DAI-ICHI INTERNATIONAL PATENT OFFICE Patent, Utility Model, Design, Trademark

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About us

Since its foundation of 1991, Dai-ichi International Patent Office has been providing highly professional and high-quality service not only to companies in Japan but also to companies all over the world, with our experienced patent attorneys having experience as a patent examiner and administrative judge in Japanese Patent Office.

Specifically, with respect to the fields of information communication technology (ITC), software, other electronics field, and mechanical technology, we have many personnel with advanced technical knowledge.

As for Trademarks and Industrial Designs, we provide high-quality service meeting the diversified needs of clients, with our patent attorneys and staffs with expertise in legal system in Japan and in countries abroad.

Recently, Japanese Patent Office is focusing on shortening the examination period, and is currently providing one of the fastest examination in the world. Also, backed up by the frequent revisions of relevant laws, Japanese Patent Office is realizing the cutting-edge prosecution, including, but not limited to, PPH (Patent Prosecution Highway), Super accelerated examination, and consolidated examination.

Practice Area

Filing applications for Patents, Utility Models, Designs, and Trademarks to JPO, handling trials against examiner's decision of refusal (appeal) and trials for invalidation, participate in suit against appeal/trial decision, national phase entry of PCT applications, filing responses to Notification of Provisional Refusal for trademark applications under the Madrid Protocol, filing requests for restoration of rights, etc.

1. Best practice provided by former Examiners and former Administrative Judges

Our firm provides your clients with best practice for obtaining IP rights at JPO, through patent attorneys with experiences as Examiners and Administrative Judges, and with great familiarity in actual practices within JPO.

The examination practice in Japan is performed along the laws and guidelines that are found in the right-side banner of this page. However, in order to best correspond to the office actions issued by the Examiners, it is important to interpret the intention of the Examiner behind the office action deeply.

Our expert patent attorneys match the content of the office action and the desire of the client, on the basis of the long experience as Examiners and Administrative Judges, propose advices and amendments in order to maximize the benefit of your client, and execute the entrusted work steadily.

Another specialty of our office is that we utilize interviews with the Examiners and Administrative Judges actively.

2. Precise translation

One of the major reasons that prevent the foreign Applicants from obtaining IP rights in JPO is improper translation.

In our office, the patent attorney in charge manages the translation strictly, and prepares precise Japanese translation that readily accepted by the Examiners and Administrative Judges in Japan with time and care.

3. Business flow

Upon receiving a request to file an application, we will absolutely file the application within the period of priority.

In case an office action is issued, we will provide the comments and the like to the client along a rough flow identified below.

Issuance of office action from JPO

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around 10 days English translation of office action is sent to your office

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around 3 weeks Advices such as comments, arguments, proposed claim amendment from the patent attorney in charge is sent in English to your office

In case of foreign Applicants, the response to JPO must be submitted within 3 months from the date of dispatch of the office action. One-month extension up to 3 months is total is available.

In order to prepare full and complete response to JPO, our office requests the instruction for responding to office action be given no later than 10 working days before the due date.

Contact

DAI-ICHI INTERNATIONAL PATENT OFFICE

e-mail:gyomu_gaikoku@daiichi-ipo.or.jp

5-12 Iwamotocho 3-chome, Chiyoda-ku Tokyo 101-0032 JAPAN

PHONE: +81-3-5835-5311FAX: +81-3-5835-5312

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On foot 10 minutes from No.4 exit of subway Hibiya Line and JR Line "Akihabara" Station.

On foot 4 minutes from A5 exit of subway Toei Shinjyuku Line "Iwamotocho" Station.

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Our People

Patent attorney

Kazuo SEKI Yoshiaki NUMAGATA Yasue NUMAGATA
Shinji IWASAKI Masaomi NAGAI Taro ISHIKAWA
Kenichi KOBAYASHI Masao SAWADA Jiro HAYASHI
Masami HARADA Hajime ENOKI

Patent Engineer

Kazuyuki IZUMI Kikue MINAKA Andrew BROSCOFF

Paralegal

Noriko NARUSE Minako TAKEUCHI Masako NUMAGATA

Kazuo SEKI

KazuoSEKI

Managing Partner, Patent Attorney Member of the AIPPI, Member of the APAA

Areas of Practice:

Semiconductor, Electronics

Education:

University of Electro-Communications (BE 1982)

Past Employment Positions:

Japan Patent Office (1982- 2013)

Director General, Patent Examination Department (Electronic Technology)

Director, Trial & Appeal Division

Patent Examiner

Japan-China Economic Association Beijing office (1998-2001)

Director, Intellectual Property Office

Institute of Intellectual Property (2001-2003)

Director, Research Department

Industrial Property Cooperation Center (2005-2007)

Managing Director, Policy & Planning Department

Yoshiaki NUMAGATA

YoshiakiNUMAGATA

Representative Partner, Patent Attorney

Areas of Practice:

