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Representative PartnerNoboru Fujimoto

Mr. Noboru Fujimoto is a founder and an acting senior partner of Fujimoto & Partners. Mr. Fujimoto established the intellectual property services companies Nets Co., Ltd. and Patra Co., Ltd, the success of which allowed him to found the umbrella organization Sun Group to fully support our clients’ business and intellectual property-related needs.
Mr. Fujimoto specializes in litigation cases particularly in the fields of industrial machinery and equipment, as well as industrial design. He has effectively litigated more than one hundred cases, establishing Fujimoto & Partners as a leader in IP enforcement and protection in Japan.
Mr. Fujimoto also specializes in negotiations for licensing and assignment of patent, design and trademark rights. For the past several decades, he has lectured on the relationship between law and business strategy at numerous companies including those from the leading Japanese pharmaceutical, chemical and machinery industries. He is also regularly invited to speak at universities in the Osaka area on intellectual property law. He is a member of AIPPI.

-Education:
Kansai University, Faculty of Law
-Specialized field:
Mechanics, Industrial designs, and IP-related legal affairs (expert testimony, contract and negotiation)
-Professional Activities:
1994    Vice President of Japan Patent Attorneys Association (JPAA)
1999    President of JPAA Kinki Branch
2000    President of JPAA Kinki Branch
2002    Award winning of Medal with Yellow Ribbon
2004-2005 Provisional Member of the JPO's Advisory Panel for the Industrial Property
Representative Partner

Hiroaki NakataniPartner

Mr. Hiroaki Nakatani is a partner in the 1st Patent Group. Prior to joining Fujimoto & Partners, he worked for a manufacturing company that is engaged with cotton spinning, dyeing, finishing of fibers and manufacturing of various chemical products. In the company, he was involved in developing dyeing techniques for cloth, and resin finishing techniques. After he joined Fujimoto & Partners, he has worked extensively with companies from the pharmaceutical and chemical industries on the development of their intellectual property rights. Mr. Nakatani prepares and prosecutes patent applications, particularly in the chemical industry, and further provides patent validity and infringement opinions.

-Education:
Kobe University, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Technochemistry
-Specialized field:
Organic chemistry, Fiber engineering, etc.
-Professional Activities:
2009 Chairman of Patent Attorney Regulation Committee of JPAA Kinki Branch
2013-2018 Member of Patent System Operation Consultation Committee of JPAA
2019 Member of Patent Committee of JPAA
Member of Asian Patent Attorneys Association (APAA)
Shinichi NomuraPartner

Mr. Shinichi Nomura joined Fujimoto & Partners in 2004 and is a partner in the Design Group. Prior to joining Fujimoto & Partners, he worked in the IP department of a company that manufactures iron products, cast steel products, steel structural components, machine products, etc. After he joined Fujimoto & Partners, he handles prosecution of design applications, appeals and trials, prepares opinions of design registrability and infringement, and counsels clients concerning IP-related matters particularly in design field. He has experienced in design practice of housing equipment, furniture, office supplies, automobile tires, sporting goods, etc.

-Education:
Kansai University, Graduate School of Engineering, Mechanical Engineering Department
-Specialized field:
Industrial Design
-Professional Activities:
2007-   Member of Design Committee of JPAA
2009-2011 Vice chairman of Design Committee of JPAA
2012    Chairman of Design Committee of JPAA
2012-   Trainer for legal apprentices at JPAA
2013-   Vice chairman of Design Committee of JPAA
Member of Asian Patent Attorneys Association (APAA)
Yuichi KoyamaAssociate

Mr. Yuichi Koyama works in the International Group. He joined Fujimoto & Partners in 1999. Prior to joining Fujimoto & Partners, he worked for a manufacturing company as an engineer for planning and designing new material recycling systems and plants. After he joined Fujimoto & Partners, he handles patent prosecution, appeals and trials, and prepares opinions of patent validity and infringement, and counsels clients concerning IP-related matters. He has experienced in patent practice of chemical engineering field, such as water-treatment plant, incinerating plant, and other technical field, such as batteries, cement and concrete products, optical film, etc.
※From 2011 to 2012, he worked in the Patent Law Firm in the United States as a trainee and handled many patent prosecutions before the USPTO.

