News : 2017

November 1, 2017Firm News
Ryoko Takeda has been appointed as a member of the Committee of Bar Examiners (in charge of the Administrative Acts of the Bar Examination and the Preliminary Qualifying Bar Examination).
September 29, 2017Publications
Izuru Goto and Gen Takizawa co-authored an article entitled "Certain issues in practical use of trust notes" in the Trust Forum (published on September 29, 2017, Vol. 8).
September 28, 2017Publications
Mikio Tanaka wrote an article titled "Kurze Einführung in die Schuldrechtsreform" on the overview of the Japanese Civil Code reform on law of obligations, which appeared in the September/October 2017 issue of JAPANMARKT, published by the German Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Japan.
September 22, 2017Events
Yoko Maeda was a panelist at ICC Arbitration Conference and book launch.
September 19, 2017Events
Yoko Maeda was one of the moot arbitrators at International Moot, which was a part of LAWASIA 2017 Tokyo Round.
September 18, 2017Events
Izuru Goto gave a speech entitled "Recent developments in financial transactions with trust structures" at International Symposium on Trust Law and Business held on September 18, 2017 at Beijing, China sponsored by Renmin University of China Law School and China Trustee Association.
September 6, 2017Events
Mikio Tanaka was one of the panelists at the session "Protecting Investments and Creditors’ Rights in the Russian Far East: Strategic Changes (Защита привлеченных инвестиций и прав кредиторов на Дальнем Востоке: стратегические изменения)" at the Eastern Economic Forum (Восточный экономический форум) held in Vladivostok, Russian Federation.
July 26, 2017Publications
Mikio Tanaka wrote an article titled "Die optimale Rechtsform für die japanische Tochter" on the optimal corporate form for a subsidiary in Japan, which appeared in the July/August 2017 issue of JAPANMARKT, published by the German Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Japan.
June 21, 2017Publications
"Handbook for New Types of Trusts" whose co-authors include Izuru Goto and Taketomo Morita was published by Nihon Kajo Shuppan.
May 30, 2017Publications
Mikio Tanaka wrote an article titled „Japanische Kündigungsschutzregelungen in a nutshell“ on an article on the overview of termination of employees and officers under Japanese law, which appeared in the May/June 2017 issue of JAPANMARKT, published by the German Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Japan.
May 26, 2017Events
Noriko Higashizawa participated in the panel of "Comparative Labour Law Discussion" at the Asian Regional Meeting of the International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC) held in Singapore.
May 20, 2017Publications
Ryoko Takeda wrote an article titled "Legal Issues related to Tax Procedure over the Automatic Exchange of Information (AEOI) based on the Common Reporting Standard (CRS): mainly legal liability caused by errors in financial institutions and right protection of individual persons" published by Japan Tax Research Institute (Public Interest Incorporated Foundation).
May 1, 2017Firm News
Daniel S. Potts, admitted to the Washington Bar, has joined the Firm.
April 15, 2017Publications
Yuichi Tamura wrote an article entitled "Revision of Examination Guideline for Trademarks" on NBL No. 1096 (April 15, 2017).
April 1, 2017Firm News
Yuichi Tamura, admitted in 2010, has joined the Firm.
April 1, 2017Firm News
Masaaki Sawano assumed the offices of the President of Dai-Ichi Tokyo Bar Association and the Vice-President of Japan Federation of Bar Associations for fiscal year 2017.
March 30, 2017Publications
Izuru Goto wrote an article entitled "Analysis on Transactions between Trustee Assets and Trust Assets" appeared in Trust Forum (published on March 30, 2017, Vol. 7).
March 30, 2017Publications
Takashi Saito wrote an article entitled "Fiduciary duty in case of solicitation and sales of investment trusts – based on the draft of the "Principles concerning the Operation of Fiduciary Duty" (kokyaku hon-i no gyoumu unei ni kansuru gensoku) released by Financial Services Agency" appeared in the Trust Forum (published on March 30, 2017, Vol. 7).
March 24, 2017Firm News
Our firm has represented Chugai Pharmaceuticals Co. Ltd in a lawsuit against generic drug manufacturers seeking permanent injunction based on infringement of Chugai’s manufacturing process patent, in which Tokyo District Court and IP High Court (Grand panel) both already rendered judgements finding infringement of the patent under the doctrine of equivalents. The generic drug manufacturers filed a petition with the Supreme Court seeking to take an appeal. On March 8, 2017 Supreme Court, the 2nd Bench, issued a decision to take the appeal on the legal issue of doctrine of equivalents and on March 24, 2017 Supreme Court, the 2nd Bench, rendered the judgement dismissing the generic drug manufacturers’ appeal. Thereby, the victory of Chugai in the patent infringement lawsuit has become final. The Supreme Court indicated in the judgement positive attitude toward protection of patented inventions under the Patent Law.
March 13, 2017Publications
Mikio Tanaka wrote an article titled „Verschärfter Datenschutz“ on the substantial amendment to the Act on the Protection of Personal Information, which appeared in the March/April 2017 issue of JAPANMARKT, published by the German Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Japan.
March 6, 2017Events
Haruyuki Hirata gave lectures on the Act on Protection of Private Information at a seminar held by The Life Insurance Association of Japan.
March 3, 2017From City-Yuwa
Nine lawyers of City-Yuwa Partners were chosen as the Best Lawyers in Japan 2018 by Best Lawyers.
January 1, 2017Firm News
Seven attorneys newly admitted, Shintaro Isono, Tomoko Inoue, Risako Suzuki, Yuki Takahashi, Shoya Tanaka, Tomotaka Himori and Mikiya Yuasa, have joined the Firm.
January 1, 2017Firm News
Takahiko Ohta, Yuji Kondo, Yukinori Sasaki, and Yohei Harima have been promoted to Partners of the Firm.

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