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Chief Patent Attorney, Executive Officer Hiromori Nii

Hiromori Nii

Areas of Specialization
Software, Electricity, Electronics, Physics

Certifications
Patent Attorney; Information Technology Engineer, 1st Class; Radio Engineer, 2nd Class; Licensed Electrician, 3rd Class; Color TV Repair Technician; Radiation Protection Supervisor, 2nd Class; Amateur Radio Operator, Level 2; Test of Practical English Proficiency (EIKEN), Pre-Level 1; Accountant Level 2; others
Affiliations
Japan Patent Attorneys Association, International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property of Japan (AIPPI JAPAN), Kansai Patent Attorneys Study Group, others
Background
Mar. 1978
B.S., Nuclear Engineering, School of Engineering, Osaka University
Apr. 1978 – Oct.1993
Worked as an electronics engineer at TOYO Corporation

Sep. 1994 – Nov. 2000
Worked as a patent engineer at Nakajima International Patent Firm
Nov. 1996
Passed Patent Attorney Examination
Dec. 1996
Registered as Patent Attorney (Registration No. 10921)
Jun. 1998 – Jul. 1998
Completed Patent Affairs Training Course, BKSB LLP (Virginia, U.S.)
Dec. 2000
Established NII Patent Firm
Special skills
Early allowance through interviews with patent examiners
Hobbies
Go (Japanese board game), Swimming

Patent Attorney Toshiya Kido

Toshiya Kido

Technical Field
Structures (Industrial machines, Semiconductors, Hard materials, Appliances, etc.), Mechatronics (Industrial machine control, optimization, inspection, sensing, etc.), Physics (Vacuum and cleaning technology, Plasma, PVD, etc.)
Certification
Patent Attorney
Background
1990
M.S., Applied Physics, Graduate School of Engineering, Osaka City University (Thesis Subject: Observation of Oxygen Excitation Phenomena Caused by a Laser Beam on the Surface of a Substance)
1990
Worked at Kobe Steel, Ltd. (developing vacuum coating technology [especially hard material films for cutting tools, sliding films for sliding components], plasma cleaning technology and wet cleaning technology)
1995
Worked at Shimizu Patent Attorneys Office
2002
Qualified and Registered as Patent Attorney (Registration No. 12487)
2004
Joined NII Patent Firm
2006
Completed Patent Practice Internship at Birch, Stewart, Kolasch & Birch (BSKB) Intellectual Property Law Firm (Virginia, U.S.)
Special skills
Working to assess, research, define and develop inventions
Hobbies
Fishing

Patent Attorney Kunito Kobayashi

Kunito Kobayashi

Technical Field
Information Processing
Certification
Patent Attorney; Systems Auditor; Information Technology Engineer, 1st Class
Background
1987
B.S., Electrical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Okayama University (Electrical communication laboratory)
1987
Worked at Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (NTT) (involved in debugger development)
1990
Worked at Okayama NEC Software Corporation (involved in application development)
1997
Worked at Nakajima & Associates IP Firm
2002
Qualified and Registered as Patent Attorney (Registration No. 12559)
2010
Completed short-term training program at Greenblum & Bernstein, P.L.C.
2013
Joined NII Patent Firm
Special skills
Analysis of inventions related to software inventions
Preparation of patent applications and documents for response to Office Action
Hobbies
Jogging, Trail Running, Programming, etc.

Patent Attorney Shinichi Michisaka

Shinichi Michisaka

Technical Fields
Electricity, Machinery
Certifications and others
Patent Attorney

Member of intellectual property system promotion committee at Kinki Branch of Japan Patent Attorneys Association
(2004 to Present: committee chairman in 2010; and committee vice-chairman in 2008, 2009, and 2011)

