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Patent Attorney list

Patent Attorney

Yoshiteru Mizumoto
Patent Attorney
Director of Mechanical and Electrical Department

Patent Attorney since: 2005
Yoshiteru Mizumoto is a fully qualified patent attorney and Director of the Mechanical and Electrical Department, with more than 15 years’ experience in the profession. His practice involves domestic and overseas patent prosecution, Office actions, appeals and litigation.
In addition to patent prosecution, Yoshiteru advises on appraisals to determine whether products infringe patents and occasionally teams up with Asamura lawyers to handle invalidation trials.
Yoshiteru has been involved in revising examinations for patent applications serving as a Chairman of the Second and Fifth Patent Committees.

Key Areas of Expertise
General machinery, Measuring devices, Coordinate measuring machines, Packaging containers, engines, actuators, machine tools, stents, hospital waste processing devices, fluid separation devices, degasifiers, radiation therapy equipment, implants, rackets, transfer valves, cardboard, cultivation beds, packaging bands, etc.

Qualifications
FAA Airplane Single- and Multi-Engine Land
Single-engine aircraft takeoff
Airworthiness Division of Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism

Multi-Engine Landing
Airworthiness Division of Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism
EIKEN Test in Practical English Proficiency (Grade Pre-1)

Publications
“Intellectual Property These Days, 9: Misappropriate Submissions for Patents in China” FB Lecture Series, Senken Shimbun, 23 July 2013“

Yoichi Inoue
Patent Attorney
Director of Chemical Department

Patent Attorney since: 2002
Yoichi Inoue is a Director of Chemical Department and an experienced patent attorney who specializes in biology, agricultural chemicals, medical treatment, and medicine.
Prior to joining Asamura, Yoichi was involved in the research and development of new pesticides at a biological research laboratory. Fluent in English, he has visited numerous patent firms in the US and Europe and represented Asamura Patent Office at various IP summits. He was also an interpreter for the seminar on European patents sponsored by the Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan. Yoichi is currently mastering Chinese to strengthen the relationship between Asamura and Chinese IP firms.

Qualifications

United Nations Associations Test of English, Special A class

Kazutaka Otsuka
Patent Attorney
Director of Trademark and Design

Patent Attorney since: 2004
Supplementary Note of Specific Infringement Lawsuit Counsel: 2009
Kazutaka Otsuka is an experienced patent attorney and a Lawsuit Counsel who focuses his practice on domestic and international trademark and design prosecution. He incorporates global policies for intellectual property protection in his daily work related to IP rights acquisition and client counseling.
As a member of a patent attorney group, Mr. Otsuka was involved in the management of the Intellectual Property Foreign Training Department for four years, starting in 2006. In 2011 and 2012, he was a member of the Trademark Committee, a special committee of the Japan Patent Attorneys Association (JPAA). In the Japan Trademark Association, an association made up of corporate intellectual property professionals and lawyers, he is a member of the judicial decision research group and has been involved in the management of the group since 2012.
At law school, Kazutaka was a member of the Corporate Law seminar, where he immersed himself in a study of corporate law, particularly intellectual property rights law and product liability law.

Key Areas of Expertise
Examinations, consultations, and procedural support for trademark and design rights acquisition (foreign and domestic), dispute support, legal advice, consultations and other types of support for license transfer agreements, negotiations, unfair competition, and copyrights

Seminars
Introductory Seminar for Overseas Trademark Applications, Japan Institute of Invention and Innovation
Points to Note For Working on Foreign Trademarks that Differ from Japanese Trademarks, Asamura Patent Office 120th Anniversary Seminar
Basic Work for Trademarks Related to International Registration Systems Based on the Madrid Agreement, Japan Patent Attorneys Association Ongoing Training
Trademark Strategies for Building a Service Brand, Samurai Incubate, Inc.,

Publications
“Look and Learn! Introduction to Foreign Patent Applications” Japan Institute of Invention and Innovation, 2010
“Trademark Law Practice Seen From the Latest Rulings II” Seirin Shoin, 2012

Yukihiro Ikeda
Patent Attorney
Director of Patent Administration Department

Patent Attorney since: 1992
Yukihiro Ikeda is a Director of Patent Administration Department who focuses his practice on domestic and international patent applications (PCT), appraisals, and invalidation trials.
Prior to joining Asamura, he was involved in the research project run by the former Ministry of International Trade and Industry on conducting polymer materials. During this project, he researched materials such as polyacetylene, polythiazyl, and polyacene and performed physical properties evaluations, for which he also received patents in Japan and the US.
At the university, he examined structural determination methods as alternatives to X-ray crystallographic analysis. His undergraduate research was on finding the most stable position of a clathrate compound comprised of paracyclophane (host molecule) and an aromatic series guest molecule.

