KEIKO HATA, Associate         E-mail
Ms. Hata focuses her practice on the preparation and prosecution of chemical patents before the Japan Patent Office and the foreign patent office. She prosecutes patent applications in a wide array of organic/inorganic chemical arts, such as polymer chemistry, material chemistry, photographic and lithographic chemistry, and coating compositions.
Ms. Hata was a researcher of Asahi Kasei Corporation, where she has researched and developed the composition of semiconductor material, the lithography technology and film physical properties in Asahi Kasei Corporation. Prior to our firm, she worked for another IP law firm as a patent attorney.
Education : M.E., Tokyo Institute of Technology, Environmental Chemical Engineering
B.E., Shinsyu University, Polymer Science

TOMOHISA INOUE, Associate         E-mail
Mr. Inoue directs his practice to protection and enforcement of mechanics and electronics patents. He prosecutes patent applications in a range of technologies, such as robotics, packaging machine, electro mechanical devices, and optical devices.
After working as a developer of automobile parts, Mr. Inoue worked for another IP law firm. He handled many patent applications in the fields of construction, machine, and display.
Education : B.A., Kougakuin University, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering

NAOYA KONISHI, Associate         E-mail
Mr. Konishi focuses his practice on the preparation and prosecution of mechanics, electronics, and software patents before the Japan Patent Office and the foreign patent office. He prosecutes patent applications in a range of technologies, such as robotics, engine, information processing, optics, and electro mechanical devices.
Mr. Konishi worked at All Nippon Airways Co., Ltd, where he was engaged in the maintenance of jet engine and performance examination system. Afterwards, he worked for another IP law firm, where he handled many cases relating to the control technology, auto mobile, information processing, machine, and optics. He was belonged to the intellectual property department of the optical company for 2 years.
Education : M.E., Waseda University, Mechanical Engineering
B.E., Waseda University, Mechanical Engineering

MEGUMI IYOSHI, Associate         E-mail
Ms. Iyoshi focuses her practice on protection and enforcement of electronics and mechanics patents. She prosecutes patent applications in a wide range of technologies, such as liquid crystal display, organic electro luminescence, semiconductor device, semiconductor/LCD inspection system, and laser microscope.
She worked as a developer of LCD in International Display Technology.
She experienced many U. S. patent prosecutions as a trainee in the Sughrue Mion PLLC in 2010.
Education : M.E., Nagoya University, Physics Engineering
B.E., Nagoya University, Physics Engineering

KYOGO SEKI, Associate         E-mail
Mr. Seki directs his practice to protection and enforcement of mechanics patents. He specializes in mechanical technology, including continuous-casting machine, textile machinery, car engine accessory, car instrument panel, game machine, compressor, freezer, connector and wind power generation.
After working at motor company, he worked as a patent engineer and a patent attorney at another middle-sized firm. He handled many patent applications in the field of continuous-casting machine, textile machinery, car engine accessory, car instrument panel, game machine, compressor, freezer, and wind power generation in other IP law firm.
Education : M.E., Waseda University, Mechanical Engineering
B.E., Waseda University, Mechanical Engineering

SAKURAKO NAKANO, Associate         E-mail
Ms. Nakano prosecutes patent applications in a range of fundamental technologies, such as optics, biotechnology, chemistry, information processing, software, and image processing.
She was engaged in prosecuting patent applications in various fields including image processing, software, commodities, printers, projectors, and optical discs in other patent law firms.
Education : D.Sc., biochemistry and biophysics, Interdisciplinary Graduate School of Science and Engineering, Tokyo Institute of Technology. She studied ATP synthase which is a molecular motor protein.

