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Patent Attorney Kenji Tachibana

Kenji Tachibana

  • Specialties and Expertise

    As a student, Kenji Tachibana conducted research into optimization algorithms under themes such as genetic algorithms, neural networks and fuzzy logic. After graduating from school, he joined a foreign-owned company called P&G, where he was responsible for a wide range of work, including product research and other research and development on production technologies. He also has experience working as a member of a multi-national team. He specializes in patent application filing, examination responses, judgments (appraisals), and infringement cases in the machinery and electricity fields. He is also well acquainted with patent application filing and examination responses in the U.S. as a result of his experience working at a patent and law firm in the U.S. Recently, Kenji Tachibana has studied cost-effective methods for patent application filing and examination responses in Europe, the United States, China, etc. He has also written many books and articles and given many lectures on this theme.

  • Technical fields of experience

    His technical fields of experience include controllers, electronic devices, networks, machine tools, general machinery, semiconductor equipment, laser printers, batteries, photographic devices, software, game devices, motors, sporting goods, electronic circuits, transmissions, medical equipment, and household goods.

  • Languages used

    Japanese and English
  • Qualifications

    2002 Registered as a patent attorney
    2005 Granted limited recognition to prosecute patent applications and other miscellaneous matters in the U.S.

  • Education and career history

    1993 Graduated from the Department of Production Machinery Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Kobe University
    1995 Completed a course at the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering, Kobe University
    1995 Joined Procter & Gamble Far East Inc. (currently, Procter & Gamble Japan)
    2001 Joined Saegusa and Partners
    2002 Registered as a patent attorney
    2004 to 2005 Received practical training at Armstrong, Kratz, Quintos, Hanson, & Brooks, LLP
    2005 Passed the Patent Bar Examination
    2008 Part-time lecturer, Graduate School of Law and Politics, Osaka University (Intellectual Property Program)
    2010 Visiting Professor, Intellectual Property Center, Osaka University
    2011 Established LEXIA PARTNERS
Books

Practice of Preparing US Patent Specifications and Responding to Examinations (second revised edition)(Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry, 2014)

Patent Law, coauthored, (Yuhikaku Publishing Co., Ltd., 2013)

Patent Application Filing Strategies and Practice of Responding to Examinations in Japan, the U.S., Europe, and China(JIII, 2011)

Practice of Preparing US Patent Specifications and Responding to Examinations (Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry, 2009)

Comprehensive Guide to Car Electronics, coauthored (Technical Information Institute, Co., Ltd., 2007)

Must Read for Patent Practitioners! A Guide to Patent Practices, coauthored (Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry, 2006)

Articles

“Recent Judicial Precedent Judgments on IDS and Information Provision Systems of Each Country” (Intellectual Property Prism, December 2010 issue)

“Strategy and Practice of Responding to Examinations for Acquiring Rights Intended for Multinational Application: Focusing on Application in Japan, the United States, Europe, and China” (The Lawyers, Vol. 7, No. 10, October 2010)

“Reconsideration of IDS” (LES JAPAN, April 2010)

“The Disposable Thermal Body Wrap Case: Handling Well-known Art” (Intellectual Property Prism, March 2010 issue)

“Is the Expression ‘In Real-Time’ Interpreted Literally to Mean ‘Instantaneously’?” (Intellectual Property Prism, July 2009 issue)

“For Means-Plus-Function Claim Fully Describing a Structure Indicating a Function with the Expression ‘Means,’ the Assumption for Applying Paragraph (6) of Article 112 is Reversed” (Intellectual Property Prism, June 2008 issue)

“The First USPTO Examination Case to Take into Consideration the Supreme Court Ruling on KSR v. Teleflex” (Intellectual Property Prism, September 2007 issue)

“Comparison of Invalidity Decision between Court and Invalidation Trial at the JPO”(World IP Report, BNA)

“Everything Starts with a Japanese Specification as the Source of Translation: What Can Be Done to Reduce Unnecessary Office Actions?-” (Right Now, February 2007 issue)

“Interpreting the Wording of Patent Claims: Should the Meaning of the Word ‘Block’ Include ‘Fieldstone’?” (Companies and Inventions, August 2006 issue)

“A Case Study of a Japanese Court’s Judgment on a Patent Infringement in the U.S.” co-authored with Iichiro Yamada, a patent attorney (Companies and Inventions, October 2004 issue)

Lectures

“Points to be Noted in Preparing Patent Specifications and Responding to Examinations in the U.S.” (Patent Attorneys Cooperative Association of Japan, 2014)