Key Areas of Expertise
Pharmaceuticals, including pharmaceutical compositions, formulations, dosage forms, and natural medicine
Immunizations, Microbes, Biogenetic materials, Protein engineering materials, food (sweets), fat, Functional high polymers and resins, Organic and inorganic materials capable of controlling electron functionality, Organic EL materials, Electrode materials, Lubricant agents, Lubricant oils, paints, pigments, compacts, zeolite, hydrogel, cellulose, composite materials, transition metal oxides, Compound semiconductors, catalytic agents, thin films, micro – particles, crystals

Qualifications
Pharmacist

Publications
Chem. Soc., Chem. Commun., 1518 (1983); Synthetic Metals, 21, 235 (1987); J. Polymer Sci.: Polymer Letters Ed., 21, 989

Yasuaki Yamaguchi
Patent Attorney
Director of IP Consulting Department

Patent Attorney since: 1990
Yasuaki Yamaguchi is a Director of IP Consulting Department who works with a wide range of clients, from venture corporations to government departments and NPOs. He focuses his practice on domestic and international patent, utility models and design prosecution. He also has a considerable experience in trademark rights, searches, appraisals, invalidations trials, license and unfair competition.
Yasuaki is an active member of the case study club, where he analyzes the most recent cases and shares his knowledge with colleagues and clients.

Industry:
Amusements, including arcade games, play equipment, and portable game devices
Business models, Brokerage, Life insurance companies, Networking, Home facilities, including sanitary ware, bidets, unit baths, and system kitchens, Quake-absorbing structures, Image processing, ETC, Road facility management for traffic signals and traffic signs, Injection molding, Screen printing, Fuel batteries (SOFC), Designs for electrical tools, small-sized heaters, home facilities, fans for air conditioning, semiconductor manufacturing equipment, test devices, routers, and modems

Major seminars
Life Sciences Intellectual Patent Investigations, Overseas Systems, etc., the Kanto Bureau of Economy, Trade and Industry, 2006
Industrial Design Promotion Seminar, the Intellectual Property for SME Venture Corporations, 2008
Copyright, the Japan Patent Attorneys Association, Kanto Branch Office Intellectual Property Seminar, 2010
Copyright, Fujisawa City Citizens’ Activity Promotion Center, Fujisawa NPO Café, 2011
Copyright, Yokohama City Kanazawa Ward Citizens’ Activity Center, 2012

Publications
“Copyright of the Animated Cartoon”
“Registration Systems for Copyrights in Foreign Countries”
Patent column in the magazine Invention and Q&A, issued by the Japan Institute of Invention and Innovation (JIII)
“Defeat the Competitor! Really Strong Patent Practice: Correspondence of Dispute, Know-hows of the Patent Strategy Development, and Case Studies” JOHOKIKO Co., Ltd., May 2016

Takayuki Hatanaka
Patent Attorney
Senior Partner, Mechanical and Electrical Department

Patent Attorney since: 2005
Takayuki Hatanaka’s practice covers domestic and international patent prosecution, invalidation trials, litigation rescinding a trial decision, infringement appraisals, searches, and infringement litigation. In addition, he is also involved in developing intellectual property strategy for small, medium-sized and large enterprises in a wide range of fields such as home electronics, ECAD, MCAD, acoustic simulation technology, handwriting recognition technology, semiconductor technology, automotive technology, lures, eyeglasses, chains, and even toys and novelty products.
Prior to joining Asamura, Takayuki gained more than 10 years of experience handling patent prosecution, drafting warning letters, and appraisals for a major overseas computer company. He also gained considerable experience working for NCR Japan, Ltd. where he was in charge of developing and designing control devices, semiconductor products, single chip microprocessor units for wireless applications, and application-specific integrated circuit (AISIC).

Professional career
・Leader, Technology Development Department, NCR Co., Ltd.
(development and design of printer control devices, the analysis of semiconductor products from other companies, development of single chip microprocessor units for wireless applications, and ASIC design)
・Patent Section Head of a patent office

Key Areas of Expertise
Electronic engineering, information processing, software, semiconductor engineering, wireless and wired communication technologies, sensors, electronics, consumer electronics, ECAD, MCAD, acoustic simulation, handwriting recognition technology, semiconductor technology, automobiles, lures, eyeglasses, chains, toys, novelty items, etc.

