Mr. Kishimoto has served Sughrue Mion, PLLC in the executive and managerial position of Managing Partner at its office in Tokyo, Japan since April 2004. He has extensive experience in preparing and filing of applications for U.S. Patents with the USPTO, rendering legal advice and opinions concerning the infringement of and the validity of U.S. Patents as well as Japanese Patents, licensing and assignment of rights in U.S. Patents, and representing Japanese clients to litigate in the U.S. District Courts and U.S. International Trade Commission. His work focuses on electrical, mechanical and chemical areas. He is native Japanese, speaks fluent Japanese, and is a registered Japanese Patent Attorney. He is author of many books and articles and often gives lectures for various IP associations, universities and companies.
Mr. Kishimoto was invited to become a Master of the Bench of The Tokyo American Intellectual Property Inn of Court, a newly established Inn as part of the American Inns of Court specializing in United States and Japan intellectual property law. The mission of the American Inns of Court is to foster excellence in professionalism, ethics, civility, and legal skills. The Tokyo American Intellectual Property Inn of Court is made up of approximately 80 prominent judges, lawyers, law professors and law students who will meet approximately once a month in Tokyo to enjoy a social gathering and to hold programs and discussions on matters of ethics, legal skills, and professionalism surrounding the practice of intellectual property law.