Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, 100-0011, Japan
Tel: (+81 3) 3596 7303
Fax: (+81 3) 3596 7330
Current position: Founding partner
Principal practice areas/industry focus: Antitrust, dispute resolution, intellectual property
Career highlights: Hajime Watanabe is at the top of his game for patent litigation. Peers and clients alike appreciate his commercial mindset, which appeals to business people.
He obtained an LLB from the University of Tokyo in 1985 and was admitted in Japan to the Daini-Tokyo Bar Association in 1987. He obtained an LLM from the University of Illinois, College of Law, in 1993.
Hajime joined Mori Sogo (now Mori Hamada & Matsumoto) in 1987. He worked at Jenner & Block in Chicago from 1993 to 1995 and at the US Federal Trade Commission in Washington DC in 1995. In 1994 he was admitted to the Chicago Bar Association in Illinois (as a foreign consultant) and to the New York Bar Association. He is also a member of the American Bar Association and the American Intellectual Property Law Association. He established STW & Partners in 2007.
Asialaw Leading Lawyer 2016 in Dispute Resolution & Litigation and Intellectual Property