Katsunori Shirae
Patent Attorney
Senior Partner, Mechanical and Electrical Department

Patent Attorney since: 2002
Katsunori Shirae is a patent attorney who focuses his practice on domestic and international patent prosecution, trials and appraisals in the fields of metallurgy and mechanical engineering.
Prior to joining Asamura, Katsunori was involved in research development of stainless steel fabrication, corrosion and surface treatments, sintered materials, thermal spray materials, cladding materials, and similar processes and materials.

Key Areas of Expertise
Metal, Machinery, Stainless steel secondary processing, Corrosion and surface processing, Sintered materials, Thermal sprays, Cladding materials

Qualifications
Supplementary Note of Specific Infringement Lawsuit Counsel since: 2006
Normal License (Science) for High School Teaching, (Grade 1)
Hazardous Materials Engineer, Class A

Akihiro Iwami
Patent Attorney
Partner, Mechanical and Electrical Department

Patent Attorney since:2006
Akihiro Iwami is a patent attorney working in the Mechanical & Electrical Department of Asamura Patent Office, p.c. He has garnered over ten years of experience since joining the firm in 2002, covering almost all facets of patent application work (domestic patent applications, patent applications from abroad, and patent applications for foreign countries) in the mechanical and electrical field, including IT, communications engineering, and semiconductor engineering.
Mr. Iwami also has a wide variety of intellectual property-related experience, including trials, litigation rescinding trial decisions, infringement litigation, and prior art examinations/appraisals.
He now works mostly with small to medium-sized IT companies and venture startups, providing advice about intellectual property, patents, copyrights, and so on, and giving presentations on intellectual property practices.
At Asamura Patent Office, he serves as a member of the Expansion Management Meeting, which examines and supports in-house business objectives, the Website Editorial Committee, which creates the website content, the Form Committee, which manages in-house documents, and the In-house Case Study Group, which coordinates business and writes notices on judicial decisions.
At the Department of Applied Electronics, Tokyo University of Science, Mr. Iwami studied electronic engineering, mechanical engineering, and information engineering, and his graduation work focused on the development of a blue light-emitting device using ZnS + Sb2Te3. He is currently studying information systems architecture at the Advanced Institute of Industrial Technology.
At Japan Radio Co., Ltd., Mr. Iwami was involved in the development, design, repair, and production management of hardware and software for maritime satellite communication equipment (INMARSAT) and its peripheral equipment.
With experience in product development at an overseas company, he has also been granted First-Class Technical Radio Operator for On-The-Ground Services and Analog and Digital Installation Technician, and evaluated prototype equipment.
As a committee member of the JPAA Kanto Branch (2013 – Present), he is involved in promoting and supporting intellectual property in the Tokyo area by providing free consultation meetings and networking among lawyers). In addition, he serves as a counselor at the Free Patent Consultation Office on Patent Issues and the Permanent Counsel Office on copyrights issues at the JPAA Kanto Branch, and provides regionally-sponsored free consultation meetings where he covers everything from general patent information to intellectual property work related to patents, designs, trademarks, copyrights, and similar areas.

Professonal Carieers
Japan Radio Co., Ltd., April 1994 – March 2002

Key Areas of Expertise
Communications engineering, semiconductor engineering, control engineering, software related inventions, satellite communications equipment for maritime use (INMARSAT), INMARSAT peripheral hardware and software, radios for maritime use, etc.

Qualifications
Analog and Digital Installation Technician, 1998
First-Class Technical Radio Operator for On-The-Ground Services and Construction Leader license, 2000
First Grade Certified Specialist for IP Management (Patents), 2008

Major seminars
(1) Lecturer for Seminar by the Software Committee of JPAA: “Preparation of Specification and Response to Office Action in Computer-Software Related Invention Cases” (Fukuoka & Sapporo in 2010)
(2) Lecturer for Seminar by the Software Committee of JPAA: “Tips for Claim Drafting for Computer Related Inventions” (Fukuoka in 2011)
(3) Lecturer, Intellectual Property Seminar 2013: “Trademark Entertainment Seminar: Trademark Registration Application for a Tonkatsu Burger” (Tokyo in November 2013)

