Tokyo, 100-0004, Japan
Tel: (+81 3) 3270 6641
Fax: (+81 3) 3246 0233
Current position: Partner
Practice area/industry focus: General corporate, cross-border practices, and intellectual property for manufacturing, brand industries and new-wave high-tech-based services.
Career highlights: Kozo Yabe leads the intellectual property (IP) and industrial-related transactions practice at Yuasa and Hara. His expertise encompasses not only traditional IP enforcement and licence contracts, but also wide-ranging corporate transactions. These include M&A, and industrial regulation concerning high-tech and international business deals involving cutting-edge technology areas and brands.
During his professional career, Kozo has successfully handled numerous IP and corporate cases and transactions. At the same time he has actively contributed as a senior board member of various international IP practitioner organisations, including the AIPPI and ALAI. He has been recognised by Asialaw as a leading IP lawyer on several occasions since 2006.
Kozo received his LLB from Chuo University (1985) and his LLM from the University of Illinois, US (1994). He was appointed an adjunct professor of law at the University of Illinois College of Law in 2000.
Asialaw Leading Lawyer 2016 in Intellectual Property