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

Awards
Top Rankings received from asialaw 2023, the definitive guide to Asia's leading law firms and lawyers
Awards
Top rankings received in “IP STARS 2022”
Awards
Top Rankings Received From Euromoney’s Benchmark Litigation Asia-Pacific 2022
Awards
Lawyers from Mori Hamada & Matsumoto were included in the 13th edition of The Best Lawyers in Japan™ and the inaugural Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in Japan™
Public Service
Atsushi Okada states opinions regarding Japan's approach to AI/data transactions as member of Japanese delegation at Working Group on Electronic Commerce of UNCITRAL (United Nations Commission on International Trade Law)

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Intellectual Property and Entertainment:Seminars

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"
Mar. 29, 2022External Seminars
”IBA Japan Webinar: Economy and National Security: Update on the Economic Security Promotion Bill and its Impact on Business”
Mar. 22, 2022External Seminars
"Economy and National Security: Overview of the Economic Security Promotion Bill and Its Impact on Business"

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Intellectual Property and Entertainment:Publications

Magazine Article
"Latest Practical Issues and Challenges for Protection of Personal Data (Part 10): Incident Response (2)"
Magazine Article
”The Pharmaceutical Intellectual Property and Competition Law Review 3rd Edition - Japan Chapter”
Magazine
"NFT Utilization and Policy Trends"
Magazine Article
"2022 Revision of the Interpretative Guidelines on Electronic Commerce and Information Property Trading"
Magazine Article
"Economic Security for Corporate Legal Affairs (Final): 11 Key Fields for Understanding Economic Security - Protection of State Secrets (Security Clearance), Research Integrity, and Immigration Control"

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