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Global Mondays Weekly Lecture Series - Multi-stakeholder Perspectives on the Japanese Patent System

William H. Gates Hall
12:30 PM - 1:20 PM

“Can the Patent System in Japan be Considered User Friendly?”

Visiting Scholars Takuya Yasui (Japan Patent Office), Shogo Matsunaga (Sonderhof & Einsel Law and Patent Office), and Yoichiro Nishimura (Kanagawa University)

Hosted by the Law, Technology & Arts Group, the Asian Law Center, and the Visiting Scholars Program

•Shogo Matsunaga is an attorney with Sonderhof & Einsel Law and Patent Office in Tokyo, Japan, where he handles cases involving IP infringement, labor law and commercial law. He is a recommended IP counsel by LEGAL 500. Mr. Matsunaga previously served as Director of IPtrust Inc. for many years. Mr. Shogo holds a BA in Law from Waseda University and also completed the Supreme Court of Japan’s two-year Legal Training & Research Institute and a four week program at UC Berkeley. His comparative research on patent law focuses on cutting edge issues related to the enforcement of Standard Essential Patents (SEPs).

•Yoichiro Nishimura has been a professor at Kanagawa University’s Faculty of Economics for seven years. He holds a BA, MA, and PhD in Commerce Management from Hitotsubashi University. Professor Nishimura has served as a committee member of the Japan Patent Office, and has published numerous articles on various patent issues. While on his sabbatical at UW Law, Professor Nishimura studies the harmonization of patent law and the patenting behavior of Japanese firms in relation to the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act of 2011.

•Takuya Yasui recently graduated from UW Law’s Intellectual Property LLM, and will continue his studies with us as a Visiting Scholar. Mr. Yasui has worked for the Japan Patent Office for nine years, and he holds a BS and MS in Pharmaceutical Science from the University of Tokyo, in addition to being a qualified pharmacist. Mr. Yasui continues his research on the topic of patent protection of human genes by analyzing impending decisions from the US Supreme Court and European Patent Office. He aims to use this research to aid Japan in establishing a more efficient IP system, and offering solutions and guidelines for possible disputes of gene patents.