Stuart S. Beraha

Stuart S. Beraha

Partner

Tokyo, 81 3 3214 6522

Education

University of Michigan (B.A., 1990)
New York University School of Law (J.D., 1993)

Bar Admissions

New York
Japan (Gaikokuho-Jimu-Bengoshi)

Clerkships

Hon. Avern Cohn, U.S. District Court, E.D. Michigan

Stuart Beraha is a partner in the Technology Transactions Group of Morrison & Foerster’s Corporate Department, resident in the Tokyo office.  Mr. Beraha has broad experience in technology, content, branding and other intellectual property development, licensing and partnering transactions.  His work includes the structuring and negotiation of joint venture and strategic alliance transactions and related agreements; technology, software and content licenses and assignments; e-commerce, search and other Internet-related transactions; development, joint development, consulting and outsourcing agreements; patent assignments and licenses; trademark licenses and related branding agreements; the intellectual property components of merger and acquisition transactions; and other transactions relating to the transfer of technology and other types of intellectual property.

Mr. Beraha was selected as the exclusive winner of the Client Choice Awards 2017 for the IT & Internet category for Japan (based on a survey of over 2,500 in-house counsel). He was also selected as an “IP Star” for the 2017 edition of Managing Intellectual Property’s World IP Survey. He is recognized in the field of Intellectual Property in the current editions of Chambers Global (2017) and Chambers Asia Pacific (2017). In the 2017 edition of The Legal 500 Asia Pacific, Mr. Beraha is honorably mentioned in the TMT and Intellectual Property categories. He is also “recommended” in Intellectual Asset Management’s IAM Patent 1000: The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners in the transactions category for its 2012 – 2016 editions.

Examples of Mr. Beraha’s recent transactions include representing TDK in the IP aspects of its RF filter and module joint venture with Qualcomm; representing Hitachi in the sale of its global hard disk drive business to Western Digital; representing Fujitsu in its global strategic alliance with Oracle America (formerly Sun Microsystems), in which the two companies combined their world-wide UNIX server businesses; representing Toshiba in its semiconductor patent license with Micron and its flash memory alliance with M-Systems (including as to R&D agreements, semiconductor manufacture and supply agreements and patent and technology license agreements); representing Softbank in Alibaba’s restructuring of its holdings in Alipay; representing Hitachi in its acquisition of IBM’s global hard disk drive business; representing Yamaha in its strategic alliance with Nexo S.A. for the development, manufacturing and distribution of professional audio equipment; representing SBI in the license and supply arrangements for SBI Biotech's development and commercialization of cancer treatment vaccines in Japan based on BRI's technology; representing NTT Holdings in its joint venture with NTT-ME and Internap Network Services to provide high-speed Internet connectivity services in Japan; representing Yahoo Japan in its sponsored and algorithmic search transactions with Google, previous sponsored search transactions with Overture, including the acquisition of Overture KK and in a series of other search-related and commercial transactions; representing ACCA Networks in its strategic alliance with NTT Communications and Covad Communications to provide ADSL services in Japan; and representing Sega in its first two licenses of massively multiplayer online games for the Chinese market.

Mr. Beraha is a member of Dai-ni Tokyo Bar Association. Mr. Beraha received his B.A. degree in English and Philosophy, Phi Beta Kappa and with High Distinction, from the University of Michigan.

Stuart Beraha was selected as the exclusive winner of the Client Choice Awards 2017 for the IT & Internet category for Japan (based on a survey of over 2,500 in-house counsel). He was also selected as an “IP Star” for the 2017 edition of Managing Intellectual Property’s World IP Survey. He is recognized in the field of Intellectual Property in the current editions of Chambers Global (2017) and Chambers Asia Pacific (2017). In the 2017 edition of The Legal 500 Asia Pacific, Mr. Beraha is honorably mentioned in the TMT and Intellectual Property categories. He is also “recommended” in Intellectual Asset Management’s IAM Patent 1000: The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners in the transactions category for its 2012 – 2016 editions.

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