Member of Kansai Patent Attorneys Study Group (vice-chairman of patent utility model subgroup in 2011, and chairman of the same in 2012)
Background
1996
B.S., Mechanical Systems Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Kanazawa University
1998
M.S., Mechanical Systems Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering, Kanazawa University
1998-2009
Worked at Panasonic Corporation (involved in domestic and foreign patent acquisition and patent application matters at divisional and head office intellectual property departments)
2003
Qualified and Registered as Patent Attorney (Registration No. 13141)
2004-2011
Adjunct faculty member at Faculty of Engineering, Kanazawa University
2009
Joined NII Patent Firm
2015
Completed the Patent and Intellectual Property Law and Practice Summer Institute hosted by the Center for Advanced Study and Research on Intellectual Property (CASRIP) at the University of Washington
Special skills
Acquisition of domestic and foreign patents (working to define inventions, preparation of patent applications and documents for response to Office Action, interview with patent examiners)

Providing support for corporate intellectual property matters (intellectual property management, intellectual property strategy planning, intellectual property assessment, intellectual property instruction, intellectual property negotiation)

Patent search (prior art search, business risk assessment)
Hobbies
Marathon, Snowboarding, Golf (wanting to try)

Patent Attorney Eisaku Teratani

Eisaku Teratani

Technical Fields
Software, Image Processing, Physics
Certifications
Patent Attorney; Patent Infringement Litigator;Senior Radiation Protection Supervisor
Background
1993
B.S., Nuclear Engineering, School of Engineering, Osaka University
1995
M.S., Nuclear Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering, Osaka University
1995-1999
Worked at Mitsubishi Electric Corporation (involved in design work related to radiation measurement)
1999-2001
Worked at Hokuto Patent Office
2001
Joined NII Patent Firm
2005
Qualified and Registered as Patent Attorney (Registration No. 13723)
2006
Completed Patent Practice Internship at BOEHMERT & BOEHMERT Law Firm in Germany
2008
Qualified as Patent Infringement Litigator
Special skills
Preparation of patent applications and documents for response to Office Action
Hobbies
Movies, Fishing

Patent Attorney Masaki Nakahara

Masaki Nakahara

Technical Fields
Structures, Mechatronics, Software
Certifications
Patent Attorney; Patent Infringement Litigator; Qualified Supervisor for Energy Management, Scaffolding Construction Chief Supervisor, Crane Operation Technician, Supervisor for Hazardous Operation Associated with Oxygen Depletion and Hydrogen Sulfide
Background
1995
M.S., Precision Engineering, School of Engineering, the University of Tokyo (Thesis Subject: Research on Insertion of Thin Rod Using Magnetic Levitation Mechanism)
1995
Worked as an engineer and supervisor at Kansai Electric Power Co., Inc.
2006
Passed Patent Attorney Examination
2007
Joined NII Patent Firm
2007
Registered as Patent Attorney (Registration No. 15322)
2008
Qualified as Patent Infringement Litigator
2009
Completed Patent Affairs Training Course, BKSB LLP (Virginia, U.S.)
Special skills
Preparation of patent applications related to machinery inventions
Hobbies
Travelling, Family Activities

Patent Attorney Jyunichi Komata

Jyunichi Komata

Technical Fields
Electricity, Machinery
Certifications
Patent Attorney
Background
2001
B.S., Electrical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Doshisha University
2001
Worked at Kyoto Denkiki Co., Ltd. (involved in intellectual property services and production engineering services)
2004
Worked at Kishimoto & Associates
2006
Qualified and Registered as Patent Attorney (Registration No. 14846)
2011
Joined NII Patent Firm
Special skills
Preparation of patent applications and documents for response to Office Action
Hobbies
Travelling, Visiting Cafes

Patent Attorney Yasuhiko Hino

Yasuhiko Hino

Technical Fields
Machinery, Mechatronics, Network
Certifications
Patent Attorney; Patent Infringement Litigator
Background
1990
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, School of Engineering Science, Osaka University
1990
Worked as a sales representative for scientific and engineering calculation services (structure, fluid, chemistry) at RECRUIT CO., LTD.
1992
Worked as an instructor and a manager of instructors at English Kids Network
1996
Worked as an Internet Division chief at AXIS Inc.
2001
Worked as a Web director and technical director at KOHGA Corporation
2004
Joined NII Patent Firm
2007
Qualified and Registered as Patent Attorney (Registration No. 15561)
2008
Completed Patent Affairs Training Course, BKSB LLP (Virginia, U.S.)
2009
Qualified as Patent Infringement Litigator
Special skills
Working to define and develop inventions, preparation of patent applications and documents for response to Office Action
Hobbies
Music, Playing Guitar, Watching Soccer Matches