Publications
“Intellectual Property Compass” columns in the magazine Invention, issued by Japan Institute of Invention and Innovation (JIII) (joint-author), (August 2009 and March 2010 issues)
“Point to Consider when Writing Patent Claims for Computer Software Inventions.” Patent, issued by the Japan Patent Attorneys Association (joint-author), (April 2011 issue)
“Patent” column in the magazine Invention and Q&A, issued by Japan Institute of Invention and Innovation (JIII), (May 2011 issue)

Hiroyuki Hashimoto
Patent Attorney
Partner, Mechanical and Electrical Department

Patent Attorney since:2008
Hiroyuki Hashimoto has covered almost all facets of patent application work (domestic patent applications, patent applications from abroad, and patent applications for foreign countries) in the mechanical and electrical fields. He also has a wide range of experience in intellectual property matters, including trials, and prior art examinations/appraisals.
While studying for his undergraduate and graduate degrees in Industrial Mechanical Engineering at the University of Tokyo, he focused on mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, and information engineering. His graduation work focused on the development of ultra-precise micro-processing technology for metals and other materials.
At Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd., Mr. Hashimoto worked on the development and design of power plant equipment and turbines, and was also responsible for a number of overseas business matters.

Professional career
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd., 1997 – 2008

Key Areas of Expertise
Mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, information engineering, material processing machinery, production/assembly machinery, general machinery, thermal engines, metal materials, industrial plants, medical devices, livingware, turbines, bearings, electric power facilities, etc.

Publications
“Intellectual Property Compass” column in the magazine Invention, issued by Japan Institute of Invention and Innovation (JIII) (part-author), (December 2009)
“Patent” column in the magazine Invention and Q&A, issued by Japan Institute of Invention and Innovation (JIII) (part-author), (June 2011)

Yuko Tanaka
Patent Attorney
Mechanical and Electrical Department

Patent Attorney since:2014
Yuko Tanaka is an experienced patent attorney who practices patent law, including domestic and international patent prosecution related to mechanical and electrical fields. In addition to patent prosecution, she focuses her practice on strategic counseling in developing countries and offers support for small to medium sized businesses and venture companies. Yuko constantly engages with new intellectual property trends in Asia and brings her wide range of technical expertise to the IP practice and research.
Prior to joining Asamura, Yuko studied IT based media technology and was one of the first to graduate from the new established faculty. At the lab, she focused on research related to image processing, man machine interfaces, computer vision, particularly an eye gaze input interface, and a gesture recognition based three-dimensional input interface.

Key Areas of Expertise
Image processing, signal processing, communications, semiconductors, measurement technology, control technology, medical devices, software, and business models

Seminars
Intellectual Property Mini Seminar at WIND EXPO 2014

Akira Kitagawa
Patent Attorney
Mechanical and Electrical Department

Patent Attorney since: 2009
Akira Kitagawa is a patent attorney who focuses his practice on domestic and international patent prosecution, infringement warnings, and litigation in the mechanical and electrical fields.
Prior to joining Asamura, he was involved in the development of power circuits for LSI circuits installed in engine control units. At Renesas Electronics Corporation and Hitachi, he gained further experience in the development of the successive – approximation type A/D converter installed in in-vehicle microcomputers and the development of an analog input/output designed for the A/D converter.

Professional career
Denso Corporation, April 1996 – December 2000
Hitachi Ltd., January 2001 – March 2003
Renesas Technology Corporation, April 2003 – March 2010
Renesas Electronics Corporation, April 2010 – October 2013

Key Areas of Expertise
Analog circuits, digital circuits, microcomputers, semiconductor memory, wired/wireless equipment interfaces, semiconductor process, semiconductor devices, semiconductor packages, electronic components for use in vehicles, etc.

Qualifications
Hazardous Materials Engineer, Class B Type 4

Hiroaki Kakinuma
Ph.D.
Mechanical and Electrical Department

Dr.Kakinuma has been involved with general patent application work (domestic patent applications, patent applications from abroad, and patent applications for foreign countries) in fields such as semiconductor equipment, devices, materials, optical devices, and magnetic devices.
In graduate school, Dr. Kakinuma researched super dielectric crystal growth and its properties. After joining Oki Electric Industry Co., Ltd., he worked in the company’s Research & Development Department, where he researched amorphous silicone electrophotographic photoreceptors, image sensors, thin-film transistors, GaAs, InP compound semiconductor crystal growth and ultrafast photodiodes, and applications to solar cells. He received his Doctorate in 1987. He is a member of the Japan Society of Applied Physics.
Dr. Kakinuma had an interest in complex systems (chaos, fractals, etc.) before, but now his interests are in elementary particles theory.

