Food and Medical Business Support Station
Head of Support Station
Support Station Staff
Support Station Staff
Support Station Staff

: Patent & Trademark Attorney Morio NAKAO
: Patent & Trademark Attorney Nobukazu SHIOKAWA
: Ph.D (hygiene) Koji TSUKADA
: Doctor of Science Ayaho KOBAYASHI


Tokyo TEL : +81 - 3 - 3433 - 5810   Osaka TEL : +81 - 6 - 6351 - 4384
Tokyo FAX : +81 - 3 - 3433 - 5281   Osaka FAX : +81 - 6 - 6351 - 5664
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Japan and many other developed countries are facing a falling birthrate and an ageing population. In societies where the birth rate is low and the average age is increasing, technologies related to medicine, care, foods and pharmaceuticals are becoming more and more valuable. Our Food and Medical Business Support Station is a team of experts in IP in these technological fields. "HARAKENZO more " are here to assist those who are working tirelessly to make ageing societies rich and bountiful.

The Support Station deals specifically with the following areas of expertise:

  • (1) Medicine and care (wearable devices, IoT, caring robots etc.)
  • (2) Foodstuffs (functional foods etc.)
  • (3) Pharmaceuticals

In the fields of medicine and care, it is vital to use a wide cross-sectional range of fundamental technologies including the Internet of Things (IoT) and mechanical engineering etc.

In the field of foodstuffs, there have been revisions to the patent examination standards regarding the use of foods, and competition to acquire rights in this field is becoming fierce. In particular, for functional foods, the use of IP to expand the market by more effectively utilizing systems of displaying function cannot be overlooked.

In the field of pharmaceuticals, individual products can be like blockbusters, each commanding a very high value; moreover, a single product can be protected with just a small number of patents, meaning that it is essential to prudently formulate a patent application strategy.

Also, in these fields it is important have a brand strategy in order to build consumer trust. In the case of foodstuffs, a design strategy is needed to protect the form and packaging of the product with design rights.

In this way, the fields of medicine, care, food and pharmaceuticals require complex high-level intellectual property strategies. Our Food and Medical Business Support Station offers a high level of expertise and rich experience both nationally and internationally in order to cater to the needs of our clients. Should you have any questions or concerns regarding intellectual property activities for medicine or food either in Japan or abroad, please feel free to inquire with us.

Notable Features of the Food and Medical Business Support Station

  • The support station staff is made up of skilled individuals with abundant experience in the basic technological fields required for medicine, food and so on, including chemistry, biotechnology, IT including IoT, and mechanical engineering including robotics.
  • The support station can handle all kinds of intellectual property law, including not only patent law but also design law, trademark law, unfair competition law and plant variety registration law, etc.
  • The support station can also handle foreign cases in their entirety.
  • The support station can provide lecturers for seminars or company study meetings, etc.

Information on IP in the fields of food and medicine


Patent examination handbook page
 The appendix contains many useful examples.
 The following examples are related to the "examination guidelines related to inventions for the use of foodstuffs" that have applied from April 1, 2016:

Appendix A"1. Examples regarding written requirements (Patent Law Article 36)" - Example 45

Appendix A"4. Examples regarding novelty (Patent Law Article 29(1))" - Examples 30-34

Appendix A"5. Examples regarding inventive step (Patent Law Article 29(2))" - Examples 21-25

 The reference material"Regarding Examples Related to IoT Technologies" mentioned at the end of the above page introduces examples related to the fields of medicine and care.

・Examples 29, 37 and 38


General Manager < in the field of Chemistry and Biology >
Patent&Trademark Attorney / Specially Qualified Attorney For Infringement Litigation

Morio NAKAO, born in 1978, obtained a Master of Environmental Engineering from Osaka University. His specialty covers Biotechnology, high polymer chemistry and Environmental Sanitary Engineering.
I will make the most of my variety of experiences so as to contribute to our clients’ benefit.
Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or problems concerning intellectual property such as patent, design, and trademark.


Patent&Trademark Attorney / Specially Qualified Attorney For Infringement Litigation

Specialization: Bio-functional chemistry

In order to provide our clients with satisfying service, I endeavor to correspond politely and sincerely.
The fields I mainly work with are IT related. In this day and age, IT related inventions hold an extremely important position in the business world because of the high level of specialized knowledge required to obtain suitable IT invention rights. If you think IT related inventions are necessary for business, do not hesitate to contact me. I am sure I will be able to assist you.


Ph.D (hygiene)

Born 1968
Research experience: biological science, biochemistry
Major fields handled: IT-related fields

I work to provide our clients with the most satisfactory service possible, by making full use of my valuable research experience and strong willingness to take on challenges.


Doctor of Science

Born 1989
Specialty: chemistry
Field of research: Structural Biology

I was previously working in three-dimensional structural analysis of bioparticles utilizing large-scale synchrotron radiation facilities and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) equipment. I am committed to handling developing technologies and providing our clients with the useful service they require.