Today, intellectual property strategies have already become a major key to business success. At a time when Japan is going through a troubled period with increasing competition from developing countries and from emerging countries like the so-called BRIC powers, companies are about to face a highly complex situation and can no longer afford to focus their intellectual property strategies solely on the industrialized nations.

 
  The law firm Kuzuwa & Partners is dedicated to providing a comprehensive service from the acquisition and management of intellectual property rights to the litigation stage for assisting its corporate and university clients to make the most of their intellectual property rights. In response to our clients' demands, we also operate as a problem-solving team addressing specific intellectual property rights issues with high responsiveness to current trends in Japan and abroad. We are actively involved in solving problems by legal consultations and expert opinions covering the entire range of intellectual property issues. Our services include representations before the Japan Patent Office (JPO) such as applications, examinations and appeals for patents, utility models, designs, trade marks, etc. We also serve as court litigation attorneys or counsels and handle copyright cases and licensing matters.

 
 

Kuzuwa & Partners is a relatively new mid-sized patent firm which was created in 1995 as successor to the law firm of Takao Minami. We have a staff of 39 (including part-timers), of which 12 are patent attorneys. Together with our predecessor firm, we have accumulated about 40 years of experience in the field of intellectual property. The efficient functioning of a patent firm starts with the interaction with its clients, which is based on intensive communication, and depends on the active driving force. Kuzuwa & Partners can pride itself on having the size and the qualified staff suited for achieving these objectives.

With 19 fully qualified technical staff, in addition to the 12 patent attorneys, we are well positioned to respond to demands in all technical fields. By holding internal seminars, we actively encourage ourselves in the study of intellectual property strategies and the best ways of protecting the intellectual capital of our clients by collecting, on a permanent basis, the latest data on laws and advanced technologies. Our experienced paralegal and administrative staff is capable of following up on all administrative procedures with swiftness and accuracy.

An extensive experience with foreign intellectual property issues is one of our major assets. Our foreign activities have developed very vigorously due to extensive experience with numerous foreign clients, our linguistic competence, and a network of associated law firms that spans almost the entire globe. The collaboration with our foreign correspondents is based on good mutual understanding.


 
 





 
  Patent Attorneys


  President Patent Attorney: KUZUWA, Kiyoshi

Head of KUZUWA & PARTNERS,
Registered Patent Attorney
Formerly, Professor of Chiba University
IP infringement litigator
Bachelor of Science
Languages: English (Spoken, Written), German (Spoken, Written)


 

Mr. Kuzuwa, heading KUZUWA & PARTNERS, has a variety of experience in the field of intellectual properties. Just after graduating from Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology (TUAT), where he majored in polymer science, he started his career at the JPO in 1973 as patent examiner/appeal examiner in the field of polymer processing, applied chemistry, textile technology, medical science etc. In the meantime 1979 - 1980, he studied law at University of Munich and German and European Patent Law at Max-Planck-Institute for Intellectual Property Law in Germany.

He was also in depth involved in legal affairs at the JPO, for changing the Japan Patent Law, revising Examination Guidelines etc., as a deputy director at the legal division of the JPO. Further, he was quite active in international affairs and often participated in international conferences at WIPO, EPO etc., as a governmental representative and even worked at the USPTO as an exchange patent examiner in 1988. After resigning from the JPO, he joined a Swiss Chemical Company in 1992, and worked there as Head of its Japan Office until he established KUZUWA & PARTNERS in Tokyo 1995. He writes many articles and books in the IP field, and often gives lectures at Japanese universities and international IP fora. He was also Professor of Chiba University from 2004 - 2005, and is now a member of INTA, AIPPI, FICPI, APAA, AEA and PTMG.



  Patent Attorney: SHIOZAKI, Susumu

Vice President of KUZUWA & PARTNERS
Master of Science
Former JPO Appeal Examiner
Specialized fields: Physics, Instrumentation
Engineering, Electronic Engineering,
Informatics and Trademarks
Languages: English (Spoken, Written)



  Patent Attorney: SUGIE, Kenichi

Master of Science
Specialized fields: Biotechnology, Pharmaceutics
Languages: English (Spoken, Written)



  Patent Attorney: KIMURA, Shinya

Doctor of Science (Ph.D.)
Specialized fields: Material Science, Organic Chemistry
Languages: English (Spoken, Written)



  Patent Attorney: ODAGIRI, Misa

Bachelor of Science
Specialized fields: Biology, Neuroscience, Behavioral Pharmacology
Languages: English(Spoken, Written), Indonesian(Spoken, Written)



  Patent Attorney: YAGO, Tomomi

Bachelor of Science
Specialized Field: Food Science, Chemistry
Languages: English (Spoken, Written)



  Patent Attorney: MATSUURA, Ryoko

Master of Engineering
Specialized Field: Analytical Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry
Languages: English(Spoken, Written)