Professional career
Research & Development Department, Oki Electric Industry Co., Ltd.
Research & Development Association for Future Electron Devices
Learning Business Group, Oki Human Network Co., Ltd

Key Areas of Expertise
Crystal growth, thin films, inorganic materials, silicon/compound semiconductor device (transistor, photodiode, and laser) structures and processes, quantum-effect devices, spin applied devices, superconducting devices, nanotechnology (materials, structures, and devices), sensors, magnetic devices and memories, displays (LCDs, ELDs, and electronic paper), solar cells, fuel cells, lithium-ion cells, electrophotography, vacuum and plasma devices, optical devices, devices using lasers, electron beams, or ion beams, and devices for physics and chemical analysis

Katsuhiko Shimomura Patent Attorney
Senior Partner, Chemical Department

Patent Attorney since: 1998
Katsuhiko Shimomura principally handles domestic and overseas patent prosecution, appraisals and offers strategic counseling to a wide range of clients. He has over 10 years of corporate intellectual property experience and over 7 years of experience as an inventor.
Prior to joining Asamura, he served as a trainee at the US patent firm in Alexandria, Virginia and passed the US Patent Bar Exam in 2003. He also gained substantial experience in strategy planning and intellectual property management at the IP Department of a chemical manufacturing company.

Professional career
Involved with research and development of optical devices, intellectual property strategy, and management at a general chemical manufacturer
Trainee at a U.S. patent firm (2002-2004, passed the US Patent Bar Exam in 2003 (recognition expired))

Key Areas of Expertise
Inorganic material, Polymer, Optics, Physical chemistry, Semiconductors, Composite material, Optical devices

Qualifications
Supplementary Note of Specific Infringement Lawsuit Counsel
the US Patent Bar Exam in 2003
TOEIC (score: 955)
TOEFL (CBT) (score: 263)

Major seminars
Vast experience as a lecturer for in-house patent education while working at a chemical manufacturing company

Publications
(with Tsurumi, Ohba et al.), “Preparation of Lead Zirconate Titanate Thin Film by Hydrothermal Method” Jpn. J. Appl. Phys, Vol. 30, pp. 2174-2177, 1991
Held patents include US Patent 5430754, and Japanese Published Unexamined Application Nos. 06-224508, 06-316498, 07-106684, and 09-064471

Mikio KameokaPatent Attorney
Senior Partner, Chemical Department

Patent Attorney since:2000
Mikio Kameoka is a patent attorney and a Lawsuit Counsel with more than 18 years of experience in domestic and international patent prosecution. He specializes in organic, polymer and inorganic chemistry.

Professional career
TonenGeneral Sekiyu K.K., 1997 – 2000

Key Areas of Expertise
Petrochemistry, Organic chemistry, Polymer chemistry, Inorganic materials, Textile materials, Chemical engineering

Qualifications
Supplementary Note of Specific Infringement Lawsuit Counsel since: 2007
Pollution Control Manager (Water Class I)
High-pressure Gas Production Safety Manager (Class A)

Yuichiro Asano, Ph.D.Patent Attorney
Partner, Chemical Department

Patent Attorney since :2002
Yuichiro Asano is a patent attorney who specializes in nucleonics, separation and analytic chemistry, welding and bonding engineering, metal engineering, inorganic materials chemistry, and electrical chemistry.Prior to joining Asamura, Dr. Asano gained extensive experience at a laboratory where he conducted research on metal joining used in diffusion bonding under strict guidance of Head Research Officer Osamu Ohashi from National Research Institute of Metals (NIMS). At a graduate school, Dr. Asano conducted research on the development of a new reprocessing method for nuclear fuel in order to dispose the radioactive waste safely and efficiently.

Professional career

Researcher, Tokyo Institute of Technology Research Laboratory for Nuclear Reactors,
Hikari Patent Office (former Taniyama Patent Office)

Key Areas of Expertise
Inorganic materials chemistry, The nuclear fuel cycle, actinide chemistry, and nuclear engineering focusing on radioactive waste separation, Metal engineering, Separation and analytical chemistry, Welding/joint engineering, Electrochemistry, Chemical engineering

Publications
(with Mikio Kataoka, Yukihiro Ikeda et al.),“Kinetic Studies on Dissolution of UO2 Powders in Acid Solutions by Using Cerium (IV) or Chlorine Dioxide as Oxidants” J. Nuclear. Sci. Technol., 33, 152-156, 1996
(with Yukihiro Ikeda et al.),“Study on a Nuclear-Fuel Reprocessing System Based on the Precipitation Method in Mild Aqueous-Solutions”, Nucl. Technol., 120, 198-210, 1997
(with Osamu Ohashi),“Effect of Heat Treatment in Vacuum Prior to Bonding on Diffusion Bonding of Titanium, Copper and SUS304 Stainless Steel”, J. Japan Inst. Metals, Vol. 61, No.8 (1997) pp.744-749