-Education:
Osaka Prefecture University with master’s degree in chemical engineering
-Specialized field:
Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, etc.
-Professional Activities:
2012-2016 Member of International Affairs Committee of JPAA Kinki Branch
Member of Asian Patent Attorneys Association (APAA)
-My principles:
I will provide the most ardent IP service possible for my clients.
Akira KitadaAssociate

Mr. Akira Kitada works in the firm’s 3rd Patent Group. Prior to joining Fujimoto & Partners, he was involved in designing tools for manufacturing parts of airplanes and rockets, as well as program designing in an industrial design company. After he joined Fujimoto & Partners, he handles mainly patent prosecution, provides patent validity and infringement opinions, and counsels clients concerning IP-related matters, particularly in the machinery field. He has experienced in patent practice of printing press, linear actuator, motor, medicine dividing and packing machine, etc.

-Education:
Kansai University, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Mechanical Systems Engineering
-Specialized field:
Mechanics (strength of material)
-Professional Activities:
2011-2018 Member of Patent Committee of JPAA
2012-2015 Vice chairman of Patent Committee of JPAA
2016    Chairman of Patent Committee of JPAA
2017-2018 Vice chairman of Patent Committee of JPAA
2019    Member of Intellectual property management center of JPAA
-My principles:
For my clients, I will employ creative IP solutions until all avenues are exhausted.
Rioko ShiraiAssociate

Ms. Rioko Shirai works in the firm's Trademark Group. She is very experienced in preparation, filing and prosecution of trademark applications, preparation of trademark availability opinions, providing legal advice regarding trademarks and related unfair competition and copyright issues, trademark law, unfair competition law and copyright law for a wide variety of clients on a worldwide basis.

-Education:
Kobe University, Faculty of Economics
-Specialized field:
Trademark, Unfair competition, Copyright
-Professional Activities:
2011-2013 Member of Trademark Committee of JPAA 
2014    Member of Copyright Committee of JPAA
2015-2017 Vice chairman of Copyright Committee of JPAA
2014-2016 Trainer for Trademark apprentices(beginner class) at JPAA
2017    Trainer for Trademark apprentices(first step class) at JPAA
2017    Trainer for Copyright judgment at JPAA
2017-2019 Trainer for Trademark apprentices(step-up class) at JPAA
Member of Japan Trademark Association (JTA)
-My principles:
To satisfy my client’s needs, I will provide an effective method of obtaining and using IP rights from the filing stage to the post-issued stage.
Shigeyuki TanakaAssociate

Mr. Shigeyuki Tanaka works in the firm's Trademark Group. Prior to joining Fujimoto & Partners, he worked for a manufacturing company. After he joined Fujimoto & Partners, he is in charge of preparation, filing and prosecution of trademark applications, and preparation of trademark availability opinions.

-Education:
Kwansei Gakuin University with a bachelor's degree in literature department
-Specialized field:
Trademark, Unfair competition
-Professional Activities:
2014- Member of IP Spread & Suppor Committee of JPAA KANSAI Branch
2018  Vice chairman of IP Promotion and Support Committee of JPAA KANSAI Branch
Member of Japan Trademark Association (JTA)
-My principles:
I will do my best to provide useful advice and information for my clients in order for them to generate profit.
Hiroyuki OhkawaAssociate

Mr. Hiroyuki Ohkawa works in the firm’s 3nd Patent Group. He studied heat transfer engineering at the university. Prior to joining Fujimoto & Partners, he was involved in design work of cooling tower at a manufacturing company. After he joined Fujimoto & Partners, he is in charge of drafting and prosecuting patent applications in the mechanics and control engineering fields. He has experienced in patent practice of industrial machinery, food processing machinery, housing equipment, tool, etc.

-Education:
Ehime University with a bachelor's degree in production machinery engineering
-Specialized field:
Mechanics, Control engineering, etc.
-Professional Activities:
2008     Secretary of the External Affairs of Kansai Patent Attorneys Study Group(KTK)
2018-2019  Member of IP Spread & Suppor Committee of JPAA KANSAI Branch
-My principles:
I have gained valuable experience in both the sales and manufacturing departments while at the previous company. I am able to utilize this experience in order to further my work in IP.
Takaaki Ishii Associate

Mr. Takaaki Ishii works in the firm’s Design Group. He has rich experiences in filing and prosecuting design applications for articles in various fields, such as garments, household articles and equipments, amusement and entertainment articles, industrial machinery, and electronic devices.

