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Hogan Lovells

Life Sciences

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What the team is known for

Highly sought after to act on patent infringement and invalidation as well as licensing matters. Also adept in assisting clients with cross-border regulatory issues and patent term extensions, regularly assisting both domestic and international pharmaceutical clients. Draws on the expertise of its lawyers in medical and molecular sciences as well as biochemistry to advise companies on both inbound and outbound life sciences matters. Also offers expertise in commercial matters and handles licensing, supply and commercialisation agreements. Leverages its global network to provide international coverage.

Strengths

A satisfied interviewee reports that "their team is very responsive."

Work highlights

Advised Merck Sharp & Dohme on its patent action against Pfizer, which concerned the validity of patents for the V114 vaccine product.

Notable practitioners

Frederick Ch'en leverages his biological research background to drive a market-leading life sciences practice, including expertise in regulatory and licensing requirements, as well as patent-related issues. A market source comments that "he is very good and has a lot of knowledge."

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Overview

We are one of the few international law firms in Japan that can offer a dedicated team of culturally attuned, multi-jurisdictional and multi-practice lawyers with substantial experience and background in the life sciences sector and the ability to advise on the full scope of outbound and inbound life sciences issues. We also have scientifically-trained lawyers with advanced degrees in relevant disciplines; this is unusual, and highly distinctive in the Japanese market, and an aspect greatly valued by our life sciences clients both in Japan and internationally.
Our life sciences practice draws on expertise across all areas of law, from IP and patent litigation, corporate and commercial to regulatory and compliance. We have a strong track-record in advising global and Japanese life sciences companies on all aspects across a full product life-cycle, from creation to commercialization of a life-saving therapy, regulatory compliance to an international patent dispute, the formation of a strategic alliance to a complex, global merger.
Our Japan team works seamlessly with our global award-winning life sciences team of 450 lawyers around the world, across time zones, languages, jurisdictions, and practice areas. This gives us a full service practice that can look at our clients’ needs from all the relevant angles, and the ability to deliver these services in our client’s native language and liaise between any complex cultural differences that may arise.

Life Sciences Department

Hogan Lovells

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Department location

15th Floor Daido Seimei

Kasumigaseki Building

1-4-2 Kasumigaseki

Chiyoda-ku

Tokyo

Tokyo-to

Japan

100-0013

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Life Sciences


Frederick Ch'en
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