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Noboru Fujimoto

Mr. Noboru Fujimoto is a founder of Fujimoto & Associates, and continuously works for the firm as a senior partner. He also established Nets Co., Ltd. and Patra Co., Ltd. Through this successive establishments of the IP-related companies, he organized Sun Group to totally support our client's business activities through consecutive IP-related services. He mainly concentrates on litigation cases particularly in the fields of various industrial machinery and equipment, as well as various industrial designs. He handled more than 100 litigation cases since 1974, through which our firm enjoys a good reputation in this area. He also concentrates on negotiations for licensing and assignment of patent, design and trademark rights. For the past decades, he lectured on business strategy based upon various legal matters for Japanese leading companies in pharmaceutical, chemical and machinery industries. He has been often invited by Universities located in Osaka area to lecture on IP matters as a regular lecturer. He is a member of AIPPI.

Academic background

1969 Graduated from Kansai University, Faculty of Law

Specialized field

Mechanics; Industrial designs; and IP-related legal affairs (expert testimony, contract and negotiation)

Career

1994 Vice President of Japan Patent Attorneys Association (JPAA)
1998 ADR committee member of Institute of Intellectual Property
2000 Lecturer for Japan Intellectual Property Association
* Lecturer at JPAA Training Institute
* Lecturer at Kinki University
* Lecturer at Osaka City Guidance Center

Hiroaki Nakatani (Partner)

Mr. Nakatani is a partner in the firm's Chemical Engineering Practice Group. Prior to joining Fujimoto & Associates, 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 technique of brocade cloth and resin finishing technique. In the firm, he extensively works for pharmaceutical and chemical industries. Mr. Nakatani is responsible for patent application preparation and prosecution in chemical field, as well as providing opinions of patent validity and infringement.

Education

Kobe University, Faculty of Engineering, School of Science & Engineering, Department of Technochemistry (1996)

Specialized fields

Chemistry (organic chemistry, fiber engineering)

Shinichi Nomura (Partner)

Education

Graduated from Kansai University with a master's degree in engineering

Specialized fields

Design, Unfair Competition, etc.

Yuichi Koyama

Education

Graduated from Osaka Prefecture University with a master's degree in chemical engineering

Specialized fields

Chemistry, Chemical machinery, etc.

Akira Kitada

Education

Graduated from Kansai University with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering

Specialized fields

Mechanics (mechanics of materials) , etc.

Rioko Shirai

Education

Graduated from Kobe University with a bachelor's degree in economics

Specialized fields

Trademark, Unfair Competition, Unfair Copyright, etc.

Shigeyuki Tanaka

Education

Graduated from Kwansei Gakuin University with a bachelor's degree in literature department

Specialized fields

Trademark, Unfair Competition, Unfair Copyright, etc.

Hiroyuki Okawa

Education

Graduated from Ehime University with a bachelor's degree in production machinery engineering

Specialized fields

Mechanics, Control engineering, etc.

Shinji Nitto

Education

Graduated from Kyoto University with a bachelor's degree in pharmaceutical sciences

Specialized fields

Chemistry, pharmaceutical sciences, etc.

Takaaki Ishii

Education

Graduated from Kinki University with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering

Specialized fields

Design, etc.

Satoshi Kume

Education

Graduated from Kyoto University, Faculty of Science, Department of Chemistry

Specialized fields

Packaging materials, cement products, catalytic substances, medical devices

Midori Yamamoto

Education

Graduated from Kobe University, Graduate School of Science and Technology

Specialized fields

Lithium-ion secondary batteries, separation membranes, industrial tools, and sporting goods

Yu Yamamoto

Education

Kyoto University, Graduate School of Chemical Engineering

Specialized fields

Chemical machinery and pharmaceutical sciences

Hideaki Sanjo

Education

The University of Tokyo, MS, Department of Chemical System Engineering

Specialized fields

Chemical field including environmental chemistry

Nanae Kitamura

Education

Kwansei Gakuin University, School of Law, Department of Law

Specialized fields

International trademark and design rights

Kasumi Yokota

Education

Tokyo Institute of Technology Graduate School of Science and Engineering

Specialized fields

Inorganic chemistry and organic chemistry

Zhan Xin

Education

Graduated from Dalian University of Technology, School of Mechanical Engineering

Specialized fields

Automobiles, construction machinery, spinning machinery and medical machinery

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