-Education:
Kinki University, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering
-Specialized field:
Design, Unfair Competition, etc.
-Professional Activities:
2015-  Counselor of the intellectual property comprehensive support desks of Japan Patent Office(JPO)
2018   Member of Unfair Competition Prevention Act Committee of JPAA
2019-   Member of Design Committee of JPAA
-My principles:
My earnest desire is to give satisfaction to our clients wishing to enjoy the design protection for their various products.
Satoshi KumeAssociate

Mr. Satoshi Kume works in the firm’s 1st Patent Group. Prior to joining Fujimoto & Partners, he worked for a different patent law firm where he handled patent applications for domestic and international clients in the fields of resin composite materials and electronic components. He also engaged in a project where he prepared the Japanese translation of the summaries of US patent applications for the IPDL (Industrial Property Digital Library).

-Education:
Kyoto University, Faculty of Science, Department of Chemistry
-Specialized field:
Packaging materials, cement products, catalytic substances, medical devices,
-My principles:
Provide high quality services exceeding beyond clients’ expectation.
Yu YamamotoAssociate

Mr. Yu Yamamoto works in the 1st Patent Group. Prior to joining Fujimoto & Partners, he worked for a biotech company for six years as a researcher and then worked for a different patent law firm for seven years. He is in charge of drafting and prosecuting patent applications in chemical machinery and pharmaceutical fields. He has experienced in patent practice of semiconductors, pharmaceutical preparations, etc.

-Education:
Kyoto University, Graduate School of Chemical Engineering
-Specialized field:
Chemical machinery and pharmaceutical sciences
-My principles:
In order to meet the requirements of our clients in diversified fields of technology and earn the trust of them, I will keep studying the fields of technologies with which I am already familiar, but also those with which I am unfamiliar.
Hideaki SanjoAssociate

Mr. Hideaki Sanjo works in the 1st Patent Group. He is in charge of drafting and prosecuting patent applications in water treatment system, resin sheet, resin foam and varnish for industrial use, cement products, etc.

-Education:
The University of Tokyo, MS, Department of Chemical System Engineering
-Specialized field:
Chemical field including environmental chemistry
-My principles:
Keep it in mind to provide our clients with comprehensible advice, aiming at enabling them to find most preferable measures for efficient protection of their IP rights.
Nanae KitamuraAssociate

Ms. Nanae Kitamura works in the firm's International Group. She has long experiences in trademark applications and design applications in various countries including not only Asian countries and Western countries, but also Middle East countries, and Middle and South American countries, and is well aware of local practices in those countries, which contribute to effective protections of our client’s trademark and design rights.

-Education:
Kwansei Gakuin University, School of Law, Department of Law
-Specialized field:
International trademark and design rights
-My principles:
As an IP professional, I will provide our clients with high-quality services.
Kasumi YokotaAssociate

Ms. Kasumi Yokota works in the firm's 1st Patent Group. Prior to joining Fujimoto & Partners, she worked as a chemical engineer for a Japanese automobile company, where she engaged in R&D on purification catalyst for emissions from diesel vehicles, and then worked for two patent law firms where she prepared and prosecuted patent applications, particularly in the fields of inorganic chemistry , such as ceramics, catalytic filters and cement, organic chemistry, such as cleaning agents, coating materials, liquid crystal displays and printer inks, biochemistry, and metallic materials for domestic and international companies.

-Education:
Master's degree from Tokyo Institute of Technology Graduate School of Science and Engineering, Department of Chemistry
-Specialized field:
Inorganic chemistry and organic chemistry
-Professional Activities:
2015-2016 Member of Training center of JPAA
2017-2018 Member of Public relations center of JPAA
2019-    Vice chairman of Public relations center of JPAA
-My principles:
I will think together with our clients and make various proposals to them from not only the legal point of view but also the technical point of view when preparing and prosecuting patent applications on the basis of my technological knowledge and experiences obtained through the R&D activities in the company and the patent law firms.
Kazutoyo DokeiAssociate

Mr. Kazutoyo Dokei works in the firm's 1st Patent Group. Prior to joining Fujimoto & Partners, he worked as a chemical engineer for a Japanese chemical company, where he engaged in R&D on pharmaceutical intermediate synthesis and pharmaceutical stock solution synthesis.

