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Name Position Company
Eric Damon Director, IP licensing, Asia-Pacific IBM Corporation
Jako Eleveld Head of IP licensing Philips Intellectual Property & Standards
Norishige Hayakawa CEO Hagaminomori Corporation
Doris Johnson Hines Partner Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP
Shoei Imai General manager, IP division FUJIFILM Corporation
Setsuo Iuchi Secretary general, IP strategy headquarters Cabinet Secretariat
Xiangyun Jin Managing partner and patent attorney Chofn IP
Dina Kallay Director, intellectual property and competition, IP rights and licensing Ericsson
Eiji Katayama Partner Abe, Ikubo & Katayama
Masanobu Katoh Executive director and country head, Japan Invention Development Fund
Yuichiro Kawamura Senior vice president Honda Patents & Technologies North America
Hiroshi Kawana General manager, IP department KDDI Corporation
Motoyuki Koike General manager, IP risk management department, IP division Sony
Yoshinori Komiya Commissioner Japan Patent Office
Terry Ludlow President TechInsights
Kenichi Nagasawa Managing executive officer and group executive, corporate IP and legal headquarters Canon Inc
Tatsuo Nakamura President and CEO VALUENEX, Inc
Makoto Ogino Professor and head of the master's of IP department Tokyo University of Science Graduate School of Innovation Studies
Maki Ohmizu Senior vice president, legal, compliance and intellectual property Fujitsu Limited
Yoichi Okumura Global head of intellectual property Takeda Pharmaceuticals
Shoichi Okuyama Principal Okuyama & Sasajima
Bin Sun Chief legal officer Xiaomi Inc
Yoshiaki Tokuda General manager, strategy department, IP centre Panasonic Corporation
Tatsuaki Wakabayashi Managing director, IP department NTT DOCOMO, INC
Toshiya Watanabe Professor, Policy Alternatives Research Institute University of Tokyo
Logan Xie Vice president, global patents LeEco
Hidehiro Yokoo Former secretary general, IP strategy headquarters Cabinet Secretariat
Shigeharu Yoshii CEO IP Bridge Inc


Eric Damon

Eric Damon is director of IP licensing, Asia-Pacific for IBM Corporation.

Mr Damon has held various IP and legal roles within IBM over the past 12 years, including as counsel and head of the IP enforcement and monetisation team, counsel for the growth market unit while on assignment in Shanghai and counsel in corporate litigation. In these roles, he has led and managed a wide variety of high-profile IP, patent and commercial disputes, as well as antitrust and other regulatory matters throughout the United States and Asia-Pacific. Before joining IBM, he litigated numerous patent, trademark, copyright and complex commercial matters at Howard, Rice, Nemerovski in California and worked on a range of IP licensing, private equity, M&A and other transactional matters while with Foley Hoag in Boston.

Mr Damon obtained an electrical/computer engineering degree from Tufts University and a JD from the University of Southern California Gould School of Law.

Eric Damon

Jako Eleveld

Jako Eleveld is on the executive management team of Philips Intellectual Property & Standards (Philips IP&S), a leading industrial IP organisation that handles all IP matters for Royal Philips. As head of IP licensing, Mr Eleveld is responsible for Royal Philips’ IP monetisation, including patent and technology licensing, IP sales, new business development and IP venturing.

Royal Philips has a long history in making R&D results available to the market. Licences and enabling tools are offered by Royal Philips’ own global IP licensing team and also through patent pools and partnerships. In many cases, Philips IP&S has been instrumental in the development of patent pools and other innovative solutions to enable the IP marketplace.

Mr Eleveld has over 17 years’ experience in intellectual property. In previous positions he was responsible for IP protection and transactional matters for Philips Semiconductors, Philips Group Innovation and Philips Consumer Lifestyle.

Jako Eleveld

Norishige Hayakawa

Norishige Hayakawa, CEO of Hagaminomori Corporation, is a business architect. He previously worked at Mitusi & Co, where he incubated new businesses around the world in various fields, including intellectual property.

Mr Hayakawa has led many business projects – from government-funded infrastructure projects to business alliance projects with overseas companies for Komatsu, Panasonic and Toshiba, among others.

In the IP field, Mr Hayakawa was a founding member and chief strategy officer of IP Bridge, funded by the Innovation Network Corporation of Japan.

Using his project management, finance and IP know-how, Mr Hayakawa is now a business adviser for companies in the United States and Japan.