Mari YugePatent Attorney
Partner, Chemical Department

Patent Attorney since:2004
Mari Yuge is a patent attorney who focuses her practice on domestic and international patent prosecution, patent term extension applications, establishment of rights, oppositions, appraisals and trials.
Prior to joining Asamura, Mari was involved in clinical development of new drugs and handling safety data at a Japanese pharmaceutical company. She also gained additional experience in equity research.

Professional career
Involved in the clinical development of new drug and handling safety data at a Japanese pharmaceutical company
Involved in the equity research at a Japanese securities company
Patent Attorney since: 2004

Key Areas of Expertise
Pharmaceuticals, Organic chemistry, Polymer chemistry, Biochemistry, Food, Cosmetics, Fragrance

Qualifications
EIKEN Test in Practical English Proficiency (Grade Pre-1)
Pharmacist

Hisashi KanamoriPatent Attorney
Partner, Chemical Department

Patent Attorney since: 1999
Hisashi Kanamori is a patent attorney and a Lawsuit Counsel who focuses his practice on domestic and international patent prosecution, invalidation trials, litigation before district court, appraisals and client counseling on intellectual property in Japan as well as overseas. He is a member of a case study group and is in charge of preparing summaries of decisions related to inventions in the chemical and pharmaceutical fields as well as decisions related to litigation procedures.
Prior to joining Asamura, he worked at Toranomon hospital where he gained considerable experience examining diagnostic products and analysis equipment. Hisashi is a member of the Biolife Science Committee and a member of the Patent Committee of the Japan Patent Attorneys Association (JPAA), where he conducts research on patent prosecution in life sciences.

Key Areas of Expertise
Clinical chemistry, Biotechnology, Medicine, Diagnostic drugs, Regenerative medicine, Agriculture
Forestry, and fisheries technology, Cosmetics, Organic chemistry, Nanotechnology materials, enewable energy related technologies

Qualfications
Supplementary Note of Specific Infringement Lawsuit Counsel: 2005

Seminars
“Trilateral Comparative Research of Written Description Requirements” in Nagoya

Makoto Tatsuzuki
Patent Attorney
Chemical Department

Patent Attorney since: 2010
Makoto Tatsuzuki’s practice covers domestic and international patent prosecution in the field of chemistry, particularly pharmaceuticals, organic chemistry, high polymer chemistry, and chemical engineering.
Prior to joining Asamura, Makoto gained considerable experience at a pharmaceutical company working on drug discovery research for lead compounds. He has been a member of the Japan Patent Attorneys Association (JPAA) since 2010 and holds MSc in Applied Chemistry from Waseda University.

Professional career
Worked a research position in a pharmaceutical company several years

Key Areas of Expertise
Medicine, Organic chemistry, Polymer chemistry, Chemical engineering

Hironobu Mizuno
Patent Attorney
Chemical Department

Patent Attorney since:2012
Before joining Asamura, Hironobu Mizuno worked at a general chemical corporation where he spent twelve years in its research lab, then about nine years in its Intellectual Property Department, followed by about nine months spent in the International Law Research Office at an external location. During this period, he worked in the following areas.
At the research lab, he carried out research and development for recording media for optical discs, and was involved in starting up mass production at plants in Japan and overseas. In addition, he also conducted research on the liquid phase growth of gallium nitride and silicon negative electrodes for lithium-ion batteries.
In the Intellectual Property Department, he was involved with invention discovery, patent applications, design applications, interim processing and other rights work, as well as analysis and assessment of other firms’ patents, and rights judgments for infringement judgments and invalidation, etc., targeting a wide range of technical fields (compound semiconductors, semiconductor lasers, white LEDs, silicon for solar cells, organic devices, functional color materials, functional polymers, bio-chips, biopolymers, biological rhythms, etc.).
In the International Law Research Office, he worked on international comparative studies of industrial property rights systems for the Patent Office, prepared proposals, ran committees, surveyed published information, conducted hearings for organizations (state organs, law offices, private companies, etc.) both in Japan and overseas (Africa, the United States, China, and Korea), and prepared reports.

