Sonoda & Kobayashi Intellectual Property was founded March 1998, with the specific intention of creating a Japanese IP law firm with a global mindset, to foster stress-free communication and to provide exceptional services. In 2021, Sonoda & Kobayashi Intellectual Property opened its new office in Beijing to serve our clients seeking Intellectual Property protection in China.
We believe that clear communication and transparency are the keys to mutual understanding. By adopting this unique working style, combined with expertise in Intellectual Property Law and Technology, Sonoda & Kobayashi has become the representative for many leading global and domestic companies in a wide spectrum of activities, becoming one of the most trusted firms in Asia for the prosecution and enforcement of intellectual property rights.
Nakamura & Partners, established in 1914, is one of the leading and largest international patent and law firms in Japan.
The scope of the firm’s practice is very extensive and includes both the prosecution of industrial property rights and litigations and other legal affairs centering on intellectual property law. Specifically, the firm handles patent applications, utility model applications, design applications, trademark and service mark applications, oppositions, and trials before the Japanese Patent Office, and renders expert opinions relating to these industrial property rights. The firm’s legal practice also includes a wide range of counselling and infringement litigations and other types of litigations related to intellectual property laws (patent, trademark, design, utility model, trade secret, unfair competition prevention, copyright, etc.), drafting and negotiations related to joint ventures, licensing, mergers and acquisitions, international business transactions and general corporate affairs.
We are proud of our long tradition of serving the international business and legal communities and our reputation as one of the largest full-service law firms in Japan. Our combined expertise enables us to deliver comprehensive advice on virtually all legal issues that may arise from a corporate transaction. The majority of our lawyers are bi-lingual and experienced with communicating, drafting and negotiating across borders and around the globe. We welcome the opportunity to work closely with clients and channel our resources towards our goal of achieving more together. We are headquartered in Tokyo with branch offices in Osaka and Nagoya. Outside Japan, we have offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Singapore, Ho Chi Minh City and Bangkok. We also have associated firms in Hong Kong, Jakarta and Singapore.
Our Firm Mori Hamada & Matsumoto (MHM) is one of the largest full-service Tokyo headquartered international law firms. A significant proportion of the firm’s work is international in nature, representing clients in cross-border transactions, litigation and other dispute resolution proceedings.
Our Professionals The firm has over 630 lawyers and 550 support staff (including patent attorneys, licensed tax accountants, legal assistants and translators). The firm’s senior lawyers include a number of highly respected practitioners and leaders from the Japanese and international legal community, including prominent law professors from the University of Tokyo, and a former Prosecutor-General from the Public Prosecutors Office. The firm also has experienced lawyers qualified in the US, England and Wales, the People’s Republic of China, the Philippines, Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam and more.
Offices and Asia Practice Group MHM has very strong full-service local law practices in Thailand (Chandler MHM Limited) and Myanmar (Myanmar Legal MHM Limited ) and we are expanding our range of local law services in Vietnam. We also have offices in Singapore (our ASEAN hub), Shanghai and Beijing. We have strong working relationships with leading firms throughout Asia (as well as in Europe and the Americas), which enables us to work for our clients as a single, integrated team. MHM has expanded domestically by opening offices in Osaka, Nagoya, Fukuoka and Takamatsu.
Our Recent Awards in Japan
Chambers Global 2021
Top ranked firm in Banking & Finance/Capital Markets/Capital Markets: Securitisation & Derivatives/Corporate & M&A/Dispute Resolution/Intellectual Property/International & Cross-Border Capabilities/International Trade
Chambers Asia-Pacific 2021
Top ranked firm in Banking & Finance/ Capital Markets/Capital Markets: Securitisation & Derivatives/Competition & Antitrust/Corporate & M&A/Dispute Resolution/Employment/Insurance/Intellectual Property/International Trade/Investment Funds/Projects & Energy/Real Estate/Restructuring & Insolvency/Tax/Osaka
Chambers Fintech 2021
Top ranked firm in Fintech Legal
Chambers High Net Worth 2020
Top ranked firm in Private Wealth Law
The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2021
Top ranked firm in Antitrust & Competition Law/ Banking & Finance/Capital Markets/Corporate and M&A/Dispute Resolution/Fintech/Intellectual Property/Investment funds/Labour and Employment/Projects and Energy/Real Estate and Construction/Restructuring and Insolvency/Risk management and investigations/Tax/TMT
IFLR1000 Financial and Corporate 2021
Top ranked firm in Banking/Capital Markets: Debt/Capital Markets: Equity/Capital Markets: Structured Finance and Securitisation/M&A/Project development/Project Finance