EIICHI AMANO, Associate         E-mail
Mr. Amano focuses his practice to protection and enforcement of electronics and software patents. He prosecutes patent applications in a range of fundamental technologies, such as wireless communication system, network, computer and mechanics.
Mr. Amano worked at Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd., where he was engaged in development and management of industrial steam turbine. Afterwards, he worked for another IP law firm, where he handled many cases relating to computer technology, copying machine and communication system.
Education : M.E., The University of Tokyo, Mechanical Engineering
B.E., The University of Tokyo, Mechanical Engineering

TATSUYA MIYAZATO, Associate         E-mail
Mr. Miyazato directs his practice to the preparation of patent applications and the responses to office actions in Japan and foreign countries in the fields of image recognition, image processing, semiconductor manufacturing techniques, etc.
After engaging in the development of LSI manufacturing techniques and the intellectual property management for the image sensor division at Matsushita Electronics Corporation and Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. (currently, Panasonic Corporation), Mr. Miyazato worked as an Examiner in the field of image recognition in the Japan Patent Office.
Education: M.S., Graduate School of Applied Physics, University of Tsukuba

JUN UEHARA, Associate         E-mail
Mr. Uehara directs his practice to the preparation of patent applications and the responses to office actions in Japan and foreign countries in a variety of fields including control techniques, information processing, and software.
He has experience in system construction, construction designs, maintenance, and operations of seat reservation systems for the Shinkansen (Japanese bullet trains) in the Central Japan Railway Company. He also has experience in preparing patent applications and responding to office actions in the fields of copying machines, semiconductor manufacturing equipment, image processing, software, control techniques, etc. at another intellectual property law firm.
Mr. Uehara is a certified applied information engineer.
Education: M.S., Department of Computational Intelligence and Systems Science, Interdisciplinary Graduate School of Science and Engineering, Tokyo Institute of Technology

KAZUHIRO KASHIWAGI, Associate         E-mail
Mr. Kashiwagi directs his practice to the preparation of patent applications and the responses to office actions in Japan and foreign countries in the fields of commutations/information processing, analyzers, etc.
Previously, he worked as an Examiner and examined more than 2,000 patent applications in the field of electrochemical analyzers, etc. in the Japan Patent Office.
He also has experience in the development of semiconductor material gas supply techniques and analysis techniques in Nippon Sanso Corporation (currently, Taiyo Nippon Sanso Corporation). He also has four years of experience in preparing patent applications and responding to office actions in Japan and foreign countries in the field of commutations/information processing, etc. at another intellectual property law firm.
Education: M.S., Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, Hokkaido University
In the above university, Mr. Kashiwagi studied the determination of detailed structures of gaseous molecules in which both experimental electron beam diffraction and theoretical molecular orbital calculation were used.

TOSHIO TAKAMORI, Associate         E-mail
Mr. Takamori directs his practice to the preparation of patent applications and the responses to office actions in Japan and foreign countries in a variety of fields including communication, information processing and circuits.
Mr. Takamori worked for 5 years as a researcher of copy machine and laser beam printer in Canon Inc. Afterwards, he worked for 15 years as a patent attorney in another IP law firm, where he handled many cases relating to the communication, information processing, circuits, semiconductors, business models and control technology.
Education : B.E., Meiji University, Electrical Engineering

TSUTOMU FUKUDA, Associate         E-mail
Mr. Fukuda focuses his practice to the preparation and prosecution of patent applications and the responses to office actions in Japan and foreign countries in the fields of robotics, communication, information processing, etc.
Mr. Fukuda worked for R&D department of Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, where he was engaged in a development of air-conditioning and refrigerator. Afterwards, he worked for engineering department of Sumitomo Heavy Industries Ltd., where he was engaged in a development of cryopump system for semiconductor equipment. Prior to our firm, he worked for another IP law firm as a patent attorney.
He holds Registered Smaller Enterprise Consultant.
Education : M.E., Tokyo Institute of Technology, Mechanical Engineering

HIDEKI TAKAHASHI, Associate         E-mail
Mr. Takahashi focuses his practice to the preparation and prosecution of patent applications and the responses to office action in Japan and foreign countries in the fields of semiconductor device, etc.
Mr. Takahashi worked as a researcher of nanostructured materials in Institute for Materials Research, Tohoku University. Afterwards, he worked for Fujitsu Corporation and Fujitsu Laboratories, where he was engaged in a development of semiconductor device process. He worked as a patent examiner and assistant examiner in Japan Patent Office for five years, during which he examined patent applications relating to semiconductor device. He has experience in preparing patent applications and responding to office actions in the fields of semiconductor device at another intellectual property law firm. He also has experience in research and study in Institute of Intellectual Property.
Education: D.Sc., physics, Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, Tohoku University. He studied the behavior of metal impurities in semiconductor.

