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December 3, 7 and 13, 2018

Hisafumi Sato gives a risk-management lecture entitled "Risk Management of Employment-related Legal Affairs in Corporate Management -- with a Commentary on Work-style Reform Legislation" hosted by Japan Audit & Supervisory Board Members Association (presented in Japanese only).

October 19, 2018

STW & Partners was awarded Patent Litigation Law Firm of the Year in Japan – 2019 by Corporate INTL.

October 19, 2018

STW & Partners was awarded Law Firm of the Year Japan by InterContinental Finance & Law.

October 16, 2018

Go Anan gives a lecture entitled "Basics and Practice of Corporate Litigation -- When and What Should Corporate Legal Teams Do? --" hosted by Shojihomu, together with Kazuhiko Yamada, Esq. of Nakamura, Tsunoda & Matsumoto (presented in Japanese only).
For more information, please visit Shojihomu's website.

October 5, 2018

STW & Partners was awarded Intellectual Property Law Firm of the Year – Japan and Antitrust Law Firm of the Year – Japan by Worldwide Financial Advisor Awards Magazine.

September 28, 2018

STW & Partners was awarded Patent Litigation – Law Firm of the Year – Japan by Lawyer Monthly.

September 26, 2018

STW & Partners was awarded Intellectual Property Law Firm of the Year - Japan by Lawyers World Magazine.

September 26, 2018

STW & Partners was awarded Law Firm of the Year - Japan by Legal Comprehensive.

To be published late September 2018

Hisafumi Sato's new book "Legal Issues about Human Resources Management -- Guidelines and Procedures" is going to be released by Shojihomu Co., Ltd.

September 2018

Hisafumi Sato authored "What Viewpoint Should Legal Affairs Managers Have When Dealing with a Lawsuit?" for Business Law Journal, November 2018 issue (No. 128).

September 4 and 5, 2018

Go Anan gives a lecture entitled "Basic Understanding about the Organs of a Stock Company: Directors and Board of Directors, and Auditing Organ" hosted by Japan Audit & Supervisory Board Members Association (presented in Japanese only).
For more information, please visit Japan Audit & Supervisory Board Members Association's website.

July 30, 2018

STW & Partners has been selected as a Highly Recommended Firm by asialaw.

July 12, 2018

STW & Partners was awarded Patent Litigation Lawyer of the Year Japan by Finance Monthly.

July 12, 2018

STW & Partners has been selected as a 2018 TOP 50 GLOBAL FIRM by LegalComprehensive.

July 10, 2018

Hisafumi Sato and Go Anan co-authored "Basic Guide for Aspiring Litigation Lawyers -- from Engagement to Resolution of Civil Cases --," which is going to be released by Chuokeizai-Sha.

June 27, 2018

STW & Partners was awarded Patent Litigation Law Firm of the Year in Japan - 2018 by Global Law Experts.

June 15, 2018

STW & Partners has been ranked as one of the leading IP firms for Japan in the 2018 edition of Asia IP Profiles.

June 13, 2018

Hajime Watanabe's article "What You Should Learn before Taking Office as Outside Director -- its Duties and Liabilities -- (1-25)" has appeared on Shojihomu Portal website.

May 30, 2018

An interview with Go Anan is now published on Shojihomu Portal (Japanese only):

Interview: Which Law Firm is Actually Trusted by Leading Companies?
Part IV. STW & Partners
by Akira Nishida

May 29, 2018

STW & Partners was awarded International Litigation Law Firm of the Year - Japan by InterContinental Finance & Law Magazine.

May 18, 2018

Wataru Sueyoshi wrote an essay "International Exhaustion" for a book entitled "Practice for Patent Disputes -- Collection of Essays for the 70th Birthday Celebration of Yoichiro Komatsu, Esq." (Seirin Shoin, 2018).

May 2018

Wataru Sueyoshi has assumed the position of the president of the Intellectual Property Lawyers Network Japan ("IPLNET").

May 2018

A report entitled "Report on Demonstration Projects for the Consolidation of Information on Rights to Content" from the Committee on Consolidation of Information on Rights, which is chaired by Wataru Sueyoshi, has been published by the Agency for Cultural Affairs (Japanese only).

May 2018

A report entitled "For Proper Valuation of Damages for Patent Infringement" from the Working Group for Proper Valuation of Damages for Patent Infringement, which is chaired by Wataru Sueyoshi, has been published by the Japan Patent Office.

"For Proper Valuation of Damages for Patent Infringement" [Full text] (Japanese only)
"For Proper Valuation of Damages for Patent Infringement" [Abstract] (Japanese only)

May 2018

Hisafumi Sato co-authored "A Commentary on the Amendment of the Civil Code (Claims Law) and Actual Transaction Activities for Real Property," which is going to be released by Nihon Kajo Shuppan K.K.

May 16, 2018

Hisafumi Sato is going to attend as a commentator at a seminar entitled "Practice of Civil Litigation from the Perspective of Judges -- Looking Back Over the 20 Years Since the Enforcement of the New Code of Civil Procedure" hosted by Japan Law Foundation (presented in Japanese only).

