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Hajime Watanabe

Tel :+81-3-3596-7303

Professional Qualif ications & Activities

  • Admitted in Japan, 1987; Illinois (Foreign Legal Consultant), 1994; New York, 1995
  • Daini-Tokyo Bar Association
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Director of The Licensing Executives Society Japan
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association

Education & Prior Experience

The University of Tokyo (LL.B.) , 1985
Admitted in Japan, 1987, Daini-Tokyo Bar Association
Joined Mori Sogo (currently, Mori Hamada & Matsumoto), 1987
University of Illinois, College of Law (LL.M.), 1993
Jenner & Block, Chicago, Illinois, 1993-1995
Admitted in Illinois (Foreign Legal Consultant), 1994, Chicago Bar Association
Admitted in New York, 1995, New York State Bar Association
The Federal Trade Commission of The United States, Washington, D.C., 1995
Lecturer of International Transaction Laws at Tokai University, 1996-1998
Established STW & Partners, 2007
Statutory Auditor (Outside Company), SEIKO PMC CORPORATION, June 2007-
Statutory Auditor (Outside Company), FURYU Corporation, June 2009 -
Statutory Auditor (Outside Company), Meiji Holdings Co., Ltd., June 2013-

Publications

  • "Copyright 2019" Global Practice Guide, Chambers and Partners, 2019 (Co-Author)*
  • "What You Should Learn before Taking Office as Outside Director -- its Duties and Liabilities -- (1-25)" Shojihomu Portal website, 2017-2018
  • "Copyright 2018" Global Practice Guide, Chambers and Partners, 2018 (Co-Author)*
  • "Recent Trends in the Enforcement of the Antitrust Laws by the U.S. DOJ" Fair Trade No. 782, Fair Trade Institute, 2015
  • "The Defense Practice for the Enforcement of the U.S. Antitrust Laws" (2nd ed.) Shojihomu Co., Ltd., 2015
  • "Trade secret law: guidelines revised" IAM Yearbook 2016, Globe Business Media Group, 2015 (Co-Author)*
  • "Experience at the Federal Trade Commission" Fair Trade No. 768, Fair Trade Institute, 2014
  • "Current State of and Defense Practice for Enforcement of Foreign Corrupt Practices Act in the U.S. - in comparison with Antitrust Laws" NBL No. 1022, Shojihomu Co., Ltd., 2014
  • "Review on Apple vs Samsung Patent Lawsuit" NBL No. 1018, Shojihomu Co., Ltd., 2014
  • "Enforcement of Antitrust law in the United States and practical considerations for entering into a plea agreement with the DOJ" NBL No. 990, Shojihomu Co., Ltd., 2012
  • "Very Basic Aspects of Business Law Practice - IP Law" Business Homu, Chuokeizai-Sha, Inc., December 2011
  • "Very Basic Aspects of Business Law Practice - IP Law" Business Homu, Chuokeizai-Sha, Inc., October 2011
  • "Practice on the Enforcement of the Antitrust Laws by the U.S. Department of Justice" Fair Trade No. 719, Fair Trade Institute, 2010
  • "The Defense Practice for the Enforcement of the U.S. Antitrust Laws" Shojihomu Co., Ltd., 2009
  • "License Business Practice (Practice in Intellectual Property No. 7)" Chuokeizai-Sha, Inc., 2009
  • "The Relationship between the Judgment Invalidating Patent Claims at an Appellate Court of Patent Infringement Lawsuit and the Decision of Correcting the Claims Rendered after the Judgment" Bimonthly Journal of A.I.P.P.I. Vol. 33 No. 6, 2008 (Co-Author)*
  • "Theory and Practice of Patent Infringement Litigation in the United States" Theory and Practice of Intellectual Property Laws, Shinnippon-Hoki Publishing Co., Ltd., 2007
  • "Enactment of Law Concerning the Application of Laws in General and Its Influence in Practice" LEXIS Kigyo-Homu, LexisNexis Japan Co., Ltd., 2006
  • "Patent Infringement Litigation (Practice in Intellectual Property No. 6)" Chuokeizai-Sha, Inc., 2003 (Co-Author)
  • "Internet Laws 4th Edition" Japan Institute of Business Law, 2003 (Co-Author)
  • "Domain Name Dispute, the Recent Cases (Sony Bank Decision)" Business Homu, Chuokeizai-Sha, Inc., May 2002
  • "Impact of Violation of the U.S. Antitrust Law by Japanese Corporations" Audit & Supervisory Board Members No. 459, Japan Audit & Supervisory Board Members Association, 2002
  • "Patent Law and Utility Model Law (Practice in Intellectual Property No. 1)" Chuokeizai-Sha, Inc., 2002 (Co-Author)
  • "Recent Situation Relating to the Extraterritorial Application of the U.S. Antitrust Law and its Background" Commercial Law Review Nos. 1484 and 1486, Japan Institute of Business Law, 1998
  • "Extraterritorial Application of Sherman Act on Criminal Penalty" Commercial Law Review No. 1481, Japan Institute of Business Law, 1998
  • "Extraterritorial Application of the U.S. Antitrust Law on Price Fixings in Japan" Commercial Law Review No. 1457, Japan Institute of Business Law, 1997
  • "Participation in a Board Meeting by an Interested Chairman" Commercial Law Review No. 1447, Japan Institute of Business Law, 1997
  • "The New Product Liability Act in the United States" NBL No. 573, Shojihomu Co., Ltd., 1995
  • "A New Joint Venture Vehicle for Japanese Investment in the U.S.: The Limited Liability Company" Commercial Law Review Nos. 1391 and 1392, Japan Institute of Business Law, 1995 (Co-Author)
  • "Opinion on the Delaware Supreme Court on Paramount v. Time-Warner Case" Commercial Law Review No. 1214, Japan Institute of Business Law, 1990
  • "Defense Tactics in M&A" edited by Mori Sogo Law Offices, Chuokeizai-Sha, Inc., 1990 (Co-Author)
  • "Failure of The Merger of UAL And The Legal Fees" Commercial Law Review No. 1203, Japan Institute of Business Law, 1989
  • "Decision of The Delaware Supreme Court on Rights of Shareholders" Commercial Law Review No. 1195, Japan Institute of Business Law, 1989
  • "Handling of Insider Trading Regulations" Shoji-Homu (Data Book) No. 56, Shojihomu Co., Ltd., 1988
  • "Insider Trading Regulations and Legal Services" Jurist No. 920, Yuhikaku Publishing Co., Ltd., 1988

