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Staff Members

Founder/Partner
(Patent Attorney)

President/Partner
(Patent Attorney)

Takao Watanuki Takashi Okamura
Takao Watanuki
*Has worked as a patent attorney and an intellectual property navigator for about 45 years.
*Has worked to support patent application services, R&D including treatment of ideas and intellectual property management including intellectual property strategies.
*Worked as a Mayor of Nakano City, Nagano for eight years.
*Worked as a School Board Chairman of Nagano Prefecture.
*Taking advantage of human networks.
Takashi Okamura
*Particular Fields: mechanics & electronics.
*Studied mechanics in a grad school.
*Belonged to a private company and engaged in R&D and management of intellectual properties (e.g., applications, intermediate arguments, license contracts, R&D contracts with universities, countermeasures to infringements, a staff member of an inquiry section)
*Advising intellectual property strategies, in a broad context, by making use of experiences in the company.
*Became the General Manager in April 2010.
*Being a part-time instructor at Shinshu University (intellectual property).
                                      

Vice President (Patent Attorney)

Masahiko Denda
Masahiko Denda

*Particular Fields: electronics, electrics & information engineering.
*Worked for an electric equipment manufacturer after graduating university (electronic information study) and engaged in electronic circuit design.
*Having charge of domestic and international applications relating to electrics, mechanics, software, and trademarks.
*Having a long experience of patent search.
*Being a part-time instructor at Shinshu University (intellectual property).

Adviser (Patent Attorney)

Kazuharu Horigome Kazuharu Horigome
*Has worked as a patent attorney and an intellectual property navigator for about 20 years.
*Having a detailed knowledge of not only domestic procedures of patents, utility models, designs, and trademarks but also international procedures thereof.
*Having extensive experiences about lawsuits.
*Gaining considerable credibility with clients by reliable advice.
*Instructing the staff members as Adviser, having a responsibility for business affairs and always giving consideration to upskilling of the staff members.
*Registered as an attorney for infringement lawsuit in 2004.

Patent Section (Patent Attorney)

Yoshihiro Hirai Yoshihiro Hirai
*Particular Fields: electrics & mechanics.
*Worked for a patent service firm in Tokyo after graduating university.
*Made specifications of major OA equipment manufacturers (e.g., printer, copier, facsimile) in the firm.
*Having charge of technologies relating to semiconductors, motors, and amusement equipment.
*Being capable of correctly understanding inventions, quickly resolving problems and empathically advising.
*Having a detailed knowledge of not only domestic procedures of patent and utility model but also international procedures thereof.

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