-Education:
Kwanseigakuin University, Faculty of Science, Department of Chemistry
-Specialized field:
Organic chemistry, specifically synthesis of pharmaceutical stock solution and intermediate, and those for industrial applications, peptide synthesis, and sugar chemistry
-My principles:
I will draft a patent specification with care, taking into account various situations surrounding the clients to provide a high quality patent specification, and then do my best in prosecution of the patent application to obtain a patent right most suitable for the clients through tight contact with the clients.
Yoko OhnishiAssociate

Ms. Yoko Ohnishi works in the firm's Design Group. Prior to joining Fujimoto & Partners, she worked for several patent law firms where she experienced various office works including filing domestic applications, reporting official communications to the clients, attending payment of official fees for registration, attending recordation of the owners of IP rights, etc. After she was qualified as a patent attorney and joined Fujimoto & Partners, she mainly handles design applications. Specifically, she has been experiencing filing and prosecution of design applications for various industrial products, attempting to provide the clients with design rights suitable for the clients in various technological fields.

-Education:
Kobe University Graduate School of Law of Economic Relations
-Specialized field:
Design
-My principles:
I always endeavor to provide the clients with comprehensive and detailed advice. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions on design matters.
Zhan XinAssociate

Ms. Zhan Xin works in the firm’s International Group. She is a patent attorney licensed to practice in China. Prior to joining Fujimoto & Partners, she worked for a patent law firm in China from 2005 to 2014, where she accumulated experience in prosecution of Chinese patent applications, and hence has extensive knowledge of the Chinese patent practices. She is familiar with both the Chinese language and the Japanese language, and has technical backgrounds in mechanical engineering, medical machinery, etc. She devotes herself to provide both Chinese and Japanese clients with high quality services in the firm’s International Group on the basis of her experiences in Chinese patent law firm and our firm.

-Education:
Dalian University of Technology, School of Mechanical Engineering
-Specialized field:
Automobiles, construction machinery, spinning machinery and medical machinery
-My principles:
A journey of thousand miles may not be achieved without accumulation of each single step, just as the enormous ocean may not be formed without gathering every brook or stream.
Tatsuya KawasakiAssociate

Mr. Tatsuya Kawasaki works in the firm’s 2nd Patent Group. He has started his professional career at Fujimoto & Partners after graduated from the university. He takes on the prosecutions of patent applications including drafting the patent specification with enthusiasm to support the clients to achieve their desirable goals in the IP field.

-Education:
Osaka Institute of Technology, Faculty of Intellectual Property
-Specialized field:
Industrial machinery
-My principles:
Concentrate all my thoughts upon the work at hand.
Kensuke FujimotoAssociate

Mr. Kensuke Fujimoto works in the firm’s 2nd Patent Group. He has started his professional career at Fujimoto & Partners after graduated from the university. He is committed to ensuring the quality of patent applications including the patent specification to support the clients’ businesses.

-Education:
Osaka Institute of Technology, Faculty of Intellectual Property
-Specialized field:
Industrial machinery
-My principles:
Work hard to do the best possible job.
Takahiro Ikeda Associate

Mr. Takahiro Ikeda works in the firm’s International Patent Group. After graduated from the university, he worked as an engineer for an industrial gas manufacturing company where he engaged in R&D on air separation equipment. Prior to joining Fujimoto & Partners, he worked for a patent law firm in Osaka where he experienced as a patent attorney in drafting and prosecution work in various chemical materials. He passed the 1st Grade of the EIKEN Test in Practical English Proficiency, the highest grade in one of the most widely used English-language testing program in Japan, and currently focuses mainly on the international cases to provide high quality services for the international clients.

-Education:
Department of Chemical Science and Engineering Faculty of Engineering Graduate School of Engineering Kobe University
-Specialized field:
Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, etc.
-My principles:
I strive to understand the needs of our clients and provide high quality service.