Patent Attorney Kazuaki Takami


Mr. Takami looks back on an extraordinary career in intellectual property, which has taken him around the world. After graduating from the Faculty of Engineering at the Kanazawa University he studied Nuclear engineering at the Catholic University of America, Washington D.C.,U.S.A. before he began his career as an examiner at the Japanese Patent Office in 1957, where he was soon promoted to the position of International Affairs Officer. In his capacity as International Affairs Officer, he worked at the International Bureau (WIPO) in Geneva, where he specialized in the worldwide prosecution of intellectual property as he actively participated in the introduction of the PCT and IPC systems. He eventually became Appeal examiner in chief and Executive Chief Administrative Judge at the Japan Patent Office. After leaving the Japanese Patent Office, he continued his career as a patent attorney in a private firm.
He regularly attends conferences as speaker and was chairman of numerous international committees of the Japan Patent Attorneys Association, as well as Secretary General of AIPPI Japan and Secretary General and Director of FICPI Japan and Vice President of Study and Work Commission (CET) of FICPI International.
Moreover, he is an honorable member of FICPI International.
His motto is "Think globally, act locally" motivates him to pursue and promote patent rights worldwide in order to respond to changes in the business environment in the age of global competition.
Mr. Takami joined our firm in 2006 and has been strongly committed to assisting domestic clients abroad and foreign clients to achieve reliable intellectual property protection in Japan.

Fields of Expertise

Thanks to his rich experience at the international level and at the Japanese Patent Office, Mr. Takami has acquired a unique expertise that enables him to provide high quality services in the prosecution of patents and in successfully proceeding oppositions and invalidation trials proceedings. In particular, his expert opinions on the evaluation of intellectual property rights provide our clients with the highest degree of legal certainty in the settlement of patent disputes or for freedom-to-operate and invalidation analysis with regard to potential infringement scenarios.


Technical Fields
Electrical engineering, semiconductor engineering, mechanical engineering, special machining (electric discharge machining, electrolytic machining, laser machining, etc.)
Toyama Prefecture, Japan
Patent Attorney JPAA registered since 1990 (Reg. No. 10012)
Professional Career
2006 Take, Takami & Associates (now Takewa International Patent Office)
1992 Patent Attorney at International Patent Office
1988 Executive Chief Administrative Judge at the JPO
1980 Appeal Examiner in Chief at JPO
1976 Patent Specialist (IPC) at World Intellectual Property Organization WIPO (Geneva)
1975 Director, Automatic Control Division of 5th Examination Department at the JPO
1973 Councilor, International Affairs of JPO
1971 Patent Specialist (PCT)at World Intellectual Property Organization WIPO (Geneva)
1970 Appeal Examiner at the JPO
1957 Patent Examiner at the JPO
B.Sc. at Kanazawa University Faculty of Engineering
Extra Curriculum Activities
Japan International Industrial Property Protection Association (AIPPI) Secretary-General
Chairman, Japan Patent Attorneys Association International Activities Committee
Chairman, Japan Patent Attorneys Association International Policy Committee
International Patent Attorneys Federation (FICPI) Japan Association Director
Director, International Patent Attorneys Federation (FICPI)
Member of Asian Patent Attorneys Association (APAA)
Japanese, English, French