“Patent Application Strategies and Practice of Examination Responses in Japan, the U.S., Europe, and China: Measures for Maintaining Quality and Reducing Costs in Multinational Applications” (Association of Intellectual Property Education, 2013)

“The Pitfalls of Overseas Expansion” (An intellectual property promotion and awareness caravan hosted by the Kansai Bureau of Economy, Trade and Industry, 2013)

“An Investigation of the Revised United States Patent Law and Effective Application Filing: The Practice of Preparing Specifications and Responding to Examinations for Effective Rights Acquisition” (Osaka Institute of Invention and Innovation, 2013)

Acted as a moderator for a panel discussion entitled “The Revised United States Patent Law and Japan’s Response” (international intellectual property symposium hosted by Osaka University IPrism, 2013)

“2013 Development Seminar for Innovation Managers” (Research Center for Industry Innovation and Osaka City University Incubator, 2013)

“Patent Application Filing Strategy and Practice of Responding to Examinations in Japan, the U.S., Europe, and China” (Japan Institute for Promoting Invention and Innovation, 2013)

“Patent Application Filing Strategy and Practice of Responding to Examinations in Japan, the U.S., Europe, and China” (Kansai Patent Attorneys Study Group, 2012)

“The Present State of and Issues in the Patent Examination Highway (Panel Discussion)” (Osaka University IPrism, 2012)

“The Views of Patent Attorneys: An Ideal Patent Translator Suggested by Clients” (International Language Center, 2012)

“All of the Draft Rules for the Revised United States Patent Law and New Practical Points to be Noted” (Kinki Headquarters, Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry, 2012)

“Application Filing in Japan with a View to Filing Applications Overseas” (JPAA Training Center, 2012)

“Practice of Preparing Specifications and Responding to Examinations in Japan, the U.S., Europe, and China” (Osaka Institute of Invention and Innovation, 2011)

“Specification Quality Improvements and Cost Reductions in Multinational Applications” (ICPL, 2011)

“Practical Seminar on Strategic Intermediate Procedures (Electrical and Mechanical)” (Osaka Institute of Invention and Innovation, 2011)

“Multinational Patent Applications and Patent, Utility Model, and Design in China: Practice of Acquiring Rights and Responding to Infringements” (Hiroshima Institute of Invention and Innovation, 2011)

“The Revised United States Patent Law” (Kinki Headquarters, Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry, 2011)

“The Revised United States Patent Law” (JPAA Kinki Branch Office, 2011)

“The United States Patent Law” (JPAA Shikoku Branch Office, 2011)

“Practical Points in Foreign Patent Strategies” (Department of Management of Technology and Intellectual Property, Graduate School of Medicine, Kyoto University, 2010)

“Handling Intellectual Deliverables: From the Viewpoint of intellectual Property” (Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry [Osaka], 2010)

“Effective and Economical Responses to Article 103 (Office Action), Etc.” (JPAA [Osaka], 2010)

“The Views of Patent Attorneys: An Ideal Translator Suggested by Patent Translation Clients” (International Language Center [Osaka], 2010)

“Standardization Strategies for Patent Application Filing in Japan, the U.S., Europe, and China” (JIII, 2010)

“Standardization Strategies for Patent Application Filing in Japan, the U.S., and Europe” (Technical Information Institute, Co., Ltd., 2010)

“Practical Points in Foreign Patent Strategies: Points to Note in US Patent Applications” (Department of Management of Technology and Intellectual Property, Graduate School of Medicine, Kyoto University, 2009)

“Comparison of JP & US Prosecution Practice E(AIPLA Annual Mtg. ,2009)

“Practice of Preparing US Patent Specifications and Responding to Examinations to Reduce Unnecessary Office Actions” (JIII, 2009)

“Practical Points in Foreign Patent Strategies: Points to be noted Note in US Patent Applications” (Department of Management of Technology and Intellectual Property, Graduate School of Medicine, Kyoto University, 2008)

“Specification Preparation Exercise (Machinery Edition)” (New employee training by JPAA, 2008)

E008 Patent Reform in Japan E(AIPLA Annual Mtg. ,2008)

“Practice of Preparing US Patent Specifications and Responding to Examinations” (JIII, 2008)

“Practical Points in Foreign Patent Strategies: Points to Note in US Patent Applications” (Department of Management of Technology and Intellectual Property, Graduate School of Medicine, Kyoto University, 2007)

