Where We Work


For over two decades, Sughrue has maintained an office in Tokyo with a singular focus on addressing the needs of our Japanese clients in ways that consistently exceed their expectations. In order to maintain strong client relationships, Sughrue's Tokyo office staff are all bilingual and bi-cultural. All of them have extensive experience working with IP matters. Our resident attorneys are all US qualified and have lived and worked in Japan for many years. The central location of our office in Marunouchi makes it easy to visit us and easy for us to visit our clients to provide counseling and guidance in such areas as patent prosecution and litigation, licensing and negotiations, validity and infringement opinions, as well as export control and foreign filing licenses.

Due to the exigencies of the global economy, Japanese clients are increasingly faced with adapting their IP groups to a more international IP environment and responding to threats of litigation from US companies. Sughrue's resident attorneys conduct seminars and workshops and disseminate current information on US law to help our Japanese clients educate their staff on US intellectual property law. Our attorneys help alleviate the stress of litigation threats by providing options-counseling, in which we discuss potential legal risks and options for dealing with those risks. We work with our clients to develop and implement a strategy within the framework of the Japanese business environment to protect their rights while avoiding litigation where possible, and successfully defending litigations where necessary. We are constantly seeking a deeper understanding of each client's specific needs in order to offer effective solutions while controlling costs, thereby maximizing our client's productivity and minimizing their business risks.

AIA Rules Going Into Effect September 16, 2012

As we approach the one-year anniversary of the enactment of the America Invents Act (AIA), Sughrue continues to monitor and report on the important Provisions that will take effect as of September 16, 2012.