  • NOTE: English publications are marked with *.  All other publications are written in Japanese and their English titles listed above are translated from the Japanese originals only for reference purposes.

Seminars

  • "Summary and evaluation of risk occurred by violations of US antitrust laws" Financial Facsimile News, August 26, 2011
  • "IP Litigation: Global Best Practices (A Conference of ABA Annual Meeting)" American Bar Association, August 9, 2008*
  • "California International Arbitration Conference" California Bar Association, February 28, 2008*
  • "IP Trends in the United States: Current State of IP Case Law, Patent Reform and Patent Valuation" Intellectual Property Association of Japan, June 17, 2006

  • NOTE: Seminars presented in English are marked with *.  All other seminars were presented in Japanese and their English titles listed above are translated from the Japanese originals only for reference purposes.

Major Awards

  • Recommended by Chambers Asia-Pacific as Leading Individual in the sector of Intellectual Property for ten consecutive years (2010-2019).
  • Recommended by Chambers Global as Leading Individual in the sector of Intellectual Property for six consecutive years (2014-2019).
  • Named as one of the most highly regarded experts in the area of patent law by Who's Who Legal for four consecutive years (2014-2017).
  • Named as one of the leading lawyers in Japan in the area of competition and patent law by Who's Who Legal: Japan.
  • Named as one of the 2018 Top 100 Lawyers by Legal Comprehensive.
  • Named as a leading lawyer in "Lawyer of the Year - Japan" in 2017 Golden Global Awards by Legal Comprehensive.
  • Named as a leading lawyer in "Lawyer of the Year-Antitrust & Competition" in the 2017 LawyerIssue awards by the LawyerIssue.
  • Recommended as a leading lawyer in Asialaw Profiles 2016.
  • Recommended as one of the best lawyers in Best Lawyers 2016.
  • Named as a leading lawyer in "Global Awards 2015" published by Corporate LiveWire.
  • Named to The Best Lawyers in Japan 2015 in the practice area of intellectual property.
  • Named as one of the leading lawyers in the area of litigation and patent law by Asia IP Expert 2015.
  • Selected as one of the most highly acclaimed legal experts in Japan for Dispute Resolution and Intellectual Property by Asialaw Leading Lawyers for six consecutive years (2013-2018).
  • Named as a leading lawyer in "ICFM 500 Leading Lawyer" published by the InterContinental Finance Magazine for three consecutive years (2013-2015).
  • Recommended by IAM Patent 1000 - The World's Leading Patent Professioinals as Leading Individual for seven consecutive years (2012-2018).