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Patent Attorney Shuji Kimura (Partner)
Specialties Patent, design and trademark practice before the Japan Patent Office and Intellectual Property High Court; litigation and preliminary injunction proceedings before courts and Customs; legal opinions on infringement and validity; particular experience in Customs proceedings and also in the fields of automobile, industrial machinery, semiconductor production equipment, and amusement software fields.
Education B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Waseda University
Career Japanese Patent Attorney since 2000.
Engineer, Tokyo R&D Corporation, specializing in electric power assisted steering systems.
Actively handling Boards of Appeal and IP High Court cases.
Membership(s) Japan Patent Attorneys Association (JPAA), the Customs Intellectual Property Information Center (CIPIC)
Publication(s) The Basics of Patents(co-author; published by Ohm);
contributes CAFC reports to The Lawyers (monthly journal)
Patent Attorney Yasuhiro Ohtsuka, Ph.D. (Partner)
Specialties Patent, design and trademark practice before the Japan Patent Office and Intellectual Property High Court; litigation and preliminary injunction proceedings before courts and Customs;
legal opinions on infringement and validity; particular experience in image processing, mobile communications and Internet, information technologies (both hardware and software), semiconductors and electronic devices.
Education M.S., The University of Tokyo, Electronic and Information Engineering
Ph.D., The University of Tokyo, Electronic Engineering (with emphasis on CMOS image sensors and image processing)
Career Co-researcher in telecommunication systems at the Hattori Research Laboratory; Postdoctoral Fellowship from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) in the field of Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Science.
Japanese Patent Attorney since 1999.
Membership(s) Japan Patent Attorneys Association (JPAA), The Imaging Society of Japan, Information and Communication Engineers
Publication(s) Numerous academic papers published through academic associations, such as the IEEE; The Basics of Patents (co-author; published by Ohm);
contributes CAFC reports to The Lawyers (monthly journal)
Patent Attorney Jiro Takayanagi (Partner)
Specialties Patent, design and trademark practice before the Japan Patent Office and Intellectual Property High Court; litigation and preliminary injunction proceedings before courts and Customs; legal opinions on infringement and validity;
particular experience in the area of mobile communications, ATM switches, Internet-related communications, information processing technology and optical communications.
Education B.S., Keio University, Electrical Engineering
M.S., Keio University, Electrical Engineering
(with emphasis on telecommunications)
Career Japanese Patent Attorney since 1998.
Patent Attorney, Hitachi, Information Systems Group and Intellectual Property Group.
Lecturer in Intellectual Property at Keio University.
Membership(s) Japan Patent Attorneys Association (JPAA), AIPPI
Publication(s) The Basics of Patents (co-author; published by Ohm);
contributes CAFC reports to The Lawyers (monthly journal)
Patent Attorney Koji Maeda
Specialties Patent practice before Japan Patent Office and Intellectual Property High Court; litigation and preliminary injunction proceedings before courts; legal opinions on infringement and validity; Particular experience in the areas of wireless communication, signal processing and information theory.
Education B.Eng., Tokyo Institute of technology, Electrical and Electronic Engineering
M.Eng., Tokyo Institute of technology, Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Career JJapanese Patent Attorney since 2010.
Worked for NTT DOCOMO as researcher at R&D. Developed interference canceller for mobile and fixed wireless communication systems, and cognitive radio techniques.
Membership(s) Japan Patent Attorneys Association (JPAA)
IEEE (Communication society)
Patent Attorney Junya Ohde
Specialties Patent practice before the Japan Patent Office and Intellectual Property High Court; litigation and preliminary injunction proceedings before courts; legal opinions on infringement and validity;
Particular experience in the fields of software, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and networks.
Education B.S., University of Tsukuba, System Engineering
M.S., University of Tsukuba, System Engineering
Career Japanese Patent Attorney since 2011.
Worked for Ericsson Japan as a software engineer, in design and development of base station for a W-CDMA system.
Worked for Sony Corp. as a software engineer, in design and development of TV/DVD, later moving to Sony IP center as an in-house patent attorney and engaging in patent licensing and negotiations.
Membership(s) Japan Patent Attorneys Association (JPAA)
Patent Engineer Keishiro Kotera
Specialties Active in the patent field since 1999, especially in the fields of three-dimensional image processing, computer science, computer hardware and software, and mathematical applications.
Education B.S., Chiba Institute of Technology, Electronic and Information Engineering;
M.S., Chiba Institute of Technology, Computer Science
Career Worked for SEGA Enterprises in AM R&D, Technical Support for Designers, CG & Simulation.
Patent Engineer Johji Kagotani 
Specialties Considerable research experience and knowledge in image processing, virtual/mixed/augmented reality, and user interface.
Education B.S., University of Electro-Communications, Mechanical Engineering and Intelligent Systems
M.S., University of Electro-Communications, Mechanical Engineering and Intelligent Systems
Career Worked for SEGA in AM R&D as an engineer extensively developing theme park rides and simulators.
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