Patent, Trademark, Design, Copyright, International Contracting, Legal case, Intellectual property right
Sera, Toyama, Matsukura & Kawaguchi / Kohhara & Fujita

We, SERA, TOYAMA, MATSUKURA & KAWAGUCHI / KOHHARA & FUJITA, with the expertise of the individual members and well-organized teamwork, efficiently address and provide appropriate solutions to all kinds of problems related to intellectual property rights ranging from procedures for acquisition and maintenance of IP rights including patents, designs, trademarks and copyrights to IP-related litigations to licensing.

Our services cover the following areas:

Prosecution of Registration Proceedings

  • Applications for patents, utility models, designs and trademarks with Japan Patent Office (JPO)
  • Appeal proceedings before JPO's Board of Appeal against decisions to reject applications for patents, designs and trademarks
  • Suits for revocation of JPO's appeal decisions before the Intellectual Property High Court or the Supreme Court
  • Registration of copyrights

Prosecution of Post-registration Proceedings

  • Invalidation trials of patents, designs and trademarks before JPO's Board of Appeal
  • Suits for revocation of JPO's invalidation-trial decisions before the Intellectual Property High Court or the Supreme Court
  • Oppositions to trademarks before JPO's Board of Appeal
  • Trials for cancellation of trademark registrations before JPO's appeal board
  • Suits for revocation of JPO's cancellation-trial decisions of trademark registration before the Intellectual Property High Court or the Supreme Court

Litigation of Infringement

  • Representation (by joint cooperation with legal counsels) in infringement suits for patents, designs, trademarks and copyrights, and unfair competition suits, before districts courts, the Intellectual Property High Court or the Supreme Court

Licensing

  • Providing legal advice on licensing
  • Drafting license agreements

Others

  • Searches for prior art, prior designs, or registered trademarks
  • Providing expert opinions on invalidation of patents, designs and trademarks
  • Providing expert opinions on infringement of patents, designs and trademarks, and unfair competition
  • Consultation on IP-related problems

Our close collaboration among patent attorneys, with a wealth of knowledge in both law and technology, technical staff, each well versed in his or her field, and staff proficient in foreign languages enables us to provide high quality services.

Please visit the "Professionals" page to see profiles of our patent attorneys.

Our patent work covers a full range of technologies such as machines, electrics, communications electronics, information technologies, chemistry, and biotechnologies. When an invention pertains to multiple technological fields, we form a team of attorneys well experienced in the pertinent fields in order to effectively address the issue.

In particular, our achievements have been significant in the following fields:
Machinery fields including automobiles, office machines, medical devices, precision machines, electronic devices, information devices, optical devices, air-conditioning equipment, construction and stationeries;
Electric/Electronic & Information Technology fields including electrics, electronics, semiconductors, telecommunications, software, electronic devices, information devices, optical devices and air-conditioning equipment;
Chemical & Biotechnology fields including foods, medicines, agrochemicals, cosmetics, livestock products, agriculture, plants, chemical processes, functional materials, genetic engineering and microorganism technology.

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