AOYAMA & PARTNERS was founded in 1965. From its early days, the firm worked on many international cases thanks to its strong capabilities in the pharmaceutical field, and was involved in numerous intellectual property lawsuits both inside and outside Japan. The AOYAMA of today is a general patent attorneys' firm that has patent attorneys who are specialists in a range of areas including mechanical, electrical, chemical, and life sciences, as well as in the design and trademark fields. Thanks to this, we are able to respond to the diverse needs of our clients. Using our own proprietary computer systems that we have developed in conjunction with a software development company, we engage in painstaking deadline management, earning a great deal of trust from our clients.
Highly experienced attorneys with a diversity of specialisms
We are one of Japan's largest IP law firms, with a total staff of approximately 300 professionals, including over 100 patent attorneys. We cover all sectors ranging from mechanical, electrical, chemical and life sciences, to design and trademarks. This give us the capabilities to tackle all manner of IP related tasks, including applications, trials and litigation, both inside and outside Japan, in partnership with IP law firms in various countries. We also provide comprehensive IP services, including supporting universities and SMEs, doing research and making patent appraisals.
Vast experience in international applications and lawsuits
AOYAMA has a huge wealth of experience through our handling of patent applications in approximately 150 countries and being engaged in numerous lawsuits (several hundred Japanese lawsuits and about one hundred international lawsuits). We have been involved with many cuttingedge cases since our firm was established, while expanding our areas of expertise from life science technologies (which are prone to international disputes) to chemistry, electro-mechanics, and IT technologies. In April 2017, our legal department for handling litigation, disputes, IP consultation and the like was re-organized to strengthen our dispute resolution capabilities.
Let AOYAMA’s hand-picked teams meet your case’s specific needs
We generally assign at least one patent attorney to each client to act as liaison, to ensure that we can provide service that has both a personal touch and that is consistent. We always back our contact people up with teams that are made up of a flexible mix of personnel so that we can best serve our clients with regard to each case’s particular circumstances. Our team approach enables us to handle urgent tasks, international IP litigations and the like better, and it even allows to provide our clients with support for large-scale projects, such as, ventures into new fields of technologies. A particular case may cross over into multiple technological fields, and it is times like this when AOYAMA’s strength can really make a big difference as we have the capability to form cross-disciplinary teams to handle such cases. As a rule, we often form teams with a mix of attorneys from different generations as we find that doing so allows us to build long-term and seamless relationships with our clients.
Highly Secured Docketing System
Based on the knowledge and know-how we have built during our 50 years-plus of experience, we have built and introduced a uniquely customized docketing system. All of our procedures, deadlines, progress and more are recorded in the system by Formality Specialists not only for our Japanese cases, but also for all countries worldwide we file applications. As all procedures are docketed in the system, they can be listed and printed out in a timely fashion to provide reminders to all members involved in each case. We have a business continuity site at a remote location from our offices, enabling us to quickly and easily recover in the wake of a disaster.
AOYAMA’s extensive worldwide network of partner firms
We boast a global network comprising many general law firms and IP law firms from the world over that we have developed based on our 50 years-plus of experience. We have the capability to rapidly obtain IP information from all over the world, and immediately reflect such information in our daily work. We can provide our clients with work that is up-to-date and top quality with respect to law changes and new procedures both inside and outside Japan.
Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP is essentially a GP of IP, a true full-service IP firm with experts in every area of IP and every technology. A comprehensive approach to clients IP needs and Finnegan’s mega-boutique size underpin their year-to-year, decade-to-decade pre-eminence in IP litigation across all industries and tribunals.
From offices in the United States, Asia and Europe, Finnegan continues to be one of the world’s largest firms focusing on intellectual property law, practising all aspects of patent, trademark, copyright and trade secret law, representing clients on IP issues relating to US and European patent and trademark law, international trade, portfolio management, the Internet, cybersecurity, e-commerce, government contracts, antitrust and unfair competition.
Finnegan offers full-service IP legal and technical experience in virtually every industry and technology: biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, biologics and biosimilars, combination products, chemicals, oil and gas, electronics, semiconductors, computers and software, FinTech, Internet of Things (IoT), automotive, aerospace and aviation, industrial manufacturing, consumer products, food and beverage, outdoor recreation, sports and fitness, digital health, medical devices, clean energy and renewables, robotics, textiles, artificial intelligence (AI), and 3D printing.
More than 300 of Finnegan’s legal professionals hold degrees in scientific disciplines (65+ hold PhDs), more than 230 are registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), and more than 30 are former USPTO patent examiners.
Surveys conducted by legal and business publications rank Finnegan as one of the leading intellectual property law practices in the world. The firm is consistently ranked in the United States for contentious and prosecution trademark and patent work by publications including Managing Intellectual Property, Intellectual Asset Management, World Trademark Review, and The Legal 500, which has ranked Finnegan as a top tier firm in nearly every significant IP category since 2009. The publications cite the firm’s winning record, technical expertise and deep bench of talent in all aspects of IP litigation, including trials, appeals and proceedings at the US Patent and Trademark Office and US International Trade Commission investigations.
SUGIMURA, formerly known as SUGIMRUA International Patent and Trademark Attorneys is a leading intellectual property law firm in Japan which was founded in 1923. SUGIMURA has earned an international reputation for quality in Japanese IP prosecution and is repeatedly ranked among the top Japanese patent and trademark firms. As of March 1, 2017, SUGIMURA has re-launched as SUGIMURA & Partners, to reflect continued expansion of its services to newly formed legal division, which extends the quality and reputation from IP prosecution practice to IP litigation and dispute resolution practices.
SUGIMURA delivers results-oriented solutions and offers customized services tailored to clients’ needs. The firm ensures close collaboration among its practice groups in order to provide clients with comprehensive multidisciplinary patent and trademark protection across industry sectors. Their attorneys combine legal insight, technical expertise, and business acumen to deliver practical solutions and strategies for intellectual property protection in Japan.
RYUKA IP Law Firm is led by IP professionals with diverse backgrounds in many technical fields and expertise in a variety of jurisdictions. Our key practice areas include patents, trademarks, copyrights, licensing, designs, utility models, and litigation, with areas of technical specialty in electronics, telecommunications, software, optics, mechanical engineering, semiconductors, electronic materials, and chemicals. Ryuka’s visualization and consulting experts support inventors in the realization of their ideas and our talented patent attorneys and other IP practitioners work with professionalism to keep our clients’ valuable assets safe. Our clients can always expect a prompt response, and we have always demonstrated professionalism to meet our clients’ needs and expectations.
Our client list is extensive and varied, including well-established domestic and international companies, smaller startup organizations, and individual inventors. We aim to provide universally high quality service to all companies, regardless of their size or status, in an effort to contribute to the realization of their full business potential. Clients range from hands-on companies that research and develop ideas, to international law firms for whom we open doors to the Japanese IP system. The quality of our client list and the strength of our client relationships attest to the quality and dedication of our staff.
RYUKA currently has 109 employees, of which 35 are attorneys.