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Keisen Associates

  1. 1. Keisen Associates Japanese and International Patents and Trademarks Taro Yaguchi, Esq. Japanese Patent Attorney
  2. 2. Who Is Keisen Associates? <ul><li>A Tokyo-based Japanese intellectual property law firm with a liaison office in Philadelphia, PA. </li></ul><ul><li>Keisen Associates USA is a Pennsylvania limited liability company established in 2000 by senior partner and Japanese Patent attorney of former Omori and Yaguchi, Taro Yaguchi,. </li></ul><ul><li>Offers full range of Japanese and international patent, design, trademark services, as well as prior art searches, translations, international licensing and business consulting services.   </li></ul>
  3. 3. Why Keisen Associates has Chosen Philadelphia 1 <ul><li>No matter how highly developed means of communication have become, there still exists problems of language and time differences that hinder smooth communication. </li></ul><ul><li>There is 14 hours difference between Japan and North Eastern U.S.A. which makes it impossible for both sides to communicate during their regular business hours. </li></ul><ul><li>Needless to say, English and Japanese are totally different languages. But the Japanese language used in patent specifications is highly specialized and requires Japanese skills higher than the average native Japanese. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Why Keisen Associates has Chosen Philadelphia 2 <ul><li>In addition to a good knowledge of Japanese intellectual property law and Japanese language proficiency, a deep understanding of clients’ inventions has critical importance for providing higher quality Japanese specifications. </li></ul><ul><li>In view of this situation, Keisen Associates USA was founded by a partner of a highly acclaimed patent law office in Japan Omori & Yaguchi. </li></ul><ul><li>T he presence of Japanese IP professionals in both our Tokyo and Philadelphia offices facilitate Japan-U.S. communications for the convenience of a “one-stop” filing.   </li></ul>
  5. 5. Our Clients <ul><li>U.S. companies </li></ul><ul><li>Japanese companies </li></ul><ul><li>Large global companies </li></ul><ul><li>Academic institutions </li></ul><ul><li>Venture companies </li></ul><ul><li>Independent Inventors </li></ul>
  6. 6. What we do <ul><li>To assist U.S. companies and academic institutions protect their intellectual property rights in Japan. </li></ul><ul><li>To conduct prior art searches in Japan </li></ul><ul><li>To provide technical translations </li></ul><ul><li>To inform clients on developments in the field of Japanese intellectual property law </li></ul>
  7. 7. Are you satisfied with your current filling and prosecution methods?
  8. 8. Keisen Associates would like to propose a new way of filing and prosecution of Japanese patent applications.
  9. 9. Conventional Processing Pattern 1 U.S. Corp. Agent I in Japan Japan Patent Office (JPO) Japan U.S. Instructions Reporting of Official Actions Filing Official Actions Agent II in Japan Agent III in Japan
  10. 10. Conventional Processing Pattern 2 U.S. Corp. Agent I in Japan Japan Patent Office (JPO) Japan U.S. Instructions Filing Official Actions Agent II in Japan Agent III in Japan U.S. Agent Reporting of Official Actions
  11. 11. Typical Problems <ul><li>A complete written instruction has to be prepared for Japanese associates each time </li></ul><ul><li>It is difficult to evaluate the quality of the Japanese associate’s work </li></ul><ul><li>Inconsistencies exist in the translations among different Japanese associates </li></ul><ul><li>Responses from Japanese associates are slow. </li></ul><ul><li>Unable to talk to Japanese associates whenever needed </li></ul><ul><li>The communication cost is high. </li></ul><ul><li>It is difficult for inventors to attend interviews with Japanese Patent Office examiners. </li></ul>
  12. 12. The Source for the Problems <ul><li>Language Differences (Linguistically and legally, Japanese and English are totally different languages) </li></ul><ul><li>Time Difference (Japan is 14 hours ahead) </li></ul><ul><li>Geographical Distance (Japan is on the other side of the globe) </li></ul>
  13. 13. New Proposed Model U.S. Corp. Japan U.S. Filing and prosecution Official Actions KEISEN ASSOCIATES Instructions Reporting U.S. Agent Japan Patent Office (JPO)
  14. 14. KEISEN provides the solutions <ul><li>Maintains a main office in Tokyo </li></ul><ul><li>Maintains a liaison office in Philadelphia (Keisen USA) </li></ul><ul><li>The liaison office will conduct all communications with U.S. clients </li></ul><ul><li>There are Japanese and U.S. patent attornies in the liaison office </li></ul><ul><li>Translations are always given a final check by the Japanese patent attorney to assure their accuracy </li></ul>
  15. 15. Advantages of the Newly Proposed Model <ul><li>Our “one-stop” filing procedure makes your Japanese patent filings simple and easy: Keisen Associates will fully carry out your instructions from start to finish. </li></ul><ul><li>Prompt response from Japanese patent attorneys. </li></ul><ul><li>English-speaking Japanese patent attorneys and staff are available. </li></ul><ul><li>Reduced communication costs. </li></ul><ul><li>The time spent trying to communicate translation issues between a U.S. company and a Japanese associate is dramatically reduced. </li></ul><ul><li>If needed, one-on-one meetings with the attorneys are possible </li></ul><ul><li>Attorneys from Keisen USA can attend interviews with the Japanese Patent Office. </li></ul><ul><li>Skype conferencing is possible with the Japan Patent Office . </li></ul>
  16. 16. Professionals at Keisen Associates <ul><li>There are currently nine professionals at the Philadelphia office, including Japanese patent attorneys, Japanese attorneys at law, U.S. patent attorneys, U.S. patent agents with Ph.D. degrees </li></ul><ul><li>There are more than 20 bilingual staff on hand, including technical advisors, technical translators with specializations in biochemistry, biological science, mechanical engineering and more. </li></ul>
  17. 17. <ul><li>Keisen Associates </li></ul><ul><li> Eight Penn Center, Suite 1300 </li></ul><ul><li> 1628 John F. Kennedy Boulevard </li></ul><ul><li> Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103 </li></ul><ul><li>Tel: +1-215-701-6349, Fax: +1-215-751-0192 </li></ul><ul><li> E-mail: </li></ul><ul><li>Keisen (Tokyo, Japan) Ichiban-cho Central Bldg., 8-FL. 22-1 Ichiban-cho </li></ul><ul><li>Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-0082 Tel: +81-(0)3-3230-1244, Fax: +81-(0)3-3230-1245 </li></ul>