VALUES WE CAN PROVIDE
Nagoya International Patent Firm can meet the following needs:
- Providing proposals elaborated through persistent analysis even in difficult cases
- Providing proposals from the viewpoint of management
- Providing proposals in consideration of the situation after obtaining rights both in and out of Japan
- Dealing with IP risks and planning IP strategies reassuringly based on experiences
- Providing understandable, attentive, and speedy clerical services
01We can meet all the requests of our clients
Nagoya International Patent Firm is the largest firm in Aichi prefecture* (as of March 2022) with around 90 members, including 23 Japanese patent and trademark attorneys and 2 China patent bar qualification holders.
We have professionals in various fields of expertise, and respond to a wide variety of requests from our clients different in company size. We make collective efforts to allow our clients to trust us with handling any cases, including our clients’ important cases and technically difficult cases.
* Aichi, a prefecture that includes Nagoya city, which is the prefectural capital of Aichi and is one of the three largest cities in Japan, has been the best “Monozukuri” (manufacturing) prefecture and second to none by far in the value of shipments of manufactured goods in Japan for over 40 years. Our firm is headquartered in the city of Nagoya, the heart of leading “Monozukuri” prefecture of Japan, and have rooted here and provided local companies with solid IP solutions for their global business activities. Our high reputation for such global support experiences have so far led us to many opportunities in handling requests from international clients (clients outside of Japan) in different fields.
We have expert attorneys, including 25 Japanese patent and trademark attorneys and 2 China patent bar qualification holders, for various services, such as patent services, design services, trademark services, international IP services, and dispute-related services.
Both the patent and trademark attorneys and the supporting (patent) technical engineers are in various different fields of expertise. Two or more patent and trademark attorneys and technical engineers cover each of the wide variety of technical fields, such as electrical and electronic engineering (EE Eng), information technology (IT), mechanical engineering (Mech Eng), chemistry (Chem), physics (Phys), biotechnology and pharmaceuticals (Bio/Pharm).
We have been providing services to more than 900 clients ranging from large companies to small and medium-sized businesses each year, and are able to meet various needs.
Our firm is highly esteemed for its ability to deal with technologies requiring higher expertise, and has been entrusted by universities and research institutes with filing more than 200 patent applications in the last 5 years (as of October 2021).
02We deal with matters with persistence even under difficult conditions
For example, even when it is difficult to overturn the examiner/appeal examiner’s determination, we will persistently seek clues to a breakthrough and propose optimal measures.
We are highly devoted to the quality of services, in order to provide services of higher level. We enjoy a high reputation from our long-term clients that “Nagoya International Patent Firm is a firm with high quality services”. Also, even in difficult cases where it is required to overturn negative determinations by the patent office, we make persistent efforts to achieve a success, thereby earning trust from our clients.
|Average in Japan||Nagoya International Patent Firm|
|Rate of patent grants||70.5%||74.1%(+3.6%)|
|Rate of patent grants (excluding abandoned cases)||83.6%||87.1%(+3.5%)|
|Allowance rate (trademark)||87.4%||89.8%(+2.4%)|
|Allowance rate (design)||88.2%||89.0%(+0.8%)|
|Average in Japan|
|Rate of patent
|Rate of patent grants
(excluding abandoned cases)
|Nagoya International Patent Firm|
|Rate of patent
|Rate of patent grants
(excluding abandoned cases)
Period: January 1, 2011 to December 31, 2020
Data used: Patent Administration Annual Report, Case Management Database of Nagoya International Patent Firm
Rate of patent grants: the number of patent grants/ (the number of patent grants + the number of rejection decisions + the number of withdrawal and abandonment after First Action)
Rate of patent grants (excluding abandoned cases): the number of patent grants /(the number of patent grants + the number of rejection decisions – the number of cases where no response to Office Action is filed, thus resulting in rejection decisions)
Allowance rate (trademark, design): the number of allowance/ the number of First Actions
03We help our clients make optimal decisions
In order to enable our clients to make optimal selections, we propose options of countermeasures in line with the overall direction of each client’s business from multiple viewpoints.
We accomplish missions, thereby providing our clients with the following seven values: “Customized Solution”, “Devotion to Quality Services”, “Assembled Expertise”, “Passion”, “Flexibility”, “Global Support”, and “Partnership”.
04We perform efficient and
We assume each client’s intended position after obtaining rights, taking the differences in laws and standards in respective countries into consideration, to perform efficient and precise procedures. In every case related to intellectual property in Japan that is entrusted by an international client (client outside of Japan), we will give easily understandable explanation to the international client and will obtain strong rights while maximizing cost performance, based on our experience of dealing with IP cases in many countries.
Values of rights obtained by applications depend largely upon an application strategy. We propose an application strategy to obtain rights that would be more valuable to each client’s business, rather than to aim to simply obtain rights, by using our knowledge acquired through experience of business with clients ranging from large companies to small and medium-sized companies in various fields and countries.
05We can deal with a wide variety of matters in and out of Japan
Nagoya International Patent Firm provides proposals in light of the management standpoint and perspective, based on our extensive experience, so that our clients can feel encouraged to develop business both in Japanese and foreign markets.
We have been continuously providing global-level support, and about half of our sales comes from foreign related cases. We have extensive experience ranging from filing applications to handling IP-related negotiations and litigations at the request of foreign companies in connection with intellectual properties in Japan.
We have partnered and cooperated with over 1000 foreign IP law firms (local agents) and established a structure that allows us to undertake procedures in over 200 countries and regions in North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Oceania, and Africa. Among those, more than 100 countries and regions are frequent locations of our international operation. This accomplishment and experiences have made us specialized in IP systems and customs of IP practice of many foreign countries, which benefits our international clients entrusting us with cases of Japanese patents. We are capable of intelligibly explaining the differences in systems and practices between Japan and foreign countries in our proposals for practical approaches in the Japanese patent practice.
06We support management of intellectual properties to maximize Return on
We perform proper search and analysis of other companies’ rights that may cause a potential risk to our client’s business and of how to deal with those rights. We also perform proper search and analysis of what rights should be obtained in what manner in light of competitors’ moves. Through the search and analysis, we support our clients’ management of intellectual properties with minimum cost and maximum return.
Our experience of accomplishing various search requests enables us to properly perform search and analysis in consideration of the status of our clients’ business.
07We offer precise, prompt, and attentive services
In various cases in and out of Japan, we of course handle clerical matters precisely, and send reminders of the deadlines promptly and timely. In addition, we give attentive and easily understandable explanation regarding complicated procedures.
In IP services, a minor mistake may result in serious disadvantage. We have achieved a comprehensive management covering preparation of drafts through to filing formal documents with patent offices by means of our uniquely-developed IT system, thus has established a highly reliable and safe operating environment. Also, we have uniquely established a proper IP management system tailored to the different systems of respective countries based on our experience of filing applications in Japan and many foreign countries.
Moreover, at the request of our clients, we propose and develop operation standards, operation manuals, etc. in relation to IP management for the clients’ internal use.