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Oshima, Nishimura & Miyanaga PPC

Partner  Masako Nishimura Trademark / Patent Attorney

Background

Tsuda College, Faculty of Liberal Arts, Department of International Relations (Undergraduate Degree)
Tsuda College, Graduate Program (International Master’s Degree)
Tokyo Metropolitan University, Faculty of Law (Undergraduate Degree)
Hitotsubashi University Graduate School of International Business Strategy, Intellectual Property Strategy Course (Graduate Degree in Business Law)

 

1992: Patent Attorney Exam Passed
2005: IP Infringement Lawsuit Counsel Examination Passed
2006: IP Infringement Lawsuit Counsel Registered
2007: Established Nishimura & Miyanaga PPC
2014: Established Oshima, Nishimura & Miyanaga PPC (incorporated in 2011)

Languages

Japanese, English

Lectures and Courses

Tokyo University of Science Graduate School of Master of Intellectual Property, Professor, 2007-2012、2016-
Tsuda College, Department of Computer Science (Introduction to Intellectual Property), Adjunct Professor, 2009-2011
Bunka Fashion Graduate University (Intellectual Property Management), Adjunct Professor, 2007-
Japan Patent Attorneys Association Practical Training Instructor,
2008-

 

Memberships and Committees

Japan Patent Attorneys Association Central Research Institute of Intellectual Property Researcher (Unfair Competition Division Member), 2000-2004
Patent Attorney Examination Committee Member (Design), 2004-2005
Japan Patent Attorneys Association Unfair Competition Prevention Law Commission Chair, 2006
Japan Trademark Association Executive Director (Court Decision Study Group Chair), 2003-2010
Japan Trademark Association Director, 2003-
International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI) Japan
AIPPI(JAPAN)Editorial Committee Member, 2011-
Patent Attorney Examination Committee Member (Trademarks), 2014-2015
Japan Intellectual Property Arbitration Center, Mediator, Arbitrator & Panelists Candidate, 2013-
Japan Intellectual Property Arbitration Center, JP Domain Name Dispute Resolution Panelists Candidate, 2015-

Introduction

Masako Nishimura is co-founder of Oshima, Nishimura & Miyanaga PPC. Masako has more than 20 years of experience in handling trademarks and designs for domestic and overseas clients. After qualifying as a patent/trademark attorney, Masako worked for Suzuye & Suzuye Patent Law Firm until August 2001, then became a partner in charge of trademarks at SHOYO IP Firm in Yokohama in September 2001. In May 2007, she founded Nishimura & Miyanaga, a boutique trademark firm, in Tokyo. Masako focuses on providing expert opinions on trademark and design matters requested by major brands from both legal and practical standpoints.

 

Masako is also qualified as an IP Litigation attorney, handling disputes and litigation in the areas of trademarks and designs, and unfair competitions relating to both. Masako is active in the educational field, with many students both domestic and international. She has also written a large volume of articles, chapters and textbooks on law and practice relating to trademarks and unfair competition.

 

In her spare time, Masako plays the piano, flute and cello. She loves talking over wine.

Partner  Sakae Miyanaga Trademark / Patent Attorney

Background

Keio University Faculty of Law Department of Political Science (Undergraduate Degree)
1996: Suzuye & Suzuye Patent Law Firm
1998: Patent Attorney Registration
2003: Soei Patent & Law Firm
2007: Established Nishimura & Miyanaga PPC
2014: Established Oshima, Nishimura & Miyanaga PPC (incorporated in 2011)

Languages

Japanese, English

Lectures and Courses

“The Japanese Trademark System and Madrid Protocol System” (WIPO Thailand), 2005
“US Trademark Practices and Hot Topics” (Thomson Reuters), 2008
WIPO “Standing Committee on the Law of Trademarks, Industrial Designs and Geographical Indications” (Observer, Japan Patent Attorneys Association Representative), 2013
WIPO “Madrid Protocol Working Group” (Observer, Japan Patent Attorneys Association Representative), 2014
Tokyo University of Science Graduate School of Master of Intellectual Property, Adjunct Professor, 2014-

Memberships and Committees

Japan Patent Attorneys Association

Information Center Deputy Director, 2002-2004
Counterfeit Goods Committee Vice Chairman, 2005
Trademark Committee, 2006
International Activity Center, 2007
Permanent Member, 2009-2010
Training Institute Deputy Director, 2008-2012
Trademark Committee Vice Chairman, 2013-2014
Patent Attorney Examination Committee (Trademark), 2009-2010

Japan Intellectual Property Arbitration Center

Mediator, Arbitrator & Panelists Candidate, 2013-
JP Domain Name Dispute Resolution Panelists Candidate, 2015-

Introduction

Sakae Miyanaga is co-founder of Oshima, Nishimura & Miyanaga PPC. He specializes in the management of trademark portfolios, including clearance search, prosecution, opposition, customs action, license, enforcement and global trademark protection strategy. After qualifying as a patent (trademark) attorney in 1998, Sakae began his professional career at the Suzuye & Suzuye Patent Law Firm and the Soei Patent Law Firm. In 2007, Sakae founded Nishimura & Miyanaga Trademark Attorneys PPC, and Oshima, Nishimura & Miyanaga PPC in 2014. His clients cover a broad range of industries with particular experience in fashion, distribution, entertainment, finance, food and computer services.

