Patent Office Trials Blog
  • March 13, 2020
    Yoshi Kishimoto published a new book on February 14, 2020 entitled “ Intellectual Property Strategies for Global Company” published by Maruzen Publishing Co., Ltd. (  The book discuses four main topics: first, intellectual property strategies for improving global industrial competitiveness; second, export control system vital to achieving proactive risk management for global company; third, intellectual property due diligence for global company; and fourth, strategies and practical tips to deal with patent infringement lawsuit in the most litigious nation in the world in both aspects of defense and enforcement of patents.  For more information, please contact Sughrue Mion Japan Office at
  • March 10, 2020

    Dear Clients and Friends,


    As we continue to monitor developments regarding the coronavirus, Sughrue recognizes that many of our clients may be negatively affected by this global outbreak.  As always, our focus is the safety and well-being of our clients and employees, and our thoughts are with those who have been impacted. To that end, we stand ready to work with those experiencing difficulty as a result, and we are taking the necessary steps to avoid potential disruptions of service to our clients.



    Please be assured that in the event of a lockdown in the area of one of our offices, Sughrue has the capacity and infrastructure to stay fully functional.  All of our employees (attorneys & staff) have the ability and training to securely telework from remote locations, and our IT infrastructure is built with this very scenario in mind - to allow the entire Firm to work remotely at the same time.


    Further, out of an abundance of caution, and as part of our ongoing efforts to protect the health of our employees and clients, Sughrue has enacted new international and domestic business travel restrictions, and new approval requirements for Sughrue-hosted events. We also continue to share health and wellness information, including prevention tips from the Center for Disease Control and NIH, with employees.


    While it is impossible for anyone to predict the spread of the coronavirus and fully understand its impact, it does not alter Sughrue’s focus on continuing to serve you.





  • August 01, 2019

                    Sughrue Mion, PLLC is pleased to announce that Sughrue Partner, Fadi Kiblawi, has joined the firm’s Tokyo office. 

                    Fadi brings with him a wealth of knowledge as a member of the firm’s litigation, Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB), and prosecution practice groups.  Fadi has litigated cases in federal district courts across the country, representing Japanese companies in the most popular patent venues from California to Texas to Delaware.  He has also been counsel on over 40 inter partes reviews before the PTAB, on behalf of both petitioners and patent owners.  Fadi began his career prosecuting patent applications from among the world’s largest technology companies, and continues to handle a significant prosecution docket including high priority standards-related and targeted applications in the electrical and mechanical arts.

                  “For over half a century, Sughrue has provided legal services to Japanese companies on the full range of intellectual property matters,” said the firm’s Managing Partner, John F. Rabena.  “With Fadi’s extensive experience in all aspects of U.S. intellectual property law, he is the perfect fit to continue this tradition and best serve our clients in Japan and across Asia.”

                    “Fadi’s move to Tokyo will greatly benefit Sughrue’s clients in Japan, giving them direct and convenient access to legal counseling founded on his comprehensive background in U.S. patent law, from prosecution to litigation, including inter partes reviews,” according to Yoshinari Kishimoto, Managing Partner of the firm’s Tokyo office.

                   Fadi adds: “Japanese companies continue to be among the world’s greatest innovators and technology exporters, and no firm is better equipped than Sughrue Mion to help these companies navigate the legal challenges in the United States.  I am thrilled by the opportunity to directly work hand-in-hand with the firm’s clients to protect their rights in the United States.”

                   Fadi earned his J.D. from George Washington University Law School, and received his B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Michigan.  His patent practice includes litigation, prosecution, PTAB proceedings, legal opinions, due diligence reviews, and licensing negotiations.

  • 7/11/2019

    Building a patent portfolio which can be utilized for monetization and surviving multiple invalidity challenges are important for entrepreneurs and companies, both of large and small. Strong patents are even more important in the life science space where a product is covered by a relatively small number of core patents and a very long R&D period is required prior to launching a product in the market.  This lecture will go through how a patent portfolio can be and should be aligned with business activities including from R&D to marketing in life science space and provide a case study of a blockbuster drug.

    The lecture will take place on July 11th, 2019 at 12:00 PM at Sughrue's Washington, D.C. Office (9th floor). For more information, Click here.

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