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Nishimura & Asahi

Intellectual Property: Domestic

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What the team is known for

Respected firm offering expertise in contentious and advisory IP mandates. Noted for its adept handling of the full spectrum of trade mark mandates, from strategic planning, prosecution and enforcement to litigation. Also handles soft IP matters, such as licensing matters. Well placed to represent clients in patent disputes at the Japan Patent Office and the Tokyo District Court. Represents a wide range of Japanese and international corporates.

Strengths

One pleased client reports that "their service quality is high, and they are responsive and comprehensive."

Another interviewee appreciates the team's "high degree of specialisation."

Work highlights

Advised Honda Motor on IP due diligence and licensing agreements related to its acquisition of Keihin, Showa and Nissin Kogyo, and the three companies' subsequent merger into Hitachi Automotive Systems.

Notable practitioners

Hitomi Iwase heads the team's trade mark division and also handles the full range of IP matters, including trade marks, copyright and patents. Her practice covers both contentious and transactional IP matters.

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Overview

Our firm handles various disputes, transactions and other consultation work related to patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, publicity rights and other IP. Our firm has extensive experience in handling various types of IP-related lawsuits and other disputes, including those instituted across multiple countries and regions concurrently, as well as in advising on complex IP transactions, some of which relate to M&A transactions and competition/regulatory issues. Our IP team collaborates with our other practice teams to provide diversified and strategic advice on all types of IP-related matters, providing analysis from a 360-degree perspective and practical commercial advice. Recently, our firm has often been advising on emerging legal issues relating to cutting-edge technology, such as artificial intelligence and IoT. In addition, our trademark/design prosecution team, with its considerable expertise and breadth of experience, provides a broad range of legal support from prosecution to enforcement, as well as advice on infringement and anti-counterfeiting.

Industries

Aerospace & Defence

Automobiles & Parts

Banks

Chemicals

Construction & Materials

Consumer Product Manufacturing

Education

Energy

Financial Services

Food & Beverage

Government

Health Care

Industrial Engineering

Insurance

Media

Pharmaceuticals & Life Sciences

Real Estate

Retail

Software & Computer Services

Sports

Technology, Hardware & Electronics

Telecommunications

Transportation

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Intellectual Property: Domestic

Nishimura & Asahi

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Location

Otemon Tower

1-1-2 Otemachi

Chiyoda-ku

Tokyo

Tokyo

Japan

100-8124

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Intellectual Property: Domestic


Hitomi Iwase
Band 3