Managing Partner at SONODA & KOBAYASHI Intellectual Property Law
As the firm’s primary patent litigator, Yoshitaka Sonoda handles appeals, invalidations and infringements before the Tