Mr. Sawada is the Executive Director of International Filing of SUGIMURA and the head of the Silicon Valley office. His practice encompasses patent prosecution and litigation in the mechanical, electrical, optical, and food engineering fields. As the Executive Director of International Filing, Mr. Sawada oversees the prosecution of Japanese patents, designs, and trademarks for our international clients. He also oversees all the activities of the Silicon Valley office which serves as a liaison office to our North and South American clients. There, Mr. Sawada ensures that communications between our offices are seamless allowing for the most efficient and affective counsel for our clients. Mr. Sawada advises clients on Japanese IP matters and is a frequent speaker at IP conferences. He is often sought to consult on the important differences between Japanese IP law from and the clients’ domestic IP laws, application and enforcement procedures, and infringement suit representation. Prior to joining SUGIMURA, Mr. Sawada was a plant engineer at Snow Brand Milk Products Co., Ltd. where he developed and implemented fully-automated beverage manufacturing facilities. During his career at Snow Brand, Mr. Sawada spent two years at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada as a visiting researcher. He is also qualified as a US patent agent.