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.9 May 2024
TECH, IP AND TELECOMS LAW UPDATES
TECH, IP AND TELECOMS LAW UPDATES Vol.8 March 2024
TECH, IP AND TELECOMS LAW UPDATES
TECH, IP AND TELECOMS LAW UPDATES Vol.7, January 2024
TECH, IP AND TELECOMS LAW UPDATES
TECH, IP AND TELECOMS LAW UPDATES Vol.6, November 2023
TECH, IP AND TELECOMS LAW UPDATES
TECH, IP AND TELECOMS LAW UPDATES Vol.5 September 2023

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Intellectual Property and Entertainment:News

Public Service
Masafumi Masuda becomes a secretary of the Governance Subcommittee of the Research Group on Contents AI
Awards
MHM receives award at Benchmark Litigation Asia-Pacific 2024
Awards
Top rankings received from Benchmark Litigation Asia-Pacific 2024
Awards
The Best Lawyers in Japan™ and Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in Japan™ (2025 edition)
Awards
Yoshifumi Onodera and Atsushi Okada listed in "Japan's IP Experts 2024" by Asia IP

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Intellectual Property and Entertainment:Seminars

May 22, 2024External Seminars
"IP and Innovation | Decoding Copyright in the Era of ChatGPT: Generative AI and Copyright Law"
May 9, 2024External Seminars
"2nd Annual Conference on AI and IP"
Oct. 17, 2023 - Oct. 19, 2023External Seminars
"Judicial Symposium on Intellectual Property/TOKYO2023-JSIP2023~IP Dispute Resolution in Asia~"
Sep. 12, 2023External Seminars
"Japan: AI governance, IP protections, Data Free Flow with Trust (DFFT)"
Sep. 7, 2023External Seminars
"IBA Conference 'Metaverse; Artificial Intelligence; and Web3.0 Technology' "

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Intellectual Property and Entertainment:Publications

Magazine Article
"Series: Technology x Copyright - Keywords for Promoting a Better Understanding (2): EU AI Act"
Magazine Article
"AI Governance Consultation (4): Developers (1)"
Magazine Article
"Practical Q&A on the Act on the Protection of Personal Information (Part 7): Reporting in Cases of Data Breach Involving Multiple Business Operators"
Article
"The Financial Technology Law Review Edition 7 - Japan"
Magazine Article
"Series: Technology x Copyright - Keywords for Promoting a Better Understanding (1): Basic Act on Promotion of Responsible AI (Tentative Name)"

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