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MIYAJIMA  ManabuManaging Partner

Qualification Patent Attorney at Law admitted in Japan and California, Patent Attorney
Departments Litigations, Designs, Trademarks, Chinese Market
Specialization Litigation, contracts related to intellectual property rights, general legal matters, and trademarks

Background

After graduating from the University of Tokyo, the Department of Engineering, Manabu Miyajima was admitted to the bar and registered as a patent attorney in Japan in 2001.
In 2008, he received his LL.M. in Trade Regulation from New York University School of Law (Fulbright Scholar) and was admitted to the State Bar of California in 2009.
After obtaining a master’s degree from the Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property, Competition and Tax Law in 2014, he became a Kyowa partner in 2015.
He is an active member of AIPPI, INTA and APAA.

Articles

  • Case law study - Intellectual Property High Court 2010.1.14 (2008 (Gyo-ke)) No. 10235 Case: Enablement Requirements: Gist of the Invention Certification and the Lipase Supreme Court Decision - A.I.P.P.I: Journal of the Japanese Group of the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property, Vol. 57, No. 1, pp. 6-22, others

SOEDA  Keisuke

Qualification Patent Attorney
Departments Designs, Trademarks
Specialization Designs, trademarks, copyrights, and counterfeit measures

Background

After graduating from Waseda University’s School of Humanities and Social Sciences in 2006, Keisuke Soeda joined Kyowa Patent and Law Office in 2007 and registered as a patent attorney in 2013. He has been serving as a member of the Design Committee of the Asian Patent Attorneys Association (APAA) Japan Group since 2014 and as deputy chair of the Design Committee of the Japan Foods & Biotechnology Intellectual Property Rights Center (JAFBIC) since 2019.
In 2019, he has lectured on the use of the Hague system in preparation for future IP implementation at a WIPO International Application System Seminar hosted by the WIPO Japan Office. In 2020, he presented on the effect of the 2019 revision of the Design Act at a seminar hosted by JAFBIC’s Design Committee.
He became a member of the Trademark Committee of the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI) in 2021.
He holds licenses of Class I junior high school teaching (English), chief telecommunications engineer (transmission and switching), First-Class Technical Radio Operator for On-the-Ground Services, Maritime First-Class Technical Radio Operator, and Advanced Information Processing Engineer (SC).

Articles

  • How to use the international design registration system using the Hague system and points to keep in mind - Monthly Journal “A.I.P.P.I.” (Japanese publication), AIPPI JAPAN, Sept. 2016
  • Amendment of fields in the application form for patent applications - Chizai Kanri [Intellectual property management], Mar. 2014

HANAWA  Kazuya

Qualification Patent Attorney
Departments Mechanical, Designs
Specialization Plastic products, laminated films, fabricated metal products such as metal masks, production technology, automotive components, building materials, and other mechanical and structural engineering in general

Background

After graduating from Tokyo Institute of Technology’s School of Engineering (Department of Mechanical and Intelligent Systems Engineering), Kazuya Hanawa joined a container manufacturer, where he worked as an engineer for about three years in the development and design of containers filling equipment. He later worked in the company’s intellectual property division for about three years. He passed the patent attorney’s examination in 2014.
Since joining Kyowa Patent and Law Office in 2015, he has been assisting clients with IP-related operations, with a focus on rights acquisition services in Japan and overseas. His various clients include materials manufacturers, preforming manufacturers, component manufacturers, and finished product manufacturers.

SARUYAMA  Jumpei

Qualification Patent Attorney
Departments Trademarks, Designs
Specialization Trademarks and designs in general

Background

After graduating from Meiji University’s School of Law, Jumpei Saruyama worked in an administrative position at a patent firm for two years. He registered as a patent attorney in 2014 and worked for a major patent firm for four years.
Since joining Kyowa Patent and Law Office in 2018, he has been engaged in trademark and design rights acquisition services in Japan and overseas for various clients, including foreign corporations, major general electrical manufacturers, and companies in the IoT sector. He also handles infringement cases and counterfeit measures and provides comprehensive services for varying trademark cases. He is well versed in the various administrative procedures, making use of his experience in patents-related clerical work.
He is a member of the Trademark Committee of the Japan Patent Attorney Association, serving as its vice-chair in 2021. In this role, he is primarily involved in the design of international systems.
He is an active member of several external organizations, including the Japan Trademark Association and the JAFBIC Trademark Committee.

KOKABU  Akifumi

Qualification Patent Attorney
Departments Electrical, Designs
Specialization Patents: Electrical (semiconductors, medical equipment, software, information processing), control engineering (machine control engineering, semiconductor manufacturing equipment), materials, applied physics, others
Design: Electronics (smartphones, audio equipment, etc.), ornaments (accessories, rings, necklaces, etc.), industrial design, others

Background

After graduating from Keio University’s Department of Science and Technology in 2007, Akifumi Kokabu joined the Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) where he worked in countering air space violations (scramble responses), joint operations between Japan and the United States (development of ballistic missile defense systems and Japan-US joint exercises), and disaster-relief dispatches (Great East Japan Earthquake). While serving in the JASDF, he obtained his master's degree in science and qualified as a patent attorney. He is currently registered as a reserve Captain in the JASDF reserves.
In 2016, he enrolled at Matsushita Institute of Government and Management (MIGM), where he conducted research in national security both in Japan and abroad. In particular, he studied the ideal vision for Japan's national security system from the perspectives of the defense industry (R&D and manufacture of defense equipment) and the management of sensitive technologies.
After graduating from MIGM in 2021, he joined Kyowa Patent and Law Office and registered as a patent attorney. At Kyowa, he is engaged in rights acquisition services, such as preparing patent specifications and intermediate processing. He is a member of the Steering Committee of the Japan Patent Attorneys Association’s Central Research Institute of Intellectual Property.

ASAKURA  SatoruCounsel

Qualification Patent Attorney
Departments Designs
Specialization Designs

Background

After receiving in 1976 his Masters Degree from the Department of Industrial Designs, Faculty of Engineering of Chiba University, Satoru Asakura worked for thirteen years as an examiner at the Japan Patent Office (JPO) and for four years at the Ministry of International Trade and Industry.
He joined Kyowa in 2006 and became a managing partner in 2015 after being the head of the Designs Department, while conducting lectures at universities such as Chiba University and Takushoku University He coauthored in 2001 the “JPO’s Standard Text for Industrial Property Rights (Design)” published by the Japan Institute for Promoting Invention and Innovation.

Articles

  • "Green Paper on Legal Protection of Industrial Design" 1991 EC Committee Revision - Japan - Design Protection Association「DESIGN PROTECT No.110 2016」

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