Norishige Hayakawa

Doris Johnson Hines

Doris Johnson Hines is a partner in Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP’s Washington DC office. She focuses on patent litigation and has led teams before US district courts, the US International Trade Commission and arbitration panels. She has argued a number of cases before the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

Ms Hines is experienced in a wide range of technologies, but primarily those in the electrical area – including semiconductor, internet, electronic, smartphone and telecommunication technologies.

Ms Hines regularly represents clients in mediations and assists in licensing negotiations. She advises clients on strategic patent prosecution, patent monetisation strategies and patent damages, including standard-essential patent and fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory issues.

Previously, Ms Hines was involved in patent application drafting and worldwide prosecution. She has ongoing experience in reissue, re-examination and inter partes review proceedings before the US Patent and Trademark Office Patent Trial and Appeal Board.

Doris Johnson Hines

Shoei Imai

After graduating university in April 1981, Shoei Imai joined Hitachi Ltd’s IP group, where he handled IP prosecutions.

He joined Nippon Steel Corporation in April 1989 and was involved in its IP department and newly formed electronics-related business department, where he helped to expand its steel manufacturing business.   

Following the decision to discontinue its semiconductor business in 1999, Mr Imai left Nippon Steel and joined FUJI Photo Film Corporation (now FUJIFILM Corporation). He was assigned to the patent department’s IP litigation and licensing team.

Mr Imai was appointed general manager of FUJIFILM Corporation’s IP legal division in April 2013. In June 2016 he was promoted to head of the IP division, responsible for all of FUJIFILM Corporation’s IP-related matters.

Shoei Imai

Setsuo Iuchi

Setsuo Iuchi has been secretary general of the IP strategy headquarters since June 2016. He is responsible for developing an annual IP strategy that is approved by the prime minister, as well as coordinating its government-wide implementation and promoting its content, among other things.

Since joining the Japanese government in 1983, Mr Iuchi has held a wide range of senior positions at the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and other government organisations, developing professional expertise across key policy areas such as energy and environment, trade and research and development. Most recently, he was director general for the METI Regional Economic and Industrial Policy Bureau, which is responsible for promoting local economies and industries.

Mr Iuchi is a graduate of the University of Tokyo Faculty of Law and the Columbia University Graduate School of Business where he graduated with honours.

Setsuo Iuchi

Xiangyun Jin

Xiangyun Jin graduated from Changchun University of Science and Technology in 1994 with a bachelor’s of engineering in optical technology and precision instruments. He graduated from Osaka Prefecture University in 2003 with a master’s of engineering in mechanics.

Mr Jin’s practice covers patent searches, infringement analysis and drafting, prosecution, re-examination, invalidation and litigation of inventions, utility models and designs in a variety of technical fields. Such fields include photo-electricity, mechanics, semi-conductors and electro-telecommunications, particularly in regards to sensors, image processing, transmissions, displays, computer technology, the Internet and home appliances.

Mr Jin frequently lectures clients and legal practitioners in order to facilitate face-to-face discussions on key cases and provide prompt application strategy solutions and practice tips. As a result, he is highly regarded by clients.

Mr Jin was chief translator of Introduction to the Patent Law of China (abridged), published in Japan in 2015. He has also published numerous papers.

Xiangyun Jin

Dina Kallay

Dina Kallay is director of intellectual property and competition at Ericsson, a world-leading provider of telecommunications equipment and services.

Before joining Ericsson, Dr Kallay was IP and international antitrust counsel at the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for more than six years. At the FTC, she also worked on Asian and multilateral competition matters, liaising with the Japan Fair Trade Commission, the Korean Fair Trade Commission and Chinese anti-monopoly agencies.

Before joining the FTC, Dr Kallay practised antitrust and intellectual property at various law firms and was in-house antitrust counsel for Microelectrónica Española.

Previously, she clerked at the European Commission Directorate General for Competition, focusing on antitrust investigations and IP policy matters. 

Dr Kallay has a doctorate from the University of Michigan; her doctoral dissertation focused on antitrust-IP interface issues. She has written and spoken extensively on antitrust and intellectual property and has taught both subjects as an adjunct professor. 

Dina Kallay

Eiji Katayama

Eiji Katayama is an experienced patent litigation counsellor in Japan. He received a bachelor of engineering from Kyoto University in 1973 and a bachelor of laws from Kobe University in 1982. Since 1991, Mr Katayama has been a partner of Abe, Ikubo & Katayama in Tokyo. He was admitted to practise in Japan in 1984 and in New York in 1989.

