Intellectual Property and Entertainment

A wide range of legal services in the fields of technology, entertainment, and media, including cross-border transactions and disputes

Our legal expertise covers licensing, joint research and development, technology transfers, and other aspects of intellectual property and entertainment practice. We provide advice, assistance, and representation with respect to the management and strategic use of intellectual property, filing and conducting trademark applications, personal information and privacy, contract negotiations, and dispute resolution.

Our lawyers are also active in holding seminars and lectures (for the public and clients), and publishing articles on intellectual property.

Intellectual Property Management

Recent court cases in Japan have made it increasingly important for both large and small companies to give careful attention to the management of intellectual property rights generated in the course of day-to-day operations, particularly in terms of preventing the disclosure of trade secrets. We advise both start-up ventures and large corporations, as well as universities that handle technology transfers, in connection with internal policies and procedures to control, protect, and acquire intellectual property rights, and to increase corporate value through brand strategy.

Trademark Applications

Our trademark team comprises lawyers and a patent attorney who deal with all matters relating to trademarks, including preliminary investigations of trademarks, strategic trademark portfolio advice, applications for registration, transfers and other procedures, and procedures for invalidation. We provide total brand management and support to our clients, from pursuing trademark applications to dealing with infringement matters.

Entertainment and Sports

Our Entertainment Law Practice Group offers services for each phase of the production, acquisition, and distribution of commercial content, such as animated cartoons, motion pictures, games, photographs, books, and music. Our services include preparation of sponsorship and licensing agreements and dispute resolution in connection with performances and other events such as sporting events, art exhibitions, music festivals, and theatrical performances. Our lawyers have practical experience overseas and cooperate with our overseas offices in Asia and other international law firms to assist clients with the acquisition and development of content in multiple markets.


Intellectual Property and Entertainment:People

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Intellectual Property and Entertainment:News

Comments by Atsushi Okada were featured in an OneTrust DataGuidance article titled "Japan: APPI revision includes "strengthening regulations of cross-border data transfers"" published on December 5, 2019
High evaluation received from " Who’s Who Legal: Japan 2019"
Top ranking received in "Who's Who Legal: Japan 2018"
Firm ranks highly in Managing Intellectual Property's "IP Stars Handbook 2018"
Top ranking received in "Who's Who Legal: Japan 2017"

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Intellectual Property and Entertainment:Seminars

Feb. 19, 2020External Seminars
"Data protection regulations in the pharmaceutical industries ~Japan, Thailand and USA~"
Jan. 31, 2020External Seminars
"Legal Frontier in AI, IoT and Big Data, and new regulations for digital markets"
Jan. 29, 2020MHM Seminars
"Digital Health and Law"
Jan. 28, 2020External Seminars
"Potential amendments to Japanese data protection law"
Jan. 27, 2020MHM Seminars
"Digital Health and Law"

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Intellectual Property and Entertainment:Publications

Magazine Article
"Intensive Lecture on Legal Affairs Related to Events (10): Contractual Relationships and Rights Management (2)"
Magazine Article
"Data Compliance Practices in M&A (Agreements)"
Magazine Article
"Intensive Lecture on Legal Affairs Related to Events (9): Contractual Relationships and Rights Management (1) - Music"
Magazine Article
"Legal Issues concerning IoT Advanced Technology - Part 3: Connected Cars and Japan's Legal System"
Book Article
"Improving Efficiency of Research and Development by Utilizing Artificial Intelligence, and the Introduction and Practical Implementation Thereof (Case Studies)"

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