May 10, 2018

Hajime Watanabe was named as a Leading Lawyer for Dispute Resolution & Litigation, Intellectual Property in Asialaw Leading Lawyers 2018.

April 24, 2018

STW & Partners was awarded Cross Border Transaction Law firm of the Year – Japan by Legal Comprehensive.

April 5, 2018

STW & Partners was awarded Intellectual Property Law Firm of the Year - Japan by Worldwide Financial Advisor Awards Magazine.

March 16, 2018

Hisafumi Sato gave a lecture entitled "How Judges Have Changed their Views on Nuclear-related Suits and other Technology-related Suits -- How Businesses Should React to the Change" at the Japan Electrical Manufacturers' Association, Special Committee of Nuclear Power Quality Assurance.

March 8, 2018

STW & Partners was awarded Cross Border Transaction Law firm of the Year - Japan by DealMakers.

February 22, 2018

Hajime Watanabe and Yasuhiro Sato co-authored "Copyright 2018" for Global Practice Guide.

February 19, 2018

STW & Partners are pleased to announce that Mr. Tomoya Fujimoto, who was admitted as an attorney in Japan in 2000, has joined the firm as of February 19, 2018.
Mr. Fujimoto has a wealth of knowledge and experience in corporate legal affairs, mainly in the area of intellectual property, including expertise as an in-house lawyer.
We firmly believe that, by welcoming Mr. Fujimoto to the firm, STW & Partners will be able to provide even higher levels of legal services to our clients.

Message from Mr. Fujimoto:
I am happy to announce that I joined STW & Partners in February 2018.
I joined Mori Sogo (currently, Mori Hamada & Matsumoto) in 2001 after working at TMI Associates. Taking a period of study leave in Los Angeles, USA, I have practiced for about ten years in total, centered on businesses and disputes regarding content, technology, media, and entertainment, including intellectual property-related cases.
For the last six years, I worked for The Walt Disney Company as the chief of legal affairs both in Japan and South Korea and supported the company in its movies, broadcasting, online/console games, merchandising and other new businesses in those two countries as a legal professional, while providing expert advice on a wide variety of matters in the area of corporate management, including compliance, marketing, technology, and personnel strategies. Adding value from the expertise as an in-house lawyer I have gained in the company and the insight I have obtained as a member of the management of the company both in Japan and South Korea, I will make every effort to provide my clients with best possible legal services while having shared views with them, so we will together achieve the goal.
I would be most grateful for any guidance and encouragement you may be able to give me.

February 16, 2018

STW & Partners has been evaluated as a leading law firm by Chambers Global 2018 and Chambers Asia-Pacific 2018 for our Intellectual Property practice. Wataru Sueyoshi and Hajime Watanabe have also been listed as leading individuals for the Intellectual Property practice.

February 16, 2018

Hisafumi Sato gave a lecture entitled "Basic Knowledge of Civil Litigation Practice for In-house Legal Professionals" hosted by Shojihomu.

January 26, 2018

STW & Partners was awarded Intellectual Property Law Firm of the Year - Japan and Antitrust Law Firm of the Year - Japan by Worldwide Financial Advisor Awards Magazine.

January 25, 2018

The Committee on Consolidation of Information on Rights, which is chaired by Wataru Sueyoshi, opens "音楽権利情報検索ナビ," a database/search engine for music-related rights from February 1 to 28, 2018 as one of the demonstration projects by the Agency for Cultural Affairs for FY 2017 (available in Japanese only). Details are shown below:

  ■Press release from the Committee on Consolidation of Information on Rights
  https://www.music-rights.jp/PressRelease.pdf

January 22, 2018

Go Anan's article "Remuneration for Officers--Key Points of System Development and Considering What to Include in the Items to be Resolved" has appeared in the March issue of Business Houmu magazine.

January 22, 2018

STW & Partners was awarded Antitrust Law Firm of the Year - Japan by Lawyers Worldwide Awards Magazine.

January 17, 2018

STW & Partners was awarded Litigation Law Firm of the Year – Japan and Client Choice - Patent Litigation Law Firm of the Year - Japan by Lawyer International.

(Added on February 27, 2018)
STW & Partners was also awarded the Japanese Antitrust Law Firm of the Year.

January 16, 2018

STW & Partners was awarded the Best Intellectual Property Law Firm 2018 - Japan by Acquisition International.

January 10, 2018

STW & Partners was awarded Litigation Law Firm of the Year in Japan - 2018 and Patent Litigation Law Firm of the Year in Japan - 2018 by Corporate INTL.

January 9, 2018

STW & Partners are pleased to announce that Mr. Mitsuki Usui, who was admitted to practice law in December 2017, has joined the firm.

Message from Mr. Usui:
I am proud to begin my career as an attorney-at-law at STW & Partners after the months of my legal apprenticeship.
To become a legal professional who always provides clients with legal services that fully satisfy them, I am willing to face any challenges and will make my best effort in any kind of legal matter.
I look forward to working for my future clients.  Thank you.