Mr Katayama is a former chair of the Japan Bar Association IP Centre and a former president of the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property Japan. He is a professor at the Munich IP Law Centre and co-author of Japanese Patent Litigation (West, 2012). 

Eiji Katayama

Masanobu Katoh

Masanobu Katoh is country head, Japan for the Invention Development Fund (IDF), where he develops invention programmes for Japan’s leading companies. 

Before focusing on the IDF, Mr Katoh spent six years at Intellectual Ventures (IV), managing all of its activities in Japan. IDF began as a business managed by IV, but formally spun-out into an independent entity in May 2016. 

Before IV, Mr Katoh spent more than 30 years at Fujitsu. His various posts included:

  • head of Fujitsu’s IP and legal groups;
  • chair and CEO of Fujitsu Management Services America (in Silicon Valley);
  • senior vice president of Fujitsu Laboratories; and
  • executive vice president of the Fujitsu Research Institute. 

Mr Katoh received his bachelor of laws from the University of Tokyo and his master’s of law from the University of Michigan Law School. He is a member of the Washington, DC and New York Bars.     

Masanobu Katoh

Yuichiro Kawamura

Since 1980, Yuichiro Kawamura has engaged in a variety of IP business fields such as IP administration, IP-related technical contracts (eg, licences and joint development contracts), IP litigation, IP management and venture investment.

At the start of his career, he worked at Honda R&D Co, Ltd, Honda R&D Americas, Inc (California), Honda Motor Co Ltd and Honda Patents & Technologies North America. In addition to his IP career, in 2007 he led a project to establish GE Honda Aero Engines, a joint venture that manufactured turbo fan engines for a business jet application. From 2008, he managed general IP activities for Honda Motor’s global operations. He is now senior vice president of Honda Patents & Technologies North America, with responsibility for its IP activities in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

Mr Kawamura was a managing director and vice president of the Japan Intellectual Property Association.

Yuichiro Kawamura

Hiroshi Kawana

Hiroshi Kawana is general manager of the IP department at KDDI Corporation, which provides mobile and fixed-line communications services under the brand name au, as well as various applications and other services in Japan and abroad.

Mr Kawana is responsible for all of KDDI’s IP activities, including IP portfolio development, licensing and litigation. He has more than 15 years’ experience in intellectual property.

Mr Kawana is a registered patent attorney in Japan.

Hiroshi Kawana

Motoyuki Koike

Since joining Sony, Motoyuki Koike has led patent portfolio management, cross-licensing matters, initiatives with other industry players and patent acquisition, among other things.

At present, Mr Koike manages the patent litigation team of Sony Corporation and its subsidiary, Sony Mobile Communications. The team has undertaken litigation in various countries – including the United States, China and across Europe – regarding a range of technologies, such as semiconductors, communication technology and software.

Motoyuki Koike

Yoshinori Komiya

Yoshinori Komiya received a bachelor of economics from Tokyo University in 1984 and joined the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (now the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry).

From 2001 to 2004 he was director of the IP Policy Office of the Economic and Industrial Policy Bureau. In 2004 he was appointed director of the Industrial Machinery Division of the Manufacturing Industries Bureau, and in 2005 was concurrently assigned director of the Robotics Industry Office. In 2010 he was appointed director of the General Policy Division of the Agency for Natural Resources and Energy.

From 2012 to 2014 he was co-chief operating officer of the Innovation Network Corporation of Japan, advancing efforts to further the utilisation of IP assets. From 2014 he supported the prime minister at the Cabinet Office, leading the development of Japan spatial policies.

In June 2016 he became commissioner of the Japan Patent Office.      

Yoshinori Komiya

Terry Ludlow

Terry Ludlow is president of TechInsights and a member of its board of directors. Before the merger of Chipworks Inc and TechInsights in June 2016, Mr Ludlow was the founder and CEO of Chipworks. He is a leader and pioneer in the use of advanced semiconductor reverse engineering processes to support innovative product design and leverage maximum value from intellectual property.

Business leaders, technical teams and legal counsel alike turn to Mr Ludlow for technological knowledge and support on a broad range of issues, including the improvement of innovation programmes, detection of patent infringement and development of strategies that optimise the value of technology patent portfolio. Mr Ludlow has been routinely recognised as one of the world’s foremost IP strategists by IAM.

An exceptional and well-travelled speaker, Mr Ludlow frequently addresses industry conferences including the IPBC and those of the Licensing Executives Society. 

Terry Ludlow

Kenichi Nagasawa

Kenichi Nagasawa was appointed head of Canon Inc’s IP and legal headquarters in April 2010.

