Morrison & Foerster is the only global law firm in Tokyo with a dedicated team of attorneys specializing in licensing and other IP transactions including the transfer, commercialization, development and exploitation of intellectual property. Working together with the firm's strong patent and IP litigation teams, the IP/Technology Transactions Group offers clients seamless IP services, from patent analysis; to technology development and licensing; to adversarial licensing, cross licensing, and preparation and defense of litigation.
Morrison & Foerster's Tokyo IP/technology transactions group is particularly active in the areas of computer hardware (including hardware peripherals and semiconductors) and software, information technology, biotechnology and new media, offering a combination of strong cross-border transactional and litigation experience, and in-depth knowledge of applicable intellectual property and regulatory issues.
Some representative matters handled by the group are as follows (please see Mergers + Acquisitions and Litigation for related matters that we have handled).
Morrison & Foerster has one of the most active semiconductor practices of any law firm, with extensive expertise in all aspects of the semiconductor and semiconductor equipment industries.
Examples of recent semiconductor transactions on which we have advised include:
The Tokyo Technology Transactions group's work for these and other clients has included structuring, negotiating and documenting semiconductor patent and other intellectual property license agreements, process technology joint development and/or license agreements, core and other design joint development and/or license agreements, foundry and other manufacturing agreements, and a wide variety of strategic alliances and acquisitions.
Computer Hardware and Software
Morrison & Foerster has extensive experience in representing clients in complex computer hardware and software transactions. We have been particularly active in deals involving computers and computer peripherals, LCD's, plasma displays, hard disk devices, and other storage technologies.
Examples of recent computer hardware-related transactions on which we have advised:
Examples of recent internet-related transactions on which we have advised:
We have one of the world's premier life science practices combining exceptional expertise and experience. The Tokyo office represents some of the leading participants in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, and medical device and equipment industries in Japan.
Examples of recent life sciences transactions on which we have advised:
Mergers and Acquisitions:
Development, Licensing, and Manufacturing:
Entertainment and Media
Tokyo's Technology Transactions group also has significant experience in entertainment and media matters.
The group's clients in these areas include producers, creators, licensors, licensees, and other acquirers of content ranging from major motion picture and animation properties to mobile telephone ringtones, video game developers and distributors, wireless infrastructure providers, and site developers and operators.
Examples of recent entertainment and media-related transactions on which we have advised:
Our IP group is also very active in advising on global and Japan-specific privacy and data security issues, and assists a broad range of US, European and Japanese multinationals on data protection, privacy and similar issues, including on compliance issues resulting from Japan's planned implementation of new legislation for the protection of personal information next year.
Chambers Global 2018Japan: Intellectual Property: International Firms (Band 1)
Chambers Asia Pacific 2019Japan: Intellectual Property: International Firms (Band 1)
The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2019Japan: Intellectual Property: International Firms (Tier 1)Japan: TMT: International Firms (Tier 1)
Managing Intellectual Property, IP Stars 2018 Japan (Foreign Firms): five partners chosen as IP Stars
IAM Patent 1000 2018 Japan: Foreign Firms - Litigation and Transactions (Highly Recommended)
Here is what they say about us:
“Provides a top-flight, responsive, knowledgeable team of IP attorneys here in Tokyo.” (Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2015)
“An extremely strong international practice in Japan.” (Chambers Asia-Pacific 2014)
"They have a large office in Tokyo with lots of people on the ground. They certainly have the strength." (Chambers Asia-Pacific 2014)
"They are strategic, businesslike and thorough. I particularly appreciate the way they think ahead and consider what the opposing side is likely to do next." (Chambers Asia Pacific 2013)
"'Excellent service' and 'speedy and detailed responses'” "Strong at handling international IP disputes." (The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2013)
"Good leadership, broad IP knowledge and clear communication." (Chambers Asia Pacific 2012)
"They produce detailed work and are very thoughtful of the client's needs." (Chambers Asia Pacific 2012)
"They are business-savvy and understand technology in general and our business in particular." (Chambers Global 2012)
"The firm's stellar reputation extends throughout Asia, with the firm viewed as an undisputed leader in Japan." (Chambers Global 2012)
“They give us top-class US advice and have outstanding technical lawyers.” (Chambers Asia Pacific 2017)
“They offer local support in the local language, and they understand Japanese customs and practice.” (Chambers Asia Pacific 2015)
“An extremely strong international practice in Japan.” (Chambers Asia Pacific 2014)
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