Practice area/industry focus: Intellectual property, Patent contentious, Civil litigation/ Healthcare, Tech and telecoms, Pharma and life sciences, Healthcare, Food and beverage
Career highlights: Makoto Hattori, a partner, joined the firm in 1998. He is a lawyer admitted in Japan and New York and also a Japan registered patent attorney. Out of his extensive range of practices, his main focus has been on intellectual property.
As lead council, he has acted in patent and trade secret litigations, representing both domestic and international clients in diverse fields such as machinery, chemistry, telecommunication technology and heavy industry. His work also covers drafting contracts and providing advice on general corporate matters. Some of his recent activities include acting as counsel for either IP holders or importers in connection to law enforcement at the border, and taking part in lawsuits and consultations concerning employee inventions.
He represented Fujifilm as lead counsel in several patent infringement cases against Sony relating to recording medium, and won three patent infringement cases before the Tokyo district court and one case before the IP High Court. For one of the cases, we obtained a judgement granting the second highest damages award in history of Japanese patent infringement cases.
In another case, he represented a major manufacture of cash handling machines in several patent infringement lawsuits, and achieved a favourable settlement for client.
Asialaw Distinguished Practitioner 2021 in Intellectual Property