and design right usage, I am here to answer questions for design creators as much as I can regarding issues such as creation intention and the creative process.
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