“New Examination Guideline on Unity of Invention and Amendment E(AIPLA Annual Mtg., 2007)<br /> “Specification Preparation Exercise (Machinery Edition)” (New employee training by JPAA, 2007)

“Practice of Preparing US Patent Specifications and Responding to Examinations” (JIII, 2007)

“The Relationship between Correction to Patent and Invalidation Trial E(AIPLA Mid-Winter Institute ,2007)

“Trends in In-vehicle Camera Patents” (Technical Information Institute, Co., Ltd., 2006)

“Comparison of Invalidity Decision between Court and Invalidation Trial at the JPO E(AIPLA Annual Mtg. ,2006)

“Specification Preparation Exercise (Machinery Edition)” (New employee training by JPAA, 2006)

“The Revised US Patent Law and US Patent Specification Preparation” (JIII, 2006)

“International Applications” (Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry, 2006)

“Amendment Practice in Japan E(AIPLA Mid-Winter Institute ,2006)

“Claim construction under the Japanese practice E(AIPLA Annual Mtg. ,2005)

“Trends in In-vehicle Camera Patents” (Technical Information Institute, Co., Ltd., 2005)

In addition to the above, Kenji Tachibana has given many other LEXIA Intellectual Property seminars and in-company training sessions (on the patent system, foreign patent systems, etc.).

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Patent Attorney Michiko Yamashita

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  • Specialties and Expertise

    Michiko Yamashita specializes in patent application filing and dealing with examinations in the fields of software and machinery in Japan and overseas.

  • Technical fields of experience

    Her technical fields of experience include software, network systems, air-conditioning equipment, precision instruments, image processing, digital cameras, electricity, and household goods.

  • Languages used

    Japanese and English
  • Qualifications

    2010 Registered as a patent attorney

  • Education and career history

    2001 Graduated from the Undergraduate School of Global Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Kyoto University
    2003 Completed the Department of Social Informatics, Graduate School of Informatics, Kyoto University
    2003 Joined SHUSAKU·YAMAMOTO
    2004 Joined Shinju Global IP
    2010 Registered as a patent attorney
    2011 Joined LEXIA PARTNERS

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Patent Attorney Tsuyoshi Masuda

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  • Specialties and Expertise

    Tsuyoshi Masuda specializes in patent application filing and examination responses in the fields of electricity and machinery (related to software, in particular) in Japan and overseas.

  • Technical fields of experience

    His technical fields of experience include web services, electronic coupons, social networking-related fields, image processing, form management, analysis programs, memory control, car navigation-related fields, monitoring systems, window glass-related fields, solar cells, semiconductor devices, packaging, and medical equipment.

  • Qualifications

    2010 Registered as a patent attorney

  • Education and career history

    2006 Graduated from the Computer Science Course, School of Informatics and Mathematical Science, Faculty of Engineering, Kyoto University
    2010 Joined IP Firm SHUWA
    2010 Registered as a patent attorney
    2013 Joined LEXIA PARTNERS
    2013 to present Specially Appointed Associate Professor, Intellectual Property Center, Osaka University

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Patent Attorney Yuko Okoba

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  • Specialties and Expertise

    Patent application in domestic and foreign electric and mechanical fields, Judging response.

  • Qualifications

    2017 Registered as a patent attorney

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  • Education and career history

    2006 Graduated from the Undergraduate School of Engineering Science, Faculty of Engineering, Kyoto University
    2006 Joined a company
    2016 Joined LEXIA PARTNERS
    2017 Registered as a patene attorney

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Patent attorney Satoshi Fujiwara

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  • Specialties and Expertise

    Satoshi Fujiwara specializes in patent application filing and examination responses in the fields of electricity and machinery in Japan and overseas.

  • Technical fields of experience

    His technical fields of experience include hybrid vehicle (charge control, battery control, engine control etc.), audio-video equipment (digital camera, blu-ray disc recorder, TV, broadcast equipment, beamer etc.), semiconductor, antenna, and household goods.

  • Languages used

    Japanese and English
  • Qualifications

    2006 Registered as a patent attorney

  • Education and career history

    2004 Graduated from the Department of Information and Computer Science, Faculty of Science and Technology, Keio University
    2006 Completed the School of Science for Open and Environmental Systems, Graduate School of Science and Technology, Keio University
    2006 Joined Panasonic Corporation
    2006 Registered as a patent attorney
    2015 Joined Fukami Patent Office
    2017 Joined LEXIA PARTNERS

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