YOHEI OGASAWARA, Ph.D, Associate         E-mail
Dr. Ogasawara prosecutes patent applications in various fields, including biotechnology, chemistry, secondary cells, nanotechnology and mechanical engineering.
In the field of molecular biology, he studied the body patterning of the fruit fly as a postdoctoral fellow.
He started his career in the patent field in a patent law firm other than his present one. He has engaged in prosecuting patent applications in various fields, including health food, pharmaceuticals and printed wiring.
He is a member of Patent Committee of Japan Foods & Biotechnology Intellectual Property Rights Center (JAFBIC).
Education : D.Sc., in biology, Department of Genetics, School of Life Science, Graduate University for Advanced Studies (SOKENDAI), Japan. He studied the regulation of gene expression by the DNA super-coiling factor in the fruit fly.

YOSHITERU TAKA, Associate         E-mail
Mr. Taka focuses his practice to the preparation and prosecution of patent applications and the responses to office actions in Japan and foreign countries in the fields of robotics, communication, information processing, etc.
Mr. Taka was a mechanical design engineer, where he engaged in a development of in-vehicle equipment, optical drive system, data storage equipment and sensing device at Sony Corporation.
Education : B.E., Hiroshima University, Mechanical Engineering

HIROSHI INAGAKI, Associate        
Mr. Inagaki directs his practice to the preparation of patent applications in a variety of fields, including communication, information processing and circuits, and responses to office actions in Japan and foreign countries. He was a local official in Ishikawa prefecture, where he gained experience in the maintenance, inspection, and operation of a hydraulic power plant, and the maintenance and inspection of a water purifying plant. He also gained experience at another intellectual property law office in preparing patent applications in the fields of electrical circuits, semiconductor devices, flash memories, optical discs, software, system LSIs, LCDs, mobile phones, medical imaging devices, infrared imaging devices, etc..
Education: University of Toyama, Electronic and Information Engineering, .M.E.

MANABU KAWABATA, Associate        
Mr. Kawabata directs his practice to protection and enforcement of electronics and software patents. He specializes in communication technology, including cellular phone system and network.
He worked for about 12 years as an engineer in NTT docomo Inc. and another foreign company. He mainly engaged in a software design and development of wireless communication’s system.
Education : M. E., Sophia University, Electrical and Electronics Engineering.

KAZUYA SHIMIZU, Associate        
Mr. Shimizu directs his practice to protection and enforcement of electronics and software patents. He prosecutes patent applications mainly in information processing technology and communication technology, including cellular phone system and network.
He has 13 years’ experience in preparing patent applications and responding to office actions in Japan and foreign countries mainly for information processing technology and communication technology at other intellectual property law firms.
Education : M.E., Tokyo Institute of Technology, Polymer Science
B.E., Tokyo Institute of Technology, Polymer Science

TAKESHI AKABOSHI, Associate        
Mr. Akaboshi is experienced in the preparation of patent applications and responses to office actions in Japan and foreign countries in a variety of fields, including chemistry and materials science.
Prior to joining Hibiki, he studied methods for inspecting pesticides, veterinary drugs, heavy metals, and other trace substances in foods at a public research institute. He also worked for another patent firm where he gained his above-mentioned experience in the preparation of patent applications and responses to office actions in Japan and foreign countries in a variety of fields, including chemistry and materials science, and in particular chemicals and materials used in semiconductors, display devices, and optical films.
Education: Tokyo Institute of Technology, Graduate School of Science and Engineering, Department of Chemistry, M.S. (He studied syntheses of transition metal complexes and inter-molecule energy transfers by using spectroscopic techniques.)