  Patent Attorney: OHGURI, Yumi

Master of Engineering
Specialized Field: Organic Synthesis, Pharmaceutics, Genetic engineering
Languages: English(Spoken, Written)



  Patent Attorney: CHINO, Sakura

Master of Science
Specialized Field: Molecular Biology, Genetic engineering
Languages: English(Spoken, Written)



  Patent Attorney: KIBA, Kunitoshi

Bachelor of Science
Specialized Field: Biotechnology, Microbiology, Food Science, Fisheries
Languages: English(Spoken, Written)



  Of counsel Patent Attorney: MAEDA, Masao

Bachelor of Science
Specialized fields: Mechanics and Dynamics,Information and Communications Technology,Naval Architecture, Automobile Technology
Languages: English (Written)



  Technology Specialist in Chief: TERAKAWA, Makoto

Master of Agriculture
Specialized fields: Microbiology, Genetic engineering, Chemistry, Trademarks, Design Patents
Languages: English (Spoken, Written)



  Chinese Patent Attorney: ZHENG, Yihong

Master of Science
Specialized Field: Neuroscience, Molecular Biology, Environmental Sociology, Chemistry
Languages: Chinese(Native), Japanese(Spoken, Written), English(Spoken, Written)



  Consultant on Technical and Regulatory Matters: SANKARAN, Ramananthan

Doctor of Engineering
Specialized Field: Chemistry, Pharmaceutics, Regulatory and Legal Affairs
Languages: Hindi(Native), English(Spoken, Written)



  Technical Advisor: HOUGA, Takuya

Master of Engineering
Specialized Field: Polymer Chemistry, Organic Chemistry
Languages: English(Spoken, Written)



  Technical Advisor: TAKAGAHARA, Yoshiko

Doctor of Science
Specialized Field: Molecular Biology , Pharmacology
Languages: English(Spoken, Written)


 



Technical Staff



  NAGANO, Yasushi Bachelor of Science
Specialized fields: Molecular Biology, Genetic Engineering, Biochemistry and Neuroscience
Languages: English (Spoken, Written)


  UENO, Seishu Master of Engineering
Specialized fields: Electronics, Information Technology
Languages: English (Spoken, Written)


  OOMORI, Masashi Doctor of Engineering (Ph.D.)
Specialized fields: Molecular Biology, Genetic Engineering, Biochemistry and Polymer Chemistry
Languages: English (Written)


  FURUTA, Atsushi Doctor of Engineering (Ph.D.)
Specialized fields: Chemistry, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology
Languages: English (Spoken, Written)


  HAGIWARA, Tsuyoshi LL.B. / M.A. in Human Security Studies
Specialized fields: IT, Medical/Administrative Affairs
Languages: English (Spoken, Written)


  YAMAMOTO, Sachie Bachelor of Agriculture
Specialized fields: Biochemistry, Mechanics
Languages: English (Spoken, Written)


  FUJITA, Satoshi Bachelor of Science
Specialized fields: Chemistry, Biochemistry, Medicine and Pharmacology
Languages: English (Written)


  OKA, Atsuko Master of Science
Specialized fields: Urban Science, Urban Engineering and Information
Languages: English (Spoken, Written)


  OKUNO, AkihiroDoctor of Applied Science (Ph.D.)
Specialized fields : Information & Communications Technology, Metal Processing, Mechanics and Dynamics, Automobile Technology
Languages: English (Spoken, Written)


  TAKAYANAGI, Sachi Master of Medical Science
Specialized fields: Medicine and Marine Biology
Languages: English (Spoken, Written)


  NELSON, Madoka Doctor of Science (Ph.D.)
Specialized fields: Catalysts and Surface Science, Biochemistry
Languages: English (Spoken, Written)


  BRAND, Dieter Technical Translator
Specialized fields: Mechanics, Electronics and Licensing
Languages: German (Native), English (Spoken, Written), French (Spoken, Written),Japanese (Spoken, Written), Chinese (Written), Portuguese (Spoken, Written)



 



Paralegal Staff



  NAKAHATA, Yuriko Foreign correspondence and accounting

  MASUDA, Yumi Domestic filing, Prosecution and Litigation

  HORI, Ayako Domestic filing, foreign filing and foreign correspondence

  SUGA, Yuki Foreign filing and foreign correspondence

  SATO, Yumi Foreign correspondence and Trademarks

  TSUJI, Aki Domestic filing, foreign filing and foreign correspondence

 

NAKAMURA, Miwako

Domestic filing, foreign filing and foreign correspondence

 

INOUE, Yuna

Foreign filing and foreign correspondence

 

SAMBOMMATSU, Ai

Foreign filing and foreign correspondence


 

HEINZ, Elisabeth

Foreign filing and foreign correspondence


     





 
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