Aircraft Interior, Machine Tool, Railway Vehicle, Air Conditioner

Education:

Nihon University (BE 1963) Aeronautical Engineering
University of Minnesota (1976-1977) Computer Science

Past Employment Positions:

Japan Patent Office (1966-1988)

Administrative Judge

Patent Examiner

Japan External Trade Center Toronto Canada (1980-1984)

Director of Technology and Energy

Yasue NUMAGATA

YasueNUMAGATA

Partner, Patent Attorney

Areas of Practice:

Mechanics (copy machines, etc.), Trademarks, Designs

Education:

Japan Women’s University (BS 1966)

Past Employment Positions:

Japan Patent Office (1966-1971)

Patent Examiner

Private Patent Office(1979-1987)

Shinji IWASAKI

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Patent Attorney

Areas of Practice:

Electricity, Information processing, Data storage

Education:

Nagoya Institute of Technology (BE 1977, Electrical Engineering)
Kyushu University (ME 1979, Electrical Engineering)

Past Employment Positions:

Japan Patent Office (1979-2012)

Chief Administrative Judge (Department head)

Administrative Judge

Patent Examiner

Intellectual Property High Court (2005-2008)

Researcher

Masaomi NAGAI

MasaomiNAGAI

Patent Attorney

Areas of Practice:

Mechanical and electronic technologies

Education:

Tokyo University of Science (BE 1995, Mechanical Engineering)
Tokyo University of Science (ME 1997, Mechanical Engineering)

Past Employment Positions:

Matsuyama Co., Ltd. (1997-2003)

Taro ISHIKAWA

Taro ISHIKAWA

Patent Attorney

Areas of Practice:

Mechanics, Medical device

Education:

University of Tokyo (BE 1993)
University of Tokyo (ME 1995)

Past Employment Positions:

Japan Patent Office (1995-2013)

Administrative Judge

Patent Examiner

Embassy of Japan in Morocco (2006-2009)

Chief of Economic Division

Private Patent Office (2014-2016)

Kenichi KOBAYASHI

Kenichi KOBAYASHI

Patent Attorney

Areas of Practice:

Mechanical and Optical technologies

Education:

Tohoku University, Department of Technology (BE1981, Precision Engineering)

Past Employment Positions:

Hino Motors Co., Ltd. (1981-1986)

Okabe International Patent Office (1987-1996)

Masao SAWADA

Masao SAWADA

Patent Attorney

Areas of Practice:

Semiconductor, IT, Medical equipment

Education:

Tokyo University of Education: Master’s Degree (physics)

Past Employment Positions:

Japan Patent Office

Study of electronics at Pennsylvania State University (1980-1981)

Chiyoda International Business Law Firm (1985-1987)

Philips Japan Co, Ltd.(1987-1998)

General Manager of Legal Department

Sawada & Associates (1998-2010)

Ashida & Kimura Patent Attorneys (2010-2017)

Jiro HAYASHI

Jiro HAYASHI

Patent Attorney

Areas of Practice:

Trademark

Education:

Aoyama Gakuin University, College of Literature

Past Employment Positions:

Japan Patent Office(1971-2009)

Chief Administrative Judge (Department head)

Director, Trademark Division

Director, Machinery Division(Trademark)

Director, International Trademark Application Division

Polaire Intellectual Property Corporation (2009-2018)

Masami HARADA

Masami HARADA

Patent Attorney

Areas of Practice:

Design

Education:

Chiba University of Engineering (ME 1983)

Past Employment Positions:

Japan Patent Office(1983- 2014)

Chief Administrative Judge

Senior Director, Industrial Machinery Division(Design Examination Division)

Director, Household Equipment Division(Design Examination Division)

Director, Design Registration System Planning Office

Design Examiner

Hajime ENOKI

Hajime ENOKI

Patent Attorney

Areas of Practice:

Artificial Intelligence, Programming, Image Processing, Imaging Device, Camera, Electronic Circuit, Control Engineering

Education:

Waseda University (BE 1983, Electrical Engineering)

Waseda University (ME 1985, Electrical Engineering)

Past Employment Positions:

Sony Corporation (1985- 1989) Video Signal Circuit Development

Furuya International Patent Office (1993- 2007) Patent Engineer

Japan Patent Office (2007- 2017) Patent Examiner

Andrew BROSCOFF

Andrew BROSCOFF

Patent Engineer

Areas of Practice:

Distributed Computing, IoT, Software, Information Processing, Communication Systems

Education:

Gustavus Adolphus College (MN, USA)-Bachelor of Arts- Physics (2013)
Kansai Gaidai University Japanese Studies Program (Hirakata-shi, Osaka) (2012)

Past Employment Positions:

Served as an Assistant Team Lead at the IBM Rochester Patent Center before moving to Japan in 2015.
Employed in the Intellectual Property Department of Disco Corporation until 2016.
Began collaborating with Dai-ichi International Patent Office in 2017.

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