February 2020

Article written by Watanabe Naoki, one of our attorneys at law, published in the February 2020 issue of “Jiyu to Seigi” (Freedom and Justice), the bulletin of the Japan Federation of Bar Associations.

An article written by Watanabe Naoki, one of our attorneys at law, has been published in the February 2020 issue of “Jiyu to Seigi” (Freedom and Justice), the bulletin of the Japan Federation of Bar Associations. The article introduces “Kodomo Roppou” (The Six Law Codes for Children”, which was written by Souichirou Yamazaki and published in August, 2019 by Koubundou.

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On February 05, 2020, S&E held an EU Design Study Session titled, “Design Protection in Europe – a Strong IP Right”.

On February 05, 2019, S&E held an EU Design study session titled, “Design Protection in Europe – a Strong IP Right”.

 

S&E invited Dr. Achim Vierheilig, patent attorney of Klunker IP and Mr. Andreas Haberl, Attorney at law of Preu Bohlig.

 

At the study session, Mr. Haberl and Dr. Vierheilig provided a presentation on four topics focused on “Obtaining Design Protection in Europe”, “Scope of Protection and Filing Strategies”, “Design Protection without Registration” and “Update Brexit”.

 

They explained the comparison of the registration of designs in Germany and the EU, scope of protection, and design infringement by using many actual cases. Furthermore, they explained the effects on EU design, changes and key points after Brexit, effects on pending EU Design applications, and exhaustion of design rights.

 

This study session was held in English and our patent attorney provided interpretation in Japanese.

 

S&E also had a reception after the study group to allow participants further opportunities to communicate with Dr. Achim Vierheilig and Mr. Andreas Haberl.

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We Welcome a New Corporate and M&A Partner and Former Big Four Associate to the Firm

We are pleased to announce that Mr. Naoki Watanabe and Mr. Shohei Teramae have joined our firm.

Naoki was a partner at a Magic Circle UK firm and a global U.S.-based law firm in Tokyo and looks back on nearly three decades of practice as a lawyer.  He has various experience in the area of domestic and international M&A, compliance and regulatory matters for healthcare companies. Following his private practice experience, he moved in-house to Sojitz Corporation and held various executive positions where he supervised legal matters, M&A, post-merger integration, internal control and group governance as the head of the M&A Management Office, Controllers’ Office, and member of the investment committee and the internal control committee. He was also the non-resident board member at some of Sojitz’s key subsidiaries.  Shohei has been mainly involved in banking and finance transactions, and general corporate matters at one of the Big Four domestic law firms in Japan.

We are excited to have Naoki and Shohei join our team of lawyers who advise multinational clients, and the breadth of their experience and capabilities will further strengthen our international capabilities.

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