Mr. Akabane worked at patent firms for many years, mainly in the machinery, electrical and IT fields in addition to drafting patent applications, performing patent prosecution handling inbound and outbound tasks, providing expert opinions, brainstorming, acting as an IP consultant and handling searches. He also participated in searches contracts, IP consulting and served as a contact person for patent firms, coordinated invention content and brainstormed at the IP divisions of private enterprises. Mr. Akabane leverages his experience working at both patent firms and IP departments of private enterprises to consistently offer IP services while keeping the client’s viewpoint in mind.
Japan Patent Attorneys Association (2011)
Qualified IP Litigator in Japan (2014)
Japan Patent Attorneys Association
Areas of Legal Expertise
Patent and utility model applications, trials and appeals, expert opinions, litigations
Areas of Technological Expertise
Machinery, electric and information technology, specifically industrial machinery including tools and agricultural equipment, medical devices, optical machinery including image sensors, image formation devices and laser sources, lighting devices including automobile lights and general lighting, acoustic devices such as microphones and speakers, telecommunications infrastructure and many types of software-related technologies. Qualified as an Information Systems Security Administrator (SU)
2018 – present
Sonderhoff & Einsel, Law and Patent Office
2015 – 2018
Ebisu International Patent Office
2011 – 2015
Tsumugi IP Law Firm
2004 – 2011
Stanley Electric Co., Ltd.
2001 – 2004
IP Firm Shuwa
2000 – 2001
Tajima Roofing Inc.
Nihon University College of Science and Technology, Mechanical Engineering