Kenichi MORITA, Patent Attorney
K. Morita studied biochemistry at Saitama University, and began his career in intellectual properties in 1974. He was trained as a technical staff member in Nakajima International Patent Office from 1974 to 1984. At the Nakajima firm, he mainly handled chemical, medical, pharmaceutical, and microorganism cases from chemical or pharmaceutical companies in foreign countries, such as Ciba-Geigy (Novartis), Switzerland, and Imperial Chemical Industries, UK.
After being admitted as a Japanese patent attorney in 1983, he joined Seiwa Patent & Law (formally A. Aoki, Ishida & Associates) in 1984, and worked there for five years. At the Seiwa Patent & Law firm, he handled patent applications in various fields, though mainly chemical, photochemical, cosmetic, medical, diagnostic, pharmaceutical, gene-engineering and microorganism cases from domestic and foreign companies, such as Eastman Kodak, US, Dow Chemical, US, and Ciba-Geigy (Novartis). Further, he has frequently taken part in litigations with other attorneys. While working at Seiwa Patent & Law, he spent one month at Eastman Kodak, Rochester, NY.
In 1991, he opened his patent firm, Morita & Associates. After founding this firm, he sometimes conducted seminars on Japanese patent practice in the biotechnology field in several universities, such as Keio, Waseda, and Kanazawa Universities. He was a visiting lecturer of Tokai University from 2006 to 2010. In the Japanese Patent Attorney's Association, he was vice-chairman of the Biological Patent Committee in 2003, and a member of the Industrial Design Committee from 2007 to 2009. He is a member of the Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI).
He primarily works on prosecutions of patents and industrial designs, as well as litigations. He represents Japanese clients as well as companies of various foreign countries, such as the USA, Germany, South Korea, France, Switzerland, etc.
Masayuki HARABAYASHI, Technical Staff
M. HARABAYASHI obtained an M.S. degree in biochemistry at Osaka University. He began his career as a laboratory researcher with Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation in 1988. After working for a few months in a patent firm in Nagoya, he joined Morita & Associates in 1994. His expertise includes extensive experience in prosecuting domestic and foreign patent applications for gene-engineering, immunological, pharmaceutical, diagnostic, and textile inventions.