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President's message

On behalf of the Japan Group of the Asian Patent Attorneys Association (APAA JAPAN), I am pleased to extend my warmest greetings to all members of APAA and everyone engaging in IP matters.

APAA JAPAN was established on March 30, 1970, as one of the recognized groups of the APAA. APAA JAPAN held a ceremony and reception to celebrate 40th anniversary on September 8, 2010. The event was attended by a number of distinguished guests including Commissioner of the Japan Patent Office, Judges of the Intellectual Property High Court and Tokyo District Court, President and Vice-Presidents of JPAA, current and past Presidents of APAA, Senior Vice-Presidents of APAA, and Presidents of Recognized Groups of APAA.

Our missions include:

  1. To foster close relationships with IP-related organizations including JPAA, FICPI, JPO, and WIPO and cooperate with such organizations;
  2. To conduct research and study regarding IP matters in the Asia region and provide IP information to the members of APAA JAPAN and other IP-related individuals and organizations; and;
  3. To cooperate with APAA and provide support for APAA’s activities.

In order to fulfill our missions, APAA JAPAN has a number of Committees regarding Anti-Counterfeiting, Copyright, Design, Patent and Trademark within our organization to cooperate with the corresponding Standing Committees of APAA, and an Asia Committee to conduct research and study regarding IP matters in the Asia region.

I hope that APAA JAPAN will contribute to the promotion of the protection of intellectual property throughout the world, especially in the Asia region through our committee activities and cooperation with APAA.

Shigeru Inaba
President, APAA JAPAN

President's message


Kozo TAKEUCHI
APAA Japan group President

On behalf of the Japan Group of the Asian Patent Attorneys Association (APAA JAPAN), I am pleased to extend to you my greetings.

APAA JAPAN was established on March 30, 1970 as one of the officially recognized groups of the Asian Patent Attorneys Association. APAA JAPAN has about 650 patent attorneys and holds monthly board meetings and committee meetings.

Our group’s aims and policies are as follows:

  1. To maintain close communication and relationships with WIPO, FICPI, JPO, JPAA and other IP authorities;
  2. To conduct research and study regarding IP matters through committee activities;
  3. To provide IP information, and
  4. To provide cooperation and support for APAA’s activities

I hope that the creation of this APAA JAPAN English-version web site is of great help and advantage to the understanding of IP laws and practice in Japan, and will contribute to the global development of the IP community.

Kozo Takeuchi
President, APAA JAPAN



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