Shinichi Watanabe began his career as a patent attorney in 2003, and with the valuable experience gained at global patent law firms, he joined us in April 2015.

His practice primarily deals with filing and prosecution of domestic and international patent applications in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology fields. He is also experienced in invalidation trials. Backed up by a wealth of practical experience and technical expertise, he is actively engaged in IP counselling and advises start-up pharmaceutical and biotech companies on patent filing strategies.

Since 2015, he has taken up the responsibility as IP Manager for the Research Center for Industry Alliances at Tokyo Medical and Dental University, and provides the university with full support on evaluating and acquiring protection for new inventions as well as identifying best use for IP rights.

His language proficiency in both English and French from studying abroad has helped to bridge the cultural gap with international clients. In 2005, he participated in the Center for Advanced Study & Research on Innovation Policy (CASRIP) Summer Institute of the University of Washington.

1996 BSc. in Chemistry, Faculty of Science, Kyoto University
1998 MSc. in Chemistry, Graduate School of Science, Kyoto University
2003 Registration as Patent Attorney
2005 Registration as Patent Attorney with Supplementary Note of Specific Infringement Lawsuit Counsel

Biotechnology, medicine, chemistry, materials science

2012-2013 Council member of the Japan Patent Attorneys Association
2016 Executive director of the Japan Patent Attorneys Association
2017 Vice president of the Japan Patent Attorneys Association