Patent attorneys

会長 谷義一 

Representative Partner and CEO

Yoshikazu TANI

Specialized field Prosecution, dispute resolution consultation, opinion work, licensing, litigation, ADR, due diligence and IP management in the field of electronics including software, telecommunication, semiconductor, opto-electronics, etc.
Motto Pursue professional works as if we were our clients by stepping into their shoes to understand their viewpoints, problem and concerns with full of curiosity. Do creative challenge in our professional works.

Education and History


University of Tokyo, Bachelor of Electrical Engineering

1968~1975 SUGIMURA International Patent & Trademark Agencies
1973 Patent Attorney Registration
1975~1977 Stevens, Davis, Miller & Mosher(Washington, D.C.
1977 Founded Tani Patent Office.
1990 Name change to : TANI & ABE.
1999 Vice-president, Japan Intellectual Property Arbitration Center
2001, 2006 Industrial Structure Council Intellectual Property Committee
2004~2007 A technical adviser retained by Tokyo High Court and the Tokyo District Court
2004 Admitted to Practice IP Infringement Litigation
2005 chief-Vice-president, Japan Patent Attorneys Association
2006 President, Japan Patent Attorneys Association
2010~2014 President, FICPI JAPAN
2010 Incorporation from TANI & ABE to TANI & ABE, p.c.
2012 President, Japan Intellectual Property Arbitration Center

Lecturer career

1998~2006 AIPLA(Protection of software-related inventions)
1995~2013 apan Institute for Promoting Invention and Innovation (Software、US patent system、Trial decision litigation)
1996~2006 APEC Learning center(Patent Law・Exercises、Protection of software)(Japan, Malaysia, Philippines)
2002~present Keio University Shonan Fujisawa Campus
2002 Chuo University Economic Research Institute sponsored:“Rights of the business model patent in the financial industry”
2003 Korea Patent Attorneys Association Seminar : “Patent Litigation Systems in Japan”
2003 Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications and Japan Patent Attorneys Association co-sponsored seminar:Intellectual Property Strategy for IT Ventures.
2004 International University(Niigata Prefecture)Seminar:Protection of software in Japan
2006 National Institute of Technology, Matsue College Seminar:Regional Industries
2006~present Asia Seminars by Japan Patent Attorneys Association
(Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, the Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia)
2006・2007 Practicing Law Institute(PLI) Seminar:“Sweeping Changes for Software & Business Method Patenting & Litigation”
(San Francisco, Washington, D.C.)
2006 Toyama High School Seminar:「Intellectual property and patent attorneys」
2006 Graduate school of Yokohama National University:Electrical and Electronic and Information Engineering Colloquium
2007 Korea Patent Attorneys Association Seminar:Involvement in the patent attorney of infringement litigation
2009 FICPI Washington Congress (Comparison of the three-pole of software patents)
2009 IPO Chicago meeting(Japanese software patent situation)
2009 Association of Japanese-German Lawyers Munich Symposium
(Involvement in the patent infringement of Admitted to Practice IP Infringement Litigation)
2012 20th Japan-China Intellectual property seminar (Beijing)
(Software patent protection)
2013 Sweden Patent Attorneys Association seminar(Patent practice in Japan、Patent infringement litigation、Software protection)
2013 FICPI Sorrento Congress (Panel discussion)
2014 FICPI Finland meeting (Patent practice in Japan, patent infringement litigation, software protection)

※More than 100 lectures (Patent protection of software-related inventions and Business patent) in Japan and outside Japan including universities and training institutions and the general company.

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