Professional career
April 1992 Joined Mitsubishi Kasei Corporation (now Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation, assigned to the General Research Office
July 2004 Assigned to the Intellectual Property Department of Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation
(July 2013 to March 2014 International IP Legislation Research Office, International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property of Japan (AIPPI・ JAPAN))
June 2014 Left Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation

Qualifications
Supplementary Note of Specific Infringement Lawsuit Counsels
Class A Hazardous Material Officer

Publications
“A Novel Photo-Induced Patterned Film Formation of Organic Pigments Using Tris(2,2′-bipyridine)ruthenium(II) and Surfactant with Ferrocenyl Moiety”, Chemistry Letters. 1992, vol.21, no.5, p.751-754
“Extension of Linear-Velocity Margin in Phase-Change Optical Recording with Variable-Pulse Compensatio n”, Jpn. J. Appl. Phys. 1997, vol.36, Part 1, no.1B, p. 514-519

International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property of Japan (AIPPI・ JAPAN) Research Report on intellectual property rights system operational reality in African countries and intellectual property activities by major countries outside the region, Feb. 201P

Hiroko HirayamaPatent Attorney
Senior Partner, Trademark and Design Department

Patent Attorney since: 2013
A former Appeal Examiner at the Japan Patent Office, Hiroko Hirayama focuses her practice on domestic and overseas trademark prosecution and consulting services. She advises on trademarks of regional organizations and actively participates in conferences around Asia to coordinate trademark system operations.
Prior to joining Asamura Patent Office, Hiroko served as an Appeal Examiner at the International Registration Examination Office, where she conducted patent examinations under the Madrid Agreement and Protocol, reviewing the complete specification, any specific embodiments that have been disclosed, and the claims.
A former Director of the Trademark International Classification Division, Hiroko attended international conferences concerning the revision of the trademark international classification under the Nice Agreement and participated in discussions regarding the 10th revision of the classification.
A former Director of the Trademark Examination Standard Division, she was involved in the revision of standards regarding closely-related products and examination standards based on the legal revision of 2011.
In addition, she also served as a Director of the Machinery Examination Division, where she improved an overall quality and efficiency of the examinations.

Major seminars
Briefing for Trademark Examination Standards

Ryoji MochizukiPatent Attorney
Senior Partner, Trademark and Design Department

Patent Attorney since: 1985
Ryoji Mochizuki is a patent attorney who focuses his practice on trademark and design rights acquisition, prosecution and maintenance. In addition, he is also involved in brand licensing, sales contracts, negotiations, objections, searches, appraisals, brand strategy and management consulting – all areas which can significantly affect clients after they acquire their IP rights.
Prior to joining Asamura, he gained significant experience in consulting and industry statistics survey research at the Japan Management Association. A gifted speaker, he is a frequent guest at enterprises and NPOs where he conducts lectures and training courses for employees. In addition, he is an author of books for intellectual property professionals and individuals wishing to take the patent attorney examination.

Publications
“Sub Notes for Patent Attorney Exam Essays I: Patents, Utility Models” Designs Edition, Yoyogijuku
“Sub Notes for Patent Attorney Exam Essays II: Trademarks and Contracts Edition” Paris, PCT
“Patent Attorney Exam Definitions and Objectives” ,Yoyogijuku
Industrial Property Law Seminar: 157 Key Problems and Solutions (joint-author, Hougaku Shoin)
“Basic Issues and Solutions for the Industrial Property Law: 209 Questions Selected for Patent Attorneys” Hougaku Shoin
“Industrial Property Law Seminar 1: Patent Act, Utility Model Act” Hougaku Shoin
“Industrial Property Law Seminar 2: Design Act, Trademark Act, Contracts” Hougaku Shoin
“Patent Attorney Essay Seminar 1: Patent Act (Part 1)” Hougaku Shoin
“Patent Attorney Essay Seminar 2: Patent Act (Part 2)”Hougaku Shoin
“Patent Attorney Essay Seminar 3: Design Act” Hougaku Shoin
“Patent Attorney Essay Seminar 4: Trademark Act” Hougaku Shoin
“Patent Attorney Essay Seminar 5: Contracts” Hougaku Shoin
“The Introduced Service Mark System” Management Finance, Staff Advisor, Zeimu Kenkyukai
Dictionary of Legal Terms, Fourth Edition ,Intellectual Property Law section, Hougaku Shoin
Guidebook to Passing Articles for the Patent Attorney Examination, Hougaku Shoin
Knowledge and Q&A for Patents, Designs, and Trademarks, Hougaku Shoin

