Sakano & Associates

Sakano & Associates

Patent Attorney
Hiroyuki SAKANO (坂野 博行)(APAA member)
TEL: +81-45-227-5117
FAX: +81-45-227-5118
About the Firm :
Sakano & Associates is a full-service Intellectual Property law firm based in Yokohama, Japan. The firm specializes in patent, trademark, design, utility model, copyright and litigation, and represents domestic and international clients, including businesses ranging from large multinational corporations to small privately owned companies.

We remain committed to providing high-quality legal services to our clients, obtaining and enforcing intellectual property rights for our clients. We represent domestic and international clients, including major universities such as, Osaka University, National University Corporation Okayama University, Obrist Engineering GmbH, Visteon Global Technologies, Inc.

Mr. Sakano, head of Sakano & Associates, gained significant and so many experiences working together with domestic and international law firms and many companies, corporations and affiliate companies, as well as working as a staff with one of the nation's leading law firm, prior to working at Sakano & Associates. Mr. Sakano also gained many experience of personal interviews with the Examiner of the Japanese Patent Office (JPO).  This may allow to ensure the desired coverage and to streamline the application process in Japanese intellectual property law and practices.

We work closely with you to perfect your innovations and carefully prepare and prosecute applications for patents, utility models, designs, design patents, trademarks and copyrights in order to obtain the broadest possible range of intellectual property protection.

Business contents :
Our expertise, for example, including;

 ・Preparing, filing and prosecuting applications before Japanese Patent Office and/or Agency for Cultural Affairs with respect to intellectual property such as, patents, utility models, designs, design patents, trademarks, service marks, and copyrights.

 ・Translating patent applications and legal documents from Japanese into English or other languages and from English, or other languages to Japanese.

 ・Drafting legal opinions regarding motion practice of objection, invalidation trial and appeal for cancellation, action against trial decision, etc.

 ・Drafting and negotiating technology-related license agreements.

 ・Drafting written expert opinion.

 ・Prior-art search and pre-litigation investigation.

Location: #601, M・P・S Kannai
1-6 Sumiyoshi-cho, Naka-ku, Yokohama-city,
Kanagawa, Japan
Traffic: JR Negishi line, Kannai Sta. "South Exit", 5 min. walk
Yokohama-shiei chikatetsu line,
Kannai Sta. "Exit No. 1 ", 4 min. walk
Minato mirai line, Nihonodori Sta. "Exit No. 1", 6 min. walk

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