He joined Canon Inc in 1981. After gaining significant patent prosecution experience, Mr Nagasawa was seconded to Canon Europe Ltd from 2001 to 2006 as head of its IP group. Having served as senior general manager of its IP technology centre from 2006 to 2008, he was transferred to Canon USA Inc, where he was head of its IP division from 2008 to February 2010. After returning to Canon Inc, Mr Nagasawa served as a director and board member and in March 2016 he became managing executive officer.

Mr Nagasawa has been a member of the Evaluation, Planning and Verification Committee of the government’s IP strategy headquarters since November 2013 and is president of the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property Japan.

Kenichi Nagasawa

Tatsuo Nakamura

Tatsuo Nakamura is the founder and chief executive officer of VALUENEX, Inc. He created VALUENEX after spending almost 20 years working as a distinguished consultant and thought leader in Japan's scientific establishments. He worked as a consultant in the prestigious Mitsubishi Research Institute for 15 years, specialising in operations research, intellectual property and data mining. He was also an assistant professor at the University of Tokyo and Waseda University.

During his time as a consultant, Mr Nakamura developed the algorithm that became XLUS TechRadar – a panoramic-view analytics and researching tool that provides radar visualisation of patent similarities, which was a dramatic innovation in the IP field. He established VALUENEX as a leader in the IP field with a long list of clients, including more than 50 of Japan’s top companies. In 2014 he opened the VALUENEX office in Menlo Park, California to lead the company’s entry into the US market. 

Tatsuo Nakamura

Makoto Ogino

Makoto Ogino is a professor in the master’s of IP department of the Tokyo University of Science Graduate School for Innovation Studies. He is also head of the department. Before being appointed to the professorship in April 2012, Professor Ogino worked for Hitachi, Ltd and Hitachi Kokusai Electric Inc as manager and general manager, directing patent licensing projects for more than 20 years.

Professor Ogino received a BA in political science from Waseda University, a BA in law from Tokyo Metropolitan University and an MA in law from Tsukuba University. He studied law at St Peter’s College, Oxford under the tutorial guidance of Peter Hayward, founding director of the Oxford IP Research Centre. Mr Ogino has also completed the Programme for Global Leadership at Harvard Business School.

Makoto Ogino

Maki Ohmizu

Maki Ohmizu is deputy head of the legal, compliance and IP unit at Fujitsu Limited. Mr Ohmizu started his career in 1989 in the legal division at Fujitsu, where he worked on various patent licensing negotiations and litigations in the field of semiconductors, notably including Fujitsu Limited v Texas Instruments Inc. In 2011 he was appointed as director of the legal department, external relations and strategies at Fujitsu Limited, representing the company in IP negotiations and litigations. In 2013 he was appointed as senior vice president of Fujitsu’s IP unit, a position he held until his most recent appointment as deputy head of legal, compliance and intellectual property.

Mr Ohmizu graduated from Hokkaido University with a BA in law and received his LLM from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He is admitted to practise law in New York.

Maki Ohmizu

Yoichi Okumura

Yoichi Okumura joined Takeda Pharmaceuticals in 1984, where he has spent most of his career working in the fields of IP litigation, IP licensing, patent filing and prosecution and freedom-to-operate searches and studies. He also worked outside the IP field for several years, conducting business development in an M&A field and securing product licensing deals. While working in both the IP and business development departments of Takeda, Mr Okumura was seconded to two US subsidiaries to manage local patent litigation and head a local business development team, respectively. 

Since 2007 Mr Okumura has led Takeda’s IP team, which comprises approximately 110 people in the United States, Switzerland, Germany, the United Kingdom and Japan.  

Yoichi Okumura

Shoichi Okuyama

Shoichi Okuyama has been principal of Okuyama & Sasajima since 2009. Before that – from 2001 to 2009 – he was principal partner at Okuyama & Co. Mr Okuyama has a bachelor's in electrical engineering with an electronic emphasis from Waseda University, Tokyo, a bachelor’s in chemistry from Iowa State University and a PhD in physical chemistry from the University of Chicago. He registered as a Japanese patent attorney in 1990.

Mr Okuyama has received a number of awards, including an award of merit from the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property in 2011 and a distinguished service medal from the Linn Inn Alliance of the American Inns of Court in 2013. He was president of the Japan Patent Attorneys Association from 2011 to 2013. He also serves as an expert member of the Intellectual Property Strategy Headquarters, organised by the Japanese prime minister.

