Masako Barnard

Masako Barnard

For over 20 years, Ms. Barnard has been involved with the translation of patent specifications and the prosecution of patent applications, and has intimate knowledge of technical translation and inbound patent application-related difficulties. In addition, she is often called upon to use her wealth of diverse knowledge of organic and inorganic chemistry, polymers, materials, metals and drugs to prepare expert opinions and FTOs for clients in German and English-speaking countries. Ms. Barnard communicates with the managers and representatives of foreign companies without the mediation of interpreters or translators while focusing on acquiring patent rights from the perspective of her clients.

Furthermore, Ms. Barnard often gives presentations for clients from English-speaking and German-speaking countries, informing her clients of changes to Japanese IP-related laws and related court decisions. Ms. Barnard became a member of the IP Education Supporting Committee of the Kanto branch of the Japan Patent Attorneys Association. She teaches classes on IP to elementary and junior high students throughout the Kanto region.

Profession

Patent Attorney

Admissions

Japan Patent Attorneys Association (2012)

Memberships

VPP (Association of Intellectual Property Experts)

Areas of Legal Expertise

Patent applications, trials and appeals, oppositions, expert testimony, FTOs etc.

Areas of Technological Expertise

Chemistry in general, including organic and inorganic chemistry, polymer chemistry, pharmaceutical chemistry, and materials chemistry, pharmaceutical drugs

Professional Experience

2012 – present

Sonderhoff & Einsel, Law and Patent Office

1997 – 2012

S&E Ltd.

Education

1994 – 1997

Dokkyo University, Linguistics, Doctoral course

Publications

”Developments in European IP” (Intellectual Property Law Annual Report 2015-2016 Nippon Hyoron sha co., Ltd., Co-author: Masako Barnard) December, 2015

 

”Developments in European IP” (Intellectual Property Law Annual Report 2016-2017 Nippon Hyoron sha co., Ltd., Co-author: Masako Barnard) December, 2016

 

”(II) Developments in European IP” (Intellectual Property Law Annual Report 2017-2018 pp 187-198, Nippon Hyoron sha co., Ltd., Co-author: Masako Barnard) December, 2017

 

”2 Developments in European IP” (Intellectual Property Law Annual Report 2018-2019 pp 181-194, Nippon Hyoron sha co., Ltd., Co-author: Masako Barnard) December, 2018

 

”II Developments in European IP” (Intellectual Property Law Annual Report 2017-2018 pp 189-201, Nippon Hyoron sha co., Ltd., Co-author: Masako Barnard) December, 2019

 

”2 Developments in European IP” (Intellectual Property Law Annual Report 2020-2021 pp 220-234, Nippon Hyoron sha co., Ltd., Co-author: Masako Barnard) December, 2020

Lectures

”The revision of Patent Act and Design Act in 2020, criteria for the judgement of inventive step, descriptive requirements for patent applications, as well as third party observations, oppositions and invalidation trials in Japan” (VPP Mitte Süd/ Online Seminar) February 17, 2021

 

“Die Revision des Designrechts in Japan” (Preu Bohlig “Aktuelle Entwicklungen im Patent- und Designrecht in Japan und China”) October, 28, 2019

 

”EU-Japan Centre HR Training Program” (EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation) May 18th, 2016

 

“Patents and IP in Japan”( EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation “Internship schemes for EU & Japanese Companies (Vulcanus)”)Oct. 26, 2016

Languages

Japanese, German, English