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:Newsletters

TECH, IP AND TELECOMS LAW UPDATES
TECH, IP AND TELECOMS LAW UPDATES Vol.2 March 2023
TECH, IP AND TELECOMS LAW UPDATES
TECH, IP AND TELECOMS LAW UPDATES Vol.1 January 2023

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Intellectual Property and Entertainment:News

Awards
Top Rankings Received from Chambers Global 2023
Awards
Top Rankings Received in The Nikkei's "Corporate Legal Tax Affairs and Lawyer Survey 2022"
Awards
Atsushi Okada listed in IAM Global Leaders 2023
Public Service
The "Guidelines on Random-type Sales of NFTs," whose formulation included the involvement of Masafumi Masuda, are released
Awards
Top Rankings received from asialaw 2023, the definitive guide to Asia's leading law firms and lawyers

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Intellectual Property and Entertainment:Seminars

Nov. 3, 2022External Seminars
『Policy Trend and Current Discussion on Metaverse in Japan』
Oct. 31, 2022External Seminars
”IBA Annual Conference Miami 2022 『Around the tables: a taste of hot topics in the Intellectual Property, Communications and Technology Section』”
Sep. 6, 2022External Seminars
『The updates of Economic Security Promotion Act and the coming policies for Economic Security』
Jul. 20, 2022External Seminars
『Academia and Industry Patent Disputes in Japan』
Apr. 7, 2022External Seminars
”Japan's legal approach to AI / data transactions"

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Intellectual Property and Entertainment:Publications

Book Article
"Introduction to Economic Security for Corporate Legal Affairs"
Magazine Article
"IP Case Bulletin: Patent Infringement and the Principle of Geographical Jurisdiction - DWANGO vs FC2 (Program Invention) Case (Appellate Instance), IP High Court Decision Dated July 20, 2022"
Book
"NFT Market Entry Manual for Creators"
Magazine Panel Discussion
”Round-Table Talk: Talk about the Metaverse”
Book
”Comprehensive Analysis of M&A Laws of Japan, 2nd edition”

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