We actively support both procurement and enforcement of your IP.

Patent Attorney/ Representative

Patent Attorney/Founding Member Hiroaki Kouno

Patent Attorney / Founding Member
Hiroaki KOUNO

Hiroaki Kouno is our founding member and his practice has encompassed contract drafting, licensing, negotiating and consulting as well as IP rights procurement.

He has engaged in research and development of LCD (Liquid crystal display) device for four years, and has further engaged in improvement of plasma processing for MEMS (Micro Electro Mechanical Systems) for three years.

He has also various experiences with respect to IP rights procurement and management. His strategic planning and practice are highly regarded by a number of clients.

Education

Osaka University, B.E. in Chemistry, 1993
(Research topic: Enhancement of conversion efficiency of a crystal silicon solar cell)
University of Washington School of Law, LL.M. (Intellectual property law & policy), 2006
(Thesis topic: Proposition on minimization of the legal uncertain relationship between the patent enforcement under the doctrine of equivalents and the prosecution history estoppel)

Qualification

Patent Attorney (Benrishi) (2002)

Membership

Japan Patent Attorneys Association (JPAA)

The Japan Society of Applied Physics (JSAP)

The Asian Patent Attorneys Association (APAA)

International Trademark Association (INTA)

International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI)

International Federation of Intellectual Property Attorneys (FICPI)

Languages

Japanese, English

Patent Attorney/Masayuki Okamoto

Patent Attorney / Associate
Masayuki OKAMOTO

Masayuki Okamoto joined us in 2009 as a member in charge of our services for clients in Tokyo area. His practice area includes consulting IP managements as well as IP rights prosecution, mainly in fields of electronics.

Until 2000, he has engaged in research and development of LCD (Liquid crystal display) devices in Sharp Co. He has also experienced IP rights prosecution practice in an IP firm in Tokyo for eight years. He has been handling cases for electronics devices, optical devices, computer equipment, and software.

Education

Tohoku University, B.Eng. in Applied Physics, 1991
Tohoku University, M.Eng. in Applied Physics, 1993
(Research topic: Microscopic Properties of a Cavity Quantum Electrodynamics)
University of Washington School of Law, LL.M. (Intellectual property law & policy), 2006
(Thesis topic: Computer software patent protection in Japan and the United States)

Qualification

Patent Attorney ( Benrishi ) (2003)

US Patent Agent (Limited Recognition, 2007, now expired due to returning back to Japan)

Membership

Japan Patent Attorneys Association (JPAA)

Languages

Japanese, English