Patent Attorney Kenichiro Kidou

Kenichiro Kidou

Technical Fields
Machinery, Electricity
Certifications
Patent Attorney
Background
1987
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Doshisha University
1987-2014
Worked at Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd. (designed facilities and served as patent liaison in Production Engineering Unit, and then involved in patent application and acquisition matters in Intellectual Property Department)
2005
Passed Patent Attorney Examination
2008
Registered as Patent Attorney (Registration No. 15819)
2014
Worked at Nishizawa Patent Firm
2015
Joined NII Patent Firm
Special skills
Preparation of patent applications and Intellectual property stragety planning
Hobbies
DVD viewing (Star Trek)

Patent Attorney Hiroaki Sumii

Hiroaki Sumii

Technical Fields
Software, Information Processing
Certifications
Patent Attorney; Information Technology Engineer, 1st Class; Application Engineer; Technical Engineer (Database)
Background
1996
B.S., Mathematics School of Science, Kobe University
1996
Involved in the design and development of business applications (accounting systems and sales management systems) as an systems engineer at NTT DATA Sekisui Systems Corporation (formerly known as Sekisui Systems Corporation).
2008
Passed Patent Attorney Examination
2009
Joined NII Patent Firm
2009
Registered as Patent Attorney (Registration No. 16342)
2010
Completed Patent Affairs Training Course, BKSB LLP (Virginia, U.S.)
Special skills
Preparation of patent applications related to software inventions
Hobbies
Jogging

Patent Attorney Seiji Santo

Seiji Santo

Technical Fields
Software, Machinery, Mechatronics
Certifications
Patent Attorney; Information Technology Engineer, 1st Class
Background
1997
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Kyoto University
1999
M.S., Energy Conversion Science, Graduate School of Energy Science, Kyoto University
1999-2007
Worked at JGC Corporation (involved in consultation and systems design for manufacturing businesses)
2007
Joined NII Patent Firm
2009
Passed Patent Attorney Examination
2010
Registered as Patent Attorney (Registration No. 16812)
2013
Completed Patent Affairs Training Course, BKSB LLP (Virginia, U.S.)
Special skills
Preparation of patent applications related to software inventions and documents for response to Office Action
Hobbies
Watching Sport, Reading Books

Patent Attorney Shuichi Yoshikawa

Shuichi Yoshikawa

Technical Field
Electricity, Control Engineering, Machinery, Semiconductor Device, High Frequency Device, Electronic Circuit, Battery
Certification
Patent Attorney; Ph.D. in Engineering; Information Technology Engineer, 2nd Class
Background
1987
B.S., Control Engineering, School of Engineering Science, Osaka University
1989
M.Eng., Control Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering Science, Osaka University
1989
Worked at Sanyo Electric Co., Ltd. (involved in research on superconducting device at laboratory)
1992-1994
Involved in research on high frequency Josephson device at Superconductivity Research Laboratory of International Superconductivity Technology Center
1997
Ph.D., Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering Science, Osaka University
1998
Worked at Sanyo Electric Co., Ltd. (involved in high frequency device development project)
2007
Joined NII Patent Firm
2012
Passed Patent Attorney Examination
2013
Registered as Patent Attorney (Registration No. 18943)
2014
Completed the Patent and Intellectual Property Law and Practice Summer Institute hosted by the Center for Advanced Study and Research on Intellectual Property (CASRIP) at the University of Washington
Special skills
Preparation of patent applications related to inventions of electronic device, electric circuit, and semiconductor process
Preparation of documents for response to Office Action
Hobbies
Ball games such as table tennis, baseball, and golf, Jogging, and Karaoke (Japanese oldies from 70's and 80's)

