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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

DU  RuolingPartner

Qualification Foreign Law Counsel (Chinese Law)
Departments Head of Chinese Market, Trademarks
Specialization Chinese intellectual property law and general legal matters

Background

After graduating from Shanghai East China University of Politics and Law in 1987 and being admitted to the bar in China in 1989, Ms. Ruoling Du received in 1999 her master’s degree in International Economic Law from Yokohama University and was registered as a licensed foreign lawyer in Japan in 2005.
At Kyowa, she has been involved in a considerable number of lawsuits of various background in China.
While acting as a member of AIPPI and INTA as well as of China Trademark Association, she continuously keeps up to date with developments in Chinese IP.

MOTOMIYA  Teruhisa

Qualification Patent Attorney
Departments Head of Trademarks
Specialization Trademarks in general

Background

After graduating from Nihon University, the Department of Law, Teruhisa Motomiya passed the Japan Patent Attorney examination in 1988. He handled trademark, design and unfair competition cases at a patent firm for twenty-four years.
He chaired the Trademarks Committee of Japan Patent Attorneys Association (JPAA) from April 2004 to March 2007. He was a member of the Trademark System Committee of the Industrial Structure Council (Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry) from July 2004 to October 2006. In 2015, he joined Kyowa where he became the Head of the Trademark Department. At Kyowa, he is mainly involved in acquiring and maintaining of trademark rights in Japan and abroad, as well as consulting with regard to trademarks in Japan and abroad and conducting seminars.

Notable Cases

  • Toy Blocks for Assembling case (JPN Reg. No. 4478665) Tokyo High Court in 2000 (Gyo-ke) No. 101 / 2001 February 28: Favorable decision in revocation case
  • Guylian Seashells Chocolate Bar case (International Registration No. 803104) Intellectual Property High Court judgement handed on 2008 June 30 (Gyo-ke) No. 10293: Trial decision was rescinded in favor of the client

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

KASHIWA  Nobuyuki

Qualification Attorney at Law
Departments Litigations, Trademarks, Chinese Market
Specialization IP infringement litigation, Appeals, invalidation trials, oppositions, prosecutions, contracts, application proceedings, pharmaceutical procedures, others

Background

After graduating from the University of Tokyo (licensed as pharmacist) in 2002, Nobuyuki Kashiwa obtained his master’s degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences from the University of Tokyo Graduate School in 2004. He was registered as an attorney at law in 2008, and as a patent attorney in 2010. He handles various types of litigations and disputes.
He is a member of the Reviewers’ Committee of AIPPI Japan Group Journals while engaging in various AIPPI activities.

Articles

  • Calculation Methods Regarding Damages Based on Article 102, Paragraphs 2 and 3 of the Patent Act (Grand Panel Decision of Intellectual Property High Court Dated June 7, 2019 - AIPPI Japan Journal (Vol. 65 No. 3 2020)
  • Intellectual Property in Electronics and Software - A Global Guide to Rights and Their Applications Second Edition - Globe Law and Business (2019)
  • The Supreme Court Decision Regarding the Requirements for Infringement under the Doctrine of Equivalents - AIPPI Japan Journal International Edition (Vol. 43 No.1 2018)
  • The Intellectual Property High Court Grand Panel Decision on the Requirements for Infringement under the Doctrine of Equivalents - AIPPI Japan Journal International Edition (Vol. 42 No.1 2017)
  • Consideration Regarding Experimental Data in Datamining Patentability of Numerically Limited Inventions - JIPA INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT (Vol. 65 No. 8 2015)
  • Unpredictable Remarkable Effects in Determining Inventive Step (Supreme Court Decision Dated August 27, 2019) - SHINNIPPON-HOKI “Practical Methods for Preventing Troubles Relating to Intellectual Property”
  • Clarity and the Diaper Decision - Managing Intellectual Property SURVEY 2011

IMAOKA  Tomoki

Qualification Patent Attorney
Department Trademarks
Specialization Trademarks in general

Background

Tomoki Imaoka graduated from Waseda University’s Department of Law in 1993, after which he worked for a precision equipment manufacturer for four and a half years. He enrolled in the University of Nottingham’s master’s program in international environmental law in 1997, where he studied global warming and environmental pollution international laws.
After graduating from the master’s program in 2000, he worked for a patent and law firm and was engaged in clerical work in patent and trademarks. He passed the patent attorney’s examination in 2004.
As a patent attorney, he has been engaged in trademark applications and trademark rights acquisition services for machinery and pharmaceutical products manufacturers. He joined Kyowa Patent and Law Office in 2006. At Kyowa, leveraging his language skills, he provides a variety of services, including trademark rights acquisition and handling of infringements and disputes related to trademark rights in Japan and overseas for various clients, with a focus on foreign corporations such as global automobile manufacturers.
He is also actively involved in trade activities such as participating in the JAFBIC Trademark Committee and in practical workshops at the Japan Trademark Association.

WATANABE  Kaori

Qualification Patent Attorney
Department Trademarks
Specialization Trademarks in general

Background

After graduating from Tsuda University’s College of Liberal Arts (Department of International and Cultural Studies), Kaori Watanabe worked for another patent and law firm for about seven years, mainly in trademark applications and rights acquisition services for various clients, such as transportation industry clients, major apparel manufacturers in Japan and overseas, and machinery manufacturers. She passed the patent attorney’s examination in 2009.
Since joining Kyowa Patent and Law Office in 2014, she has branched out into the handling of infringements and disputes related to trademark rights in Japan and overseas as well as trademark rights acquisition for various clients, with a focus on international consumer goods manufacturers, major Japanese cosmetics manufacturers, and financial clients in Japan.
Belonging to several external organizations such as the Japan Trademark Association and the JAFBIC Trademark Committee, she is constantly working on expanding her IP knowledge.

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.

SUZUKI  Izumi

Qualification Patent Attorney
Department Trademarks
Specialization Trademarks in general

Background

After graduating from Doshisha Women’s College of Liberal Arts’ Faculty of Liberal Arts (Department of English), Izumi Suzuki studied assistance for developing countries, obtaining MAs from Nagoya University’s Graduate School of International Development and the School of Development Studies of the University of East Anglia in the UK. Returning to Japan, she worked in official development assistance at consulting firms and implementing agencies for about 15 years.
In 2019, she registered as a patent attorney and joined Kyowa Patent and Law Office, where she works in trademark services.

NAKAMURA  Yusuke

Qualification Patent Attorney
Department Trademarks
Specialization General trademarks operations

Background

After graduating from Keio University’s Faculty of Law, Department of Law and from University of Tokyo Law School, Yusuke Nakamura engaged in legal and intellectual property-related work at a clothing manufacturer, during which he passed the patent attorney exam in 2018. He registered as a patent attorney in 2019 and was involved in domestic and foreign trademark application and rights acquisition business mainly for SMEs at a patent law office.
He joined Kyowa Patent and Law Office in 2021, where he is involved in domestic and foreign trademark application and rights acquisition as a member of the Trademarks section.

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