Areas of Expertise
Patents, Trademarks, Pharma & Biotech
Yoshio Kumakura (Mr.) is an attorney at law in the Legal Section as well as a patent attorney. His main areas of focus include intellectual property law, antimonopoly law, unfair competition prevention law, litigation, arbitration, dispute resolution, and international transaction law. Upon graduating from The University of Tokyo Faculty of Law, he passed the Japanese Bar Examination, but initially began his career in the financial sector at Sumitomo Bank LTD. After his time there he joined Nakamura & Partners. He later studied at Harvard University receiving his LL.M. through an exchange scholarship program sponsored by the Legal Training Institute of the Supreme Court. Most notably, however, is that Mr. Kumakura has won many IP litigations including four successful appeal cases before the Japanese Supreme Court. He has also written and lectured extensively on a number of topics such as Japanese IP law, IP litigation, trademark issues and developments, and a host of specific case judgements made by the Japanese high courts. He received the Award of Minister of Economy and Industry on Intellectual Properties, the AIPPI Member of Honour, and the APAA Enduring Award.