 

Sakae has taught numerous seminars about local and global trademark practices to clients and trademark professionals from many different countries. His wealth of knowledge and expertise about foreign trademark systems including the Madrid system, and his global legal network, provide added value to clients. He attends WIPO conferences and meetings as a representative of the Japan Patent Attorneys Association.  His knowledge has helped to publish the book of Indian trademark practice.

 

Sakae speaks fluent English and Japanese. He holds a bachelor's degree in Political Science from Keio University. His soccer skill is (or was) remarkable.

Hiromi Tabata Trademark / Patent Attorney

Background

Yokohama City University Department of Economics and Business Administration (Undergraduate Degree)
1989-1998: Yokohama City Hall Planning and Finance Bureau
2006: Patent Attorney Registration
2006: Yokohama City Patent Office
2007: Nishimura & Miyanaga PPC
2014: Oshima, Nishimura & Miyanaga PPC

Languages

Japanese, English

Memberships and Committees

Japan Patent Attorneys Association

Design Committee, 2006
Information Center, 2007
Trademark Committee, 2008

Introduction

Hiromi Tabata is a registered trademark attorney and an original member of Oshima, Nishimura & Miyanaga PPC. Hiromi’s practice focuses on the clearance, procurement, maintenance, enforcement and licensing of trademark rights. Hiromi counsels clients on all aspects related to trademarks, including branding, naming, searching, prosecution, opposition, cancellation proceedings and enforcement. Her clients cover a broad range of industries with particular experience in fashion, food, cosmetics, furniture and computer services.

Hiromi is a talented piano player and a lover of cats.

Yasuko Shibata Trademark / Patent Attorney

Background

Tokyo Metropolitan University School of Law (Undergraduate Degree)
2003: Koyo International Patent Firm
2007: Patent Attorney Registration
2007: Atsushi Oshima & Associates Trademark Patent Law Firm
2008: Specific Infringement Lawsuit Counsel Examination Passed
2009: Specific Infringement Lawsuit Counsel Registered
2014: Oshima, Nishimura & Miyanaga PPC

Languages

Japanese, English

Memberships and Committees

Japan Patent Attorneys Association
Trademark Committee, 2010, 2011, 2013

Introduction

Yasuko Shibata is a registered trademark attorney and an original member of Oshima, Nishimura & Miyanaga PPC. She studied intellectual property law in university and worked as a foreign patent prosecution assistant before qualifying as a patent attorney.

 

Yasuko specializes in trademark and unfair competition cases and advises clients on Japanese trademark laws and unfair competition laws. She has extensive experience in all areas of trademark prosecution and trademark litigation, including trademark searches, availability analysis, preparation and filing of trademark applications, opposition proceedings, trial proceedings, trademark licensing and assignment of trademark rights. She also has broad experience in assisting international trademark matters.

 

She has been involved in various contentious matters and has experience in drafting cease and desist letters, co-existence agreements and assisting negotiations.

 

Yasuko loves dogs and hopes to adopt one soon.

Kaori Sasaki Trademark / Patent Attorney

Background

Kokushikan University Faculty of Law, Department of Modern Business Law (Undergraduate Degree)
Kokushikan University Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Intellectual Property Laws (Master’s Degree and Trainee Completion)
2015: Oshima, Nishimura & Miyanaga PPC

Languages

Japanese, English

Memberships and Committees

Japan Patent Attorneys Association
Trademark Committee (2016-)

Introduction

Kaori Sasaki is a registered patent attorney and joined our firm in 2015. She holds a master’s degree in intellectual property law, which was her major at university. She wrote her thesis on the protection of colors in business. Although Kaori is a hardy traveler who never complained about her 5 hour round-trip commute to work, she is now happy to be living closer to the office and spending less time riding the train.

Sarah Bratanek Attorney at Law

Background

University of Toronto, Faculty of Arts and Science, (B.Sc.(Hons))
University of Toronto, Faculty of Law (J.D.)
Keio University Graduate School of Law (Graduate Research Student)
Keio University Graduate School of Media and Governance (Master’s Degree)
2009: Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General, Court Services Division
2010: Admitted to the Law Society of Upper Canada
2013: Keio University, Faculty of Law, Part-time Lecturer
2014: Major Japanese Insurance Company, Senior Manager
2015: Admitted to the New York State Bar
2015: Oshima, Nishimura & Miyanaga PPC

Languages

English, Japanese

Memberships and Committees

Law Society of Upper Canada
New York State Bar

Introduction

Sarah Bratanek joined our firm in 2015, after a long connection with Atsushi Oshima & Associates. She is an Ontario (Canada) and New York qualified attorney and speaks English and Japanese. Sarah completed a one-year exchange program to Japan in high school and again in university, returned to Japan as a Monbukagakusho (MEXT) Scholarship research student after law school, and has been here ever since. She is an experienced knitter and a born-again gym enthusiast.

HONOURED FOUNDING PARTNER ATSUSHI OSHIMA

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