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Mechanical(including Vehicles, Robots, Control Engineering, FA devices)

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 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 Nobuyoshi Yarita
Specialties Patent and design 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 image processing, and input and output devices for computers.
Education B.S., Sophia University, Mechanics
M.S., Sophia University, Mechanics
Career Active in the patent field since 1997,
Japanese Patent Attorney since 2010.
Worked for Toshiba Corporation as a computer engineer for Space Robotics Systems.
Membership(s) Japan Patent Attorneys Association (JPAA),
The Institute of Electronics, Information and Communication Engineers
Patent Attorney Takashi Sakamoto
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 telecommunications, image processing and optical recording technologies.
Education B.S., Electronics, Kobe University
Career Japanese Patent Attorney since 2004.
Worked for International Digital Communications Inc. as a transmission engineer in the field of core network design.
Membership(s) Japan Patent Attorneys Association (JPAA)
Patent Attorney Hideo Sugawara
Specialties Patent, design and trademark 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 areas of control engineering, fluid mechanics, material engineering and related technologies.
Education B.S., Keio University, Mechanical Engineering
M.S., Keio University, School of Integrated Design Engineering
Career Japanese Patent Attorney since 2010.
Membership(s) Japan Patent Attorneys Association (JPAA)
Patent Engineer Hiroshi Kurokawa
Specialties Active in the patent field since 1990, especially in the field of image sensing devices, digital photography, optical equipment and laser devices.
Education B.S., Tokyo Institute of Technology, Mechanical Engineering
M.S., Tokyo Institute of Technology, Mechanics
Career Worked for Nikon as an engineer in the field of electro-mechanical designs such as video cameras and opto-magnetic disc drive systems.
Patent Engineer Shunsuke Yamaguchi
Specialties Active in the patent field since 1993, especially in the field of semiconductor production equipment, digital photography and automobiles and automotive products.
Education B.S., Musashi Institute of Technology, Mechanical Engineering
Career Worked for Marubun Corporation in its semiconductor division.
Patent Engineer Ryo Okawa
Specialties Machinery, mechanisms and control systems
Education B.S., Kyoto University, Engineering Science
Publication Worked for Hitachi Construction Machinery Co., Ltd. as an engineer for developing hydraulic systems and hydraulic devices of excavators.
Specialties are machinery, mechanisms and control systems
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