Shoichi Okuyama

Bin Sun

Bin Sun is chief legal officer at Xiaomi Inc. Before joining Xiaomi, Dr Sun was head of intellectual property at BOE Technology Group. 

Dr Sun is actively involved in IP legislation and has recommended revisions and  improvements of China’s IP laws and regulations. She has also acted as the Chinese enterprise delegate in multilateral negotiations.

Dr Sun has a PhD and a JD and is a registered attorney in the United States. 

Bin Sun

Yoshiaki Tokuda

Since 2013 Yoshiaki Tokuda has leveraged his practical expertise and extensive business experience to lead the Panasonic group’s global IP strategy as general manager of the strategy department in Panasonic Corporation’s IP centre.

In 1989 he began his career at the Panasonic headquarters, dealing with a wide range of IP activities, including patent prosecution, licensing and litigation. From 1997 to 2013 he worked at Panasonic Mobile Communications Co, Ltd and contributed to its mobile phone business through IP-related negotiations and contracts with worldwide competitors.

Mr Tokuda has also developed his professional expertise outside the Panasonic group. From 1990 to 1991 he conducted research on IP systems in the United States and Europe at the Institute of Intellectual Property, an influential non-profit institution founded by the Japanese government. From 1995 to 1997 he worked at a law firm in New York.

Yoshiaki Tokuda

Tatsuaki Wakabayashi

Tatsuaki Wakabayashi is managing director of NTT DOCOMO, INC’s IP department.

He is responsible for the development and implementation of DOCOMO’s overall IP rights strategies, making effective use of the company’s worldwide portfolio of more than 13,000 patents and supporting its R&D and business units in IP rights issues.


Tatsuaki Wakabayashi

Toshiya Watanabe

Toshiya Watanabe graduated from the Tokyo Institute of Technology with a PhD in 1994. He was an R&D and executive manager for TOTO LTD from 1985 to 2001 and has been a visiting professor at the University of Tokyo since 2001.       

He is currently a professor at the Policy Alternatives Research Institute and is also a professor in the department of technology management for innovation at the Graduate School of Engineering.

He is chairman of the professional committee of the Intellectual Property Strategy Headquarters and of the Intellectual Property Association of Japan.

Mr Watanabe has written eight books and approximately 100 academic papers. He has presented more than 200 oral presentations worldwide.

Toshiya Watanabe

Logan Xie

Logan Xie is global patent vice president of LeEco Group. He is responsible for global IP issues, including litigation, licensing, transactions, capitalisation, patent portfolios and IP strategy development.

Before joining LeEco, Mr Xie successfully represented Huawei in the trade secret case Huawei v Motorola and the International Trade Commission Section 337 investigation InterDigital v Huawei, both of which were milestone rulings. 

Logan Xie

Hidehiro Yokoo

Hidehiro Yokoo joined Japan’s Ministry of International Trade and Industry (now the Ministry of Economy Trade and Industry (METI)) in 1982 after receiving a bachelor of laws from the University of Tokyo. He also received a master’s of science from Georgetown University, United States in 1990.

Mr Yokoo has held various positions at METI, including director of the Minister’s Secretariat budget and accounts division (2007 to 2008), director general of the Small and Medium Enterprise Agency’s business environment department (2008 to 2009) and director general of the Agency for Natural Resources and Energy’s electricity and gas industry department (2009 to 2011). He was appointed president of the Japan External Trade Organisation (2011 to 2013) and was later designated as director general of the METI Trade and Economic Cooperation Bureau (2013 to 2014). He served as secretary general of the Cabinet Secretariat’s IP strategy headquarters from July 2014 to June 2016.

Hidehiro Yokoo

Shigeharu Yoshii

Shigeharu Yoshii is a founder and chief executive officer of IP Bridge Inc. He manages the monetisation of dormant intellectual property and the creation of new businesses based on intellectual property and IP finance.

Before joining IP Bridge, Mr Yoshii was general counsel and a board member of Coca-Cola Japan. He then went on to revitalise the business operations of leading IT publisher ASCII, where – as chief operating officer and chief financial officer – he revived and monetised its neglected intellectual property.

More recently, Mr Yoshii was enlisted to help Sanyo Electric Company to become profitable. As their top executive, he not only monetised its intellectual property, but also strengthened Sanyo’s organisational capacity for effective IP litigation.

In October 2015 Mr Yoshii was a member of the Japanese government’s Cabinet IP Strategic Headquarters Planning Committee.

Shigeharu Yoshii

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