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Haruo Okada

Education & Career

April 1972Entered Natural Science Type I of Tokyo University (Specialist Course in Science & Engineering)
April 1974After completing the general education of Tokyo University Science & Engineering Department, proceeded to Faculty of Law of Tokyo University
March 1978Graduated from Faculty of Law, Tokyo University
April 1978Joined Ministry of Finance
April 1982Registered as an Attorney (34th round)
April 1982Joined Anderson Mori & Rabinowitz (now Anderson Mori & Tomotsune)
May 1985 Studied at University of Michigan Law School (LLM) and Harvard University Law School (Visiting Researcher) (Common law, intellectual property law majors)
April 1987Established Haruo Okada International Law Offices
1995Registered as an Attorney in State of New York
1998Member of International Arbitration Agency Research Joint Committee of Ministry of Justice and Japan Federation of Bar Associations
2002Chairman of Counterfeit Brand Liaison Council Advisory Subcommittee
June 2011〜
May 2015
Chairman of Foreign Lawyers & International Legal Services Committee, Japan Federation of Bar Associations
March 2015~
July 2016
Committee member of Investigative Commission for Registered Foreign Lawyers cosponsored by Japan Federation of Bar Associations and the Ministry of Justice
December 2015Kansai Branch Chief of the Japan Association of Arbitrators.
March 2016Executive Director of the Japan Association of Arbitrators
December 2016Chairman of the Committee of Preparation for Establishment of Japan International Mediation Center in Kyoto

Awards

April 2018Selected for The Best Lawyers in Japan (9th Edition) (by Best Lawyers in America Inc.) in four categories of Corporate Affairs/M&A, IP, International Business and Litigation, and chosen as best attorney in the 2019 period particularly in the filed of IP.
March 2017Selected for The Best Lawyers in Japan (8th Edition) (by Best Lawyers in America Inc.) in four categories of Corporate Affairs/M&A, IP, International Business and Litigation.
February 2016Selected for The Best Lawyers in Japan (7th Edition) (by Best Lawyers in America Inc.) in four categories of corporate affairs/M&A, IP, International business and litigation, and chosen as best attorney for the 2017 period particularly in the field of corporate affairs/M&A.
May 2015Selected for The Best Lawyers in Japan (6th Edition) (by Best Lawyers in America Inc.) in four categories of corporate affairs/M&A, IP, International business and litigation, and chosen as best attorney for the 2016 period particularly in the field of international business.
October 2014Selected for The Best Lawyers in Japan (5th Edition) (by Best Lawyers in America Inc.) in four categories of corporate affairs/M&A, IP, International business and litigation, and chosen as best attorney for the 2014-15 period particularly in the field of IP.
August 2014Selected in trademarks section of Asia IP Experts 2014
April 2013Selected for The Best Lawyers in Japan (4th Edition) (by Best Lawyers in America Inc.) in three categories of corporate affairs/M&A, IP, and international business.
March 2012Selected for The Best Lawyers in Japan (3rd Edition) (by Best Lawyers in America Inc.) in three categories of corporate affairs/M&A, IP, and international business, and chosen as best attorney particularly in the field of international business.
November 2011Ranked second for the field of IP Rights/Patent Cases in the “Attorney Rankings for 2011” feature of Nikkei Business, November 28, 2011 Issue.
September 2010Ranked second for the field of IP Rights/Patent in the “Business Attorney Rankings for 2010” feature of Nikkei Business, September 13, 2010 Issue.
August 2010Selected for The Best Lawyers in Japan (2nd Edition) (by Best Lawyers in America Inc.) in three categories of corporate affairs/M&A, IP, and international business, and chosen as best attorney particularly in the field of IP.
February 2009Selected for Japanese language version of The Best Lawyers (by Best Lawyers in America Inc.) in three categories of corporate affairs/M&A, IP, and international business.
January 2000Ranked fifteenth in general rankings and third in the fields of IP Rights/Patent-related cases in the “Popular Attorney Rankings” feature of Nikkei Business, January 31, 2000 Issue.

