Departments

Our office has a legal headquarters, a patent strategy department (Patent Section 1 to Patent Section 16), a legal strategy department (Trademark Office/Design Office/Legal Office), a secretarial management department, a translation department, and a graphic department. It consists of a total of eight departments: the design department, the general affairs/accounting department, and the information systems department.
The business overview of each department is as follows.

Legal Headquarter
 
Patent Strategy & Utility Models Department Legal Strategy Department Administrative Department Translation Department
 
Graphic Design Department General Affairs and Accounting Division Information System Department

 

Legal Headquarter

Our Legal Headquarters handles most dispute-related matters.

■ Litigation
□ Suit against a trial decision
□ Infringement suit
  ◇  Suit for damages
  ◇  Suit for injunction
  ◇  Suit for return of unjust enrichment

■ Appraisal
■ Arbitration
■ License negotiation
■ Contract
■ Copyright
■ Preventing unfair competition
■ Circuit layout of semiconductor integrated circuits
■ Import injunction certification/petition procedures
■ Variety registration

 

Patent Strategy Department & Utility Models Department

■ Patent Division 1
■ Patent Division 2
■ Patent Division 3
■ Patent Division 4
■ Patent Division 5
■ Patent Division 6
■ Patent Division 7
■ Patent Division 8

■ Patent XNUMXth division
■ Patent XNUMXth division
■ Patent XNUMXth division
■ Patent XNUMXth division
■ Patent XNUMXth division
■ Patent XNUMXth division
■ Patent XNUMXth division
■ Patent XNUMXth division

Patent application work
Interview with client, patentability determination, claim proposal, and specification preparation.

Responding to Office Action
Suggesting an Accelerated Examination, Drafting a Response to grounds for rejections, Interviewing the Examiner, Drafting a written opinion/an amendment, Filing an Appeal against Decision of Rejection, Filing a Suit to Cancel a Trial Decision.
Right-Related Affairs
Prior Art Searching (Domestic/International), Expert Opinion (Patentability, Possible involvement in an infringement), Submission of relevant publications (Information Disclosure), Requesting an Invalidation Trial, Requesting for an interpretation.
Foreign Affairs
Prior Art Searching, Drafting Specifications (Mainly for Applications through Paris Route and PCT Route), Suggesting a response to grounds for rejections, Communicating with foreign attorneys, Holding personal interviews, Requesting a re-examination (U.S.), Filing Reissued Patent Applications (U.S.).

 

Legal Strategy Department
(Trademark Division, Design Division, Legal Division)

Trademark Division

Search(Domestic/International)
Conference with clients, Searching based on data base etc., Analyzing registrability, Drafting a report
Filing of Trademark Application(Domestic/International)
Conference with clients, Analyzing/Specifying trademarks and designated goods (services), Scheming a strategy for application (Effective use of convention and treaty)
Responding to Office Action(Domestic/International)
Conference with clients, Analyzing/Specifying trademarks and designated goods (services), Scheming a strategy for application (Effective use of convention and treaty)
Right-Related Affairs(Domestic/International)
Analyses, Renewal Application (Application for Reclassification), Filing an Opposition, Requesting an Invalidation/Cancellation Trial, Recordal of transfer of trademark rights

Design Division

Search(Domestic/International)
Conference with clients, Searching based on data base etc., Analyzing similarity, Drafting a report
Filing of Trademark Application(Domestic/International)
Conference with clients, Specifying designs (Articles and Forms), Drawing forms (cooperate with Graphic Design Section), Scheming a strategy for application (Analyzing related design/part design)
Responding to Office Action(Domestic/International)
Suggesting a response to grounds for rejections, Drafting a written opinion/an amendment, Filing an Appeal against Decision of Rejection, Filing a Suit to Cancel a Trial Decision
Right-Related Affairs(Domestic/International)
Analyses, Requesting an Invalidation Trial, Recordal of transfer of design rights

Legal Division

Technology Transfer Support
Plant variety registration/agribusiness consultation
Import-Export Suspension Support
Semiconductor Circuit Layout Support
Computer Program Registration Support
Domain Name Registration Support
Copyright Advisory
Unfair Competition Advisory
SME Support
Intellectual Property Management Consulting

 

Secretary and Administrative Department

1st Domestic Business Management Office (In charge of domestic customers/domestic cases)

2st Domestic Business Management Office (In charge of domestic customers/domestic cases)

3st Domestic Business Management Office (In charge of domestic customers/domestic cases)

Drafting various kinds of documents to be filed with JPO
Managing due dates of applications to be filed/Responding to search results, Inputting data for applications to be filed/Responding to search results
Managing Annual Fee and others
Communication with clients about procedures

Internal and external business management office (Foreign clients/domestic cases)

Drafting various kinds of documents to be filed with JPO
Managing due dates of applications to be filed/Responding to search results, Inputting data for applications to be filed/Responding to search results
Managing Annual Fee and others
Communication with clients and foreign attorneys about procedures

PCT Business Management Office (In charge of domestic customers/PCT application cases)

Drafting various kinds of documents to be filed with the Receiving Office/WIPO
Managing due dates of applications to be filed/Responding to search results, Inputting data for applications to be filed/Responding to search results
Communication with clients about procedures

1st Foreign Business Management Office (In charge of domestic customers/foreign cases)

2st Foreign Business Management Office (In charge of domestic customers/foreign cases)

3st Foreign Business Management Office (In charge of domestic customers/foreign cases)

Drafting various kinds of documents to be filed with a foreign patent office
Managing due dates of applications to be filed/Responding to Office Action, Inputting data for applications to be filed/Responding to Office Action
Managing Annual Fee and others
Communication with clients and foreign attorneys about procedures

Business coordination office

 

Translation Department

■Translation of foreign patent application specifications (compatible with all technical fields).
■Translation of instructions to local patent law firms regarding office actions in each country.
■Translation of various contracts (license agreements, non-disclosure agreements, joint research agreements, etc.).
■Translation of litigation-related documents.
■Correspondence with patent law firms or clients in various countries.
■Other translations of legal and technical documents in general.

 Languages : Japanese / English / German / French / Chinese / Korean / Taiwanese
 

Graphic Design Department

■Creation of drawings for domestic patent applications, utility model registration applications, design registration applications, and trademark registration applications.
■Creating drawings for international patent applications (PCT).
■Creation of drawings for international trademark registration applications (Madpro).
■Creating drawings for patent applications, utility model registration applications, design registration applications, and trademark registration applications overseas (all over the world).
■Almost all drawings are created by computer. Supports graphic data in various file formats.

 

General Affairs and Accounting Division

■General support work related to office management
■General accounting processing

 

Information System Department

Security control room

All practices related to access control
All practices related to management of information resources
All practices related to systemic/human security

System development office

Development of in-house practice systems
Construction, maintenance, and operation of databases
Maintenance of computers
Construction, maintenance, and operation of in-house network (LAN)

DX Promotion Office

HP committee

All practices related to update, management, and maintenance of websites for in-house practices
All practices related to update, management, and maintenance of official website

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