Partner Yoshinari Kishimoto Bolsters Sughrue’s Litigation Ability


Sughrue partner Yoshinari Kishimoto, who manages the firm’s office in Tokyo Japan, has passed the Specified Infringement Litigation Representation (Fuki Benrishi) Examination held October 2007.  Mr. Kishimoto joins the ranks of those specially qualified Japanese patent attorneys who are able to represent clients in patent infringement litigation before the Japanese courts.  Fuki-Benrishi can appear in Japanese district courts and the IP High Court for any infringement litigation related to IP rights, including patents, trademarks, designs and unfair competitions, and related proceedings, such as provisional injunctions and Declaratory Judgment actions.  Mr. Kishimoto, who also is a U.S. attorney admitted to the bar of New York State and the bar of the District of Columbia, has the unique distinction of being able to represent clients in litigation in both the United States and Japan.  This qualification provides the firm with significant capability in matters involving litigation in the courts of both countries.

In addition, Mr. Kishimoto’s significant accomplishment occurs at the same time that his book on U.S. Patent Litigation is being published.  The new text entitled  “Defense Manual for US Patent Litigation: Essential Knowledge for Responding to a Warning Letter and How to Deal with Patent Litigation by Using a Hypothetical Story”, is published by Chuo Keizai-Sha. 

The book  will be of significant interest to Japanese corporations and individuals who are interested in IP litigation in the US, especially those who work in the legal and intellectual property departments in Japanese companies.  The book explains, in an easy, yet comprehensive manner, the general procedures, countermeasures and key points for defendant Japanese companies involved in patent disputes in the U.S.  Mr. Kishimoto uses an illustrative hypothetical story that begins with a company's  receipt of a warning letter, continues through license negotiations, and includes  jury trial procedures.  In addition to being a must read for IP Department personnel whose companies provide products and services in the United States, the book will be of interest to Japanese attorneys with clients that trade in the United States.

 This is Mr. Kishimoto’s second book.  His first book, For Future Company Presidents: How to Utilize Intellectual Property (published by Nikkei Shinbun, September 2007) and coauthored with several Japanese attorneys, has also been well received in the Japanese business community and with Japanese I.P. practitioners.