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Intellectual Property Association of Japan

Intellectual property management has become one of the key focuses of today’s corporations. As the following out of manufacturing companies continues, it is now inevitable for corporate management, despite the type of industry, to shift its weight from tangible goods to intangible assets of intellectual property.

Notably, companies pioneering in the rapidly changing advanced technologies will be greatly influenced by the way they handle these intellectual property issues. It is therefore extremely important for corporate managers, who desire to predict tomorrow’s changes and to benefit from their intellectual properties, to participate in the most advanced studies of intellectual property strategies and systems.

The application of corporate-borne knowledge, the countermeasures against Euro/US strategies, and the protection of intellectual property on foreign soil-these are some of the areas in which intellectual property strategies need to be improved. Furthermore, it would not be an exaggeration to say that there is a strong demand for a research venue for intellectual property studies, where business models can be created to lead intellectual property management to success.

To promote intellectual studies that will meet such needs, the Intellectual Property Association of Japan (IPAJ) was founded in October 2002 (and later incorporated in August 2006) by researchers who were the creators of intellectual property, and corporate managers who were their main users. As it can be seen from the organization’s scheme, members from a broad range of intellectual property fields were brought together to facilitate the research activities in interdisciplinary studies, such as science and technology, management, law, and economics.

By taking part in IPAJ’s research activities, you can acquire the knowledge that will help your company adapt to an ever-changing intellectual property environment. Whoever is interested in intellectual property is welcome to join us at IPAJ.

Listed below are some of the topics that are deeply related to the corporate activities we are planning to research.

Executive

<President>
Isao Karube (President, Tokyo University of Technology)

<Vice President>
Akira Koike (President, A.KOIKE&CO.TECNES CO.,LTD)
Takahiko Kondo (Chairman, New Energy Foundation)
Nobuo Sasaki (President, Patent Strategy Design Institute Co., Ltd.)
Toshiya Watanabe (Professor, Todai Policy Alternatives Research Institute)

<Directors>
Yasutaka Iguchi (Professor Emeritus , Tohoku University. Assistant to the President , Hirosaki University)
Masayasu Ishida (Eminent Professor , Aoyama Gakuin University Faculty of Law)
Kiyohide Okamoto (Professor , Graduate School of Intellectual Property , OSAKA Institute of Technology)
Masanobu Katoh (Executive Director and Country Head of JAPAN, Intellectual Ventures™ )
Masakazu Kubo (Chief Producer,Cross Medeia Business Center, SHOGAKUKAN,Inc.)
Koichi Sumikura (Associate Professor, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies)
Hirobumi Doi (President, Contents-City Co.,Ltd.)
Sadao Nagaoka (Professor, Institute of Innovation Research, Hitotsubashi University)
Naoki Mizutani (President, MIZUTANI Law&Patent Office)
Ryuuichi Morishita (Professor, Osaka University Graduate School of Medicine)
Takafumi Yamamoto (CEO & President, TOUDAI TLO, Ltd.)
Satoshi Watanabe (Lawyer. Professor Emeritus , Osaka University)

<Auditors>
Chouzaburou Minagawa (Professor,Graduate School of Inovation Studies, Tokyo University of Science)
Yoshihiro Kanazawa (Professor,Graduate School of Intellectual Property, Nihon University)

Introduction to the IPAJ