Japanese law firm Midosuji has hired veteran IP lawyer Kozo Yabe as partner and patent attorney in the Tokyo office. He joined from Yuasa & Hara, where he was a partner for more than 30 years.
Yabe has a wealth of experience in a wide range of IP matters and is noted for his expertise in patents.
Kimihiko Uemura, Midosuji’s managing partner who heads the firm’s offices in Osaka, Tokyo and Hiroshima, said the firm planned to develop and gear up its expertise in traditional IP litigation and also M&A and corporate transactions relating to IP.
“We are further building our firm’s services in the world-class standard for all our clients, including the cutting edge manufacturing and financial industries from local and global needs,” Uemura told Asia Business Law Journal.
Yabe is currently the chief secretary of the Intellectual Property Centre of the Japan Federation of Bar Associations, a board member of the Japan Trademark Association, and senior board member of the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property, known as the AIPPI (Association Internationale pour la Protection de la Propriété Intellectuelle) in Japan.