Kenji Sugimura

Managing Partner at SUGIMURA & Partners

Kenji Sugimura is a managing partner at SUGIMURA & Partners – a leading Japanese IP firm founded in 1923. Under his leadership, SUGIMURA continues to be recognised for its commitment to quality IP protection, prompt service and competitive rates.

As an experienced Japanese patent attorney and litigator specialising in mechanics and architectural engineering, Mr Sugimura is actively involved in various IP organisations, including the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property, the Asian Patent Attorneys Association, the International Federation of Intellectual Property Attorneys (FICPI), International Trademark Association and the Japan Patent Attorneys Association (JPAA). He is vice president and secretary general of FICPI Japan. He also served as one of the JPAA’s vice presidents for 2020.

Mr Sugimura has authored several articles on Japanese IP practice in international IP magazines. His writings focus on recent changes and trends in Japanese IP practice, general differences between IP practice in Japan and that in the United States and Europe, and industry-specific opportunities within the Japanese IP market. Mr Sugimura’s publications include:

  • “iPS Cell Technology Spurs Biological Patenting in Japan”, World Intellectual Property Review (2013);
  • “An Important Market: Software Patenting in Japan”, World Intellectual Property Review (2012);
  • “Effective Ways to Obtain Japanese Patents”, World Intellectual Property Review (2011); and
  • “Japan’s New Patent Rules”, Managing Intellectual Property (2010).

Before joining SUGIMURA, Mr Sugimura was a professional architect for Lord Norman Foster in London and a senior architect in the construction of HSBC’s Hong Kong headquarters – a leading example of high-tech architecture. He brings the international exposure, bold vision and attention to detail from his architecture background to enrich SUGIMURA’s dedicated attention to its international clients.

Professional associations

  • IPBC
  • JPAA

Firm details

SUGIMURA & Partners
Common Gate West Tower
36th Floor
Kasumigaseki 3-2-1
Tokyo 100 0013

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