It certainly is a small world. Thanks to the Internet intellectual properties flash around the world in warped speed. Whether it is a trademark or protection for an invention or major refinement of an already existing concept, it is imperative that intellectual property protection be international.
If you need intellectual property protection in Japan, you may want to seek out SUGIMURA International Patent & Trademark Attorneys. Located in Tokyo, Japan and Palo Alto, California, SUGIMURA has a rich history in the field of international intellectual property law.
Nobuchika Sugimura, an engineer of research and development for a company that would become Toshiba Corporation, created the SUGIMURA International Patent & Trademark Attorneys in 1923. In 1925, he helped Dr. Syuji Yagi secure a patent for the YAGU-Uda Antenna. It was for this invention that Dr.Yagi is recognized by the Japan Patent Office as one of the ten greatest inventors for Japan.
In 1943 Nobuchika became the first chairman of the Japanese Patent Attorneys Association (JPAA), the professional association of more than 9,000 patent attorneys who practice in intellectual property law in Japan.
Today Kenji Sugimura is the President of SUGIMURA International Patent & Trademark Attorneys. He is an experienced Japanese patent attorney and litigator who specializes in mechanics and architectural engineering.
The firm practices before the Japanese Patent Office (JPO) on patent, trademark and design issues. Its services include counseling clients on the rules and regulations of Japanese intellectual property laws and practices, licensing and IP transactions, enforcement and litigation, and IP search and due diligence.
The staff is divided into a patent group and trademark and design group. The attorneys who are included in the patent group are skilled in patent prosecution, licensing, and counseling in just about every technology field. They are not only knowledgeable in the nuances of intellectual property laws and regulations, they are also technical experts. They have experience working as researchers, engineers, and IP professionals for major corporations.
The Chemical Group assists clients in securing, protecting and managing intellectual property in biological chemistry. Members of this group hold advance degrees in biochemistry, chemistry, organic chemistry, microbiology, and molecular and cell biology. They are proficient in such technical issues as food engineering, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, and water treatment equipment.
The Electrical Engineering Group is experienced in a number of electrical and software specialties and have advanced degrees in electrical engineering, computer and software engineering, physics, and other disciplines. Their technical expertise include digital signal processing, computer software, optics, video and image systems, telecommunications, and semiconductors.
The Material Group supports clients whose intellectual properties are involved in the development of materials that posses certain desired properties in a certain application. The staff has technical expertise in such fields as pre-coated metals, semiconductor equipment, plastics, and polymers.
The Mechanical Engineering Group includes attorneys with advanced degrees in mechanical, electrical, industrial, and marine engineering. They have technical knowledge in automobiles, aircrafts, construction tools and containers and packaging.
The Trademark & Design Group has extensive experience in helping clients in trademark and design patent issues including clearing, registration, arbitration, litigation, and border enforcement.
The company’s website includes IP updates and publications including Successful English-to-Japanese Patent Translations, INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY: The Importance of Protecting Intangibles Assets, An Important Market: Software Patenting in Japan, Effective Ways to Obtain Japanese Patents, and Japan’s New Patent Rules.
For more information on SUGIMURA International Patent & Trademark Attorneys and the services it provides visit the firm’s website.