Publications

March 2013“Precedent for finding, based on subsequent patent invalidation, of no negligence on account of infringement warning issued to competitor’s clientele: ~ Organic EL Element Case ~”
Intellectual Property Management, Vol 63, No. 3
February 2013“Progress of international commercial arbitration that wins the faith of the arbitrating parties: an experienced arbitrator explains issues to consider when using arbitral processes” (Roundtable Discussion with experienced arbitrators)
JCA Journal Vol 60, No. 2
June 2011“Product Liability” and “Technology Agreements and Export Regulations” (Legal Advice on IP Licenses [Revised edition])
Seirin Shoin
September 2010“The IP Frameworks of Asia –– Celebrating the 70th Birthday of Kazunori Yamagami –”
Seirin Shoin (Co-edited with Shoen Ono)
March 2010“Five Rules to Avoid Losing Out In International Contract Negotiations”
JCA Journal, Vol 57, No.3
September 2009“Inheriting the position of objecting claimant prior to trademark registration” (“Index of IP Law Supreme Court Precedent Interpretation (II) Design Law/Trademark Law/Unfair Competition Prevention Law – Celebrating the 77th Birthday of Shoen Ono”)
Seirin Shoin
January 2007“Meaning of arbitration provisions and their scope”
JCA Journal Vol 54, Issue 1
April 2006 ~
April 2007
“International Liaison Counsel Practice Handbook” (Nos. 1 – 11)
Japan Institute of International Business Law Vol 34 No. 4 – Vol 35 No. 4 (Edited as representative of Osaka Bar Association External Liaison Practice Research Association)

Lectures/Seminars

December 2017“Japan International Mediation Center in Kyoto”
International Seminar for Mediation cosponsored by Japan Association of Arbitrators and Doshisha University
January 2016“Revision of employees' inventions provisions and the impact of 2 Supreme Court Decisions about PBP to the patent practice”
Japan Intellectual Property Association
February 2015“Recent Revision of the Provision of Employee Inventor and trade secret under the Unfair Competition Prevention Act”
Japan Intellectual Property Association
July 2014“Workshop on Subcontracting Law (Focussing on Consignment Production of Information Products)”
Corporate Clients
April 2014“Points to Remember in Respect of Subcontracting Law”
Corporate Clients
February 2014“Estate Planning Recommendations to Avoid Inheritance Disputes.”
Client Group
January 2014“Recent Reform Trends in IP Law: Reform of Rules Around Employee Inventions” “Damages Based on Business Defamation (Damages in case of invalidation of subject patent following warning notice to competitor company about defamatory dealing)”
Japan Intellectual Property Association
October 2013“Points to Remember in Respect of Subcontracting Law”
Corporate Clients
March 2013“Issues for Businesses Arising From the Antimonopoly Act - Focus on Business Activities - ”
Corporate Clients
January 2013“Trends and International Comparisons Concerning the Limitations on the Exercise of Patent Rights – Analysis of Recent Cases in the US and Japan –”
Japan Intellectual Property Association
September 2012“The Effectiveness of Injunctions Against Patent Infringement”
Corporate Clients
January 2012“Patent Act Reform and Its Effect on Practice”
Japan Intellectual Property Association
December 2011“Strategic Approaches to Non-Disclosure Agreements for International Transactions”
Japan Commercial Arbitration Association
January 2011“Recent Developments in the US and Japan Concerning the Limits of Injunctions Against Patent Infringement: Considering Countermeasures Against Patent Trolls”
Japan Intellectual Property Association
August 2010“Dos and Don’ts of Drafting International Arbitration Provisions (Participation as International Commercial Arbitration Seminar Panellist)”
Osaka Bar Association
December 2009“Strategic Negotiation and Drafting for International Patents and Know-how Licenses: Case Studies & Judicial Decisions”
Japan Commercial Arbitration Association
February 2009“Mock Negotiations of IP Agreements – Protecting Corporate Interests by Contract” (IP Symposium)
Osaka Bar Association
February 2009“Corporate Practice & Counterstrategies in Protection of Confidential Information”
Corporate Clients
December 2008“Recent Practical and Strategic Approaches Based on Japan Supreme Court Decisions”
Japan Intellectual Property Association
November 2008“Practical & Strategic Approaches to License Agreements: Considering Recent Reforms and Judicial Decisions Relating to Licenses”
Japan Commercial Arbitration Association
December 2007“Strategic Approaches to Non-Disclosure Agreements in International Transactions”
Japan Commercial Arbitration Association
April 2007“Parallel Imports and Trademark Infringement: Focus on Recent Judicial Decisions”
Japan Association Against Counterfeit Product Distribution
October 2006“Arbitration Provision Meaning and Scope”
Japan Commercial Arbitration Association
April 2006“Strategic Response in US Patent Infringement Litigation (Focussing on Defendant’s Perspective): How to Win the Case”
Japan License Association

Additionally, Haruo Okada has, over some twenty years, been in charge of lectures of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) with respect to international contract practices relating to technology transfer, as part of IP courses for IP practitioners in developing countries.