Patent Attorney Kaori Matsuura

Kaori Matsuura

Technical Field
Electricity, Machinery, Electronic Materials
Certification and others
Patent Attorney; Patent Infringement Litigator; Ph.D. in Engineering; Secretarial Skills Test, 2nd Grade; The 6th JSAP Incentive Award for Excellent Presentation (Spring, 1999)
Background
1999
M.Eng., Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Graduate School of Science and Engineering, Yamaguchi University
1999
Worked at Sharp Corporation (involved in design and development of liquid crystal display driver)
2000
Involved in research and development of ferroelectric/piezoelectric material, probe microscope, and memory device at Graduate School of Engineering, Tohoku University (Research Institute of Electrical Communication at Tohoku University)
2003
Ph.D., Electronic Engineering, Department of Electronic Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering, Tohoku University
2003
Worked as a JSPS fellow (Institute for Materials Research, Tohoku University)
2004
Worked as an assistant (Institute of Multi-disciplinary Research for Advanced Materials, Tohoku University)
2007
Worked at YANASE & FURIKADO PATENT ATTORNEYS OFFICE
2009
Joined NII Patent Firm
2012
Passed Patent Attorney Examination
2013
Registered as Patent Attorney (Registration No. 18984)
2014
Qualified as Patent Infringement Litigator
2015
Completed the Patent and Intellectual Property Law and Practice Summer Institute hosted by the Center for Advanced Study and Research on Intellectual Property (CASRIP) at the University of Washington
Special skills
Defining inventions for research and education institutions such as universities
Preparation of patent application
Hobbies
Hot spring bathing, Piano, Billiard (I have my own cue stick.)

Patent Attorney Yoshio Shiohara

Yoshio Shiohara

Technical Field
Information Processing
Certification and others
Patent Attorney; Information Technology Engineer (Information Systems Security Administrator); EIKEN Test in Practical English Proficiency: 1st Grade;Official Business Skill Test in Book-keeping: 2nd Grade
Background
1997
B.A., Human Studies, Faculty of Integrated Human Studies, Kyoto University (majored in human relations and minored in human information theory)
1997-2000
Worked at Lawson, Inc. (assigned to management and administration division)
2000-2008
Worked at translation company (involved in translation coordinator’s job and management of in-house computer system)
2008
Joined NII Patent Firm
2012
Passed Patent Attorney Examination
2013
Registered as Patent Attorney (Registration No. 19002)
2014
Completed the Patent and Intellectual Property Law and Practice Summer Institute hosted by the Center for Advanced Study and Research on Intellectual Property (CASRIP) at the University of Washington
Special skills
Preparation of foreign patent applications and documents for response to Office Action
Hobbies
Art appreciation (especially picture appreciation)

Patent Attorney Masaaki Sobajima

Masaaki Sobajima

Technical Field
Optics, Electricity
Certification and others
Patent Attorney;Ph.D. in Energy Science; Senior Radiation Protection Supervisor
Background
1999
Ph.D., Energy Conversion Science, Graduate School of Energy Science, Kyoto University
1999
Worked at Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. (involved in research and development)
2005
Worked as Fixed-term Patent Examiner at JPO
2012
Passed Patent Attorney Examination
2013
Joined NII Patent Firm
2013
Registered as Patent Attorney (Registration No. 19080)
Special skills
Search for Prior Art
Hobbies
Drive

Patent Attorney Toshiya Takami

Toshiya Takami

Technical Field
Electricity, Information Processing, Machinery
Certification and others
Patent Attorney; Applied Information Technology Engineer
Background
2003
B.S., Undergraduate School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Kyoto University
2003
Worked at Victor Company of Japan, Limited (involved in development of deflection yoke and optical pickup (CD/DVD dual wavelength integrated device))
2010
Worked at FUJITSU TEN TECHNOLOGY., INC (involved in designing of car navigation system and acquisition of product certification)
2011
Joined NII Patent Firm
2013
Passed Patent Attorney Examination
2014
Registered as Patent Attorney (Registration No. 19663)
Special skills
Preparation of application documents
Hobbies
Guitar (and air guitar), Japanese fencing (second grade)