Members

  • Nobutaka Yokota Managing Partner
    Patent Attorney

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    Nobutaka Yokota is the managing partner of FIELDS IP Attorneys. He has extensive experience in drafting and prosecuting …

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    patent applications, for both domestic and foreign clients, in the fields of biotechnology, pharmaceutics, agricultural chemistry, food chemistry, and material science. His practice also includes drafting and prosecuting Patent Term Extension applications based on marketing approvals for medical and agrochemical products and counseling clients in relation to PTE protection and data protection under the Pharmaceutical Affairs Law.

    Mr. Yokota is also experienced in providing validity/invalidity and infringement/non-infringement opinions and representing his clients in invalidation trials before the Japan Patent Office and the IP High Court.

    He received his Bachelor of Engineering degree in 1990 and his Master of Engineering degree in 1992 from Osaka University, where he performed undergraduate and graduate research in the field of molecular biology. He also received his Master of Business Law degree from the Graduate School of International Corporate Strategy, Hitotsubashi University in 2006.

    Qualifications

    Registered as patent attorney, 1995
    Registered as IP-related litigation attorney, 2008
    TOEIC score 900 (2008)

    Memberships

    JPAA, AIPPI, LES, JAFBIC

    Publications

    "Standard of Judgment of the Support Requirement under Article 36(6)(i) of the Japanese Patent Law - Focusing on the Parameter Case", INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT, Vol. 56, No.10, pp1507-1526(2006)

    "Patent eligibility expanded", LIFE SCIENCES IP FOCUS 2009, pp3-5, Managing Intellectual Property

    Languages

    Japanese, English

  • Yasutaka Enoki Partner
    Patent Attorney

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    Yasutaka Enoki has broad experience in the preparation and prosecution of patent applications, …

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    for both domestic and foreign clients, in the fields of material science including optical film, detergent composition, polymer composition, and manufacturing process of electronic device.

    Mr. Enoki is also experienced in providing validity/invalidity and infringement/non-infringement opinions and representing his clients in the IP High Court.

    He received his Bachelor of Engineering degree in 1999 from Tokyo University of Science, where he performed undergraduate research in the field of physical chemistry.

    Qualifications

    Registered as patent attorney, 2007

    Memberships

    JPAA, LES, APAA

    Languages

    Japanese, English

  • Michiko Omori Patent Attorney

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    Michiko Omori focuses her practice on the preparation and prosecution of patent applications …

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    for both domestic and foreign clients, in the fields of biotechnology, pharmaceutics, agricultural chemistry, food chemistry, and material science. Her experience also includes providing opinions relating to validity and infringement.

    Ms. Omori received her Bachelor's degree in Agriculture in 2000 and her Master's degree in Agriculture in 2002 from Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, where she performed undergraduate and graduate research in the field of Physiology.

    Qualifications

    Registered as patent attorney, 2005

    Memberships

    JPAA

    Publications

    “Researches and Studies on Issues of Patentability for Bio-related Pharmaceutical Inventions Based on International Comparisons” Patent, 2010 July Issue, joint paper

    “International Competitiveness and Patent Strategy of Biotechnology and Life Science Industry in Japan” Patent, 2011 September Issue, joint paper

    Languages

    Japanese, English

  • Momoko Akaba, Ph.D. Patent Attorney

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    Momoko Akaba focuses her practice on the preparation and prosecution of patent applications …

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    for both domestic and foreign clients, in the fields of biotechnology, pharmaceutics, agricultural chemistry, food chemistry, and material science.

    Dr. Akaba received her Bachelor's degree in biology in 1997 and her doctorate in the field of biology in 2002 from Tokyo Metropolitan University, where she performed her research in the field of developmental biology, molecular biology, genetics, biochemistry and glycobiology. Specifically, she investigated the function of a heparan sulfate proteoglycan in growth factor signaling pathways and morphogen gradient formation.

    Qualifications

    Registered as patent attorney, 2016

    Memberships

    JPAA

    Publications

    "Regulation of dally, an integral membrane proteoglycan, and its function during adult sensory organ formation of Drosophila.", Developmental Biology, Vol. 235, pp. 433-448 (2001)

    "Drosophila heparan sulfate 6-O-sulfotransferase (dHS6ST) gene. Structure, expression, and function in the formation of the tracheal system.", J. Biol. Chem., Vol. 276, pp17014-21 (2001), (2nd author)

    "The function of dally, a Drosophila proteoglycan, in the developing peripheral nervous system", Cell Technology, Vol. 20, No. 8 (2001)

    "Dally regulates Dpp morphogen gradient formation in the Drosophila wing", Development, Vol. 130, pp1515-1522 (2003)

    "In vivo hyaluronan synthesis upon expression of the mammalian hyaluronan synthase gene in Drosophila", J. Biol. Chem., Vol. 279, pp18920-5 (2004), (2nd author)

    Languages

    Japanese, English

  • Masashi Kurose Of Counsel
    Patent Attorney

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    Masashi Kurose is Of Counsel of FIELDS IP Attorneys. He has more than 30 years of experience …

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    in Japanese and international intellectual property laws as well as a hard-earned know-how in counterfeit products and IP dispute resolution in East and South East Asia. He practices counseling on IP management and strategy matters including IP dispute resolution.

    In particular, Mr. Kurose is well known as a pioneer among Chinese patent and trademark practitioners and experts. In recent years, he is also actively involved in IP issues in Russia, Brazil, and India and other developing countries. He lectures widely, both domestically and internationally, on IP management and strategy matters.

    Education

    1970 Faculty of Engineering Design, Kyoto Institute of Technology
    2007 International Corporate Strategy, Hitotsubashi University Graduate School

    Professional experience

    1977-2014 Kyowa Patent and Law Office
    2005- Visiting Professor, Department of Master of Intellectual Property, The Tokyo University of Science Graduate School
    2014- Lecturer, International Corporate Strategy, Hitotsubashi University Graduate School
    2015- President, Kurose IP Management

    Qualifications

    Registered as patent attorney, 1977

    Memberships

    JPAA, LES, APAA, AIPPI

    Languages

    Japanese, English