Takuhiro Shinoda Patent Attorney
Senior Partner, Trademark and Design Department

Patent Attorney since: 2011
Takuhiro Shinoda is a patent attorney who has been involved in domestic and international trademark prosecution for more than 15 years. He focuses his practice on design, copyright, Unfair Competition Prevention Act matters and client counseling at Japan Customs.
Prior to becoming a patent attorney, Takuhiro gained experience at Toyopet Co., Ltd where he worked on product design and planning development. He studied English literature at Waseda University researching English dialects so he often takes a phonetic approach in trademark issues. He is a member of the Japan Patent Attorneys Association (JPAA) and Japan T#0e0301rademark Association (JTA) Design Committee, where he conducts searches related to overseas and domestic designs. He is a frequent guest at universities and IP firms where he conducts seminars and lectures.

Qualifications
Administrative scrivener

Seminars
Intellectual Property Lecture for the First International Wind Power Expo
Summer School Lecturer, Faculty of Intellectual Property, Osaka Institute of Technology

Memberships
Vice-Chairman of JPAA Design Committee

Ryota Hara
Patent Attorney
Trademark and Design Department

Patent Attorney since: 2012
Joined Asamura: 2007


Ryota Hara is a patent attorney who focuses his practice on domestic and overseas trademark and design prosecution, renewal management, and transfer registration. In addition, his practice also encompasses unfair competition, seizures for counterfeit goods and detection of smugglers in Southeast Asia.

Qualifications

TOEIC (score: 940)

Publications
“Kikkoman’s Bottle Design Protected in Russia” Intellectual Property Prism, Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry, January 2018
“Russia’s FAS decision regarding soy sauce bottle design made by Kikkoman” (co-author), A.I.P.P.I Newsletter Vol. 64, No. 2, February 2019
“Three-Dimensional Trademark Registration of “Kikkoman Tabletop Dispenser ” in Japan”, English Journal A.I.P.P.I , Vol. 44 No.3, May 2019

Yuri Ito
Patent Attorney
Trademark and Design Department

Patent Attorney since: 2013
Yuri Ito is a patent attorney whose practice encompasses all aspects of IP law, including domestic trademark and design prosecution, PCT applications, trade secrets, copyright law and unfair competition.
In addition to being a registered Japanese patent attorney, Yuri is also a member of the Japan Patent Attorneys Association and a member of in-house case study group, where she writes notices on judicial decisions.

Key Areas of Expertise
General application matters with a focus on domestic and PCT applications
Name changes
General registration and related rights
Unfair competition (product display, trade secrets, etc.)

Qualifications
TOEIC (score: 920)
EIKEN Test in Practical English Proficiency (Grade Pre-1)

Publications
Workbook on intelligible solving processes for patent attorneys: the past First-Stage Examination, Hogakushoin

Hirotou Matsumiya
Patent Attorney
Trademark and Design Department

Patent Attorney since: 2011
Hirotou Matsumiya is a patent attorney who focuses his practice on domestic and overseas trademark and design prosecution.
Prior to joining Asamura, he gained extensive experience in IP matters and made a decision to transition to a full-time patent career.

Hirotaka Nakayama
Patent Attorney
Trademark and Design Department

Patent Attorney since: 2011
Hirotaka Nakayama is a patent attorney who focuses his practice on oppositions, examinations, design registration, as well as domestic and international acquisition and maintenance of trademark rights, including those related to the Madrid Protocol.
Prior to joining Asamura, Hirotaka worked as an IP counsel at an automotive parts company focusing on various IP projects.

Qualifications
Administrative Scrivener

Syuji Kikuma
Patent Attorney
Trademark and Design Department

Patent Attorney since: 2016
Shuji Kikuma is a patent attorney who focuses his practice on trademark and design prosecution. He has gained experience in unfair competition, copyright, and acquisition, as well as gained knowledge in trademark right management in foreign jurisdiction.

Key Areas Of Expertise
Trademark
Design
Copyrights
Unfair competition

Mitsuo Okano
Patent Attorney
Trademark and Design Department

Patent Attorney since: 1990
A former Appeal Examiner at the Japan Patent Office, Mitsuo Okano is an experienced patent attorney with more than 40 years of experience in the trademark and design IP department. Mitsuo’s practice encompasses domestic and international trademark and design prosecution, design right acquisition and maintenance, and strategic counseling.

Seminars
JPAA practical training lecture on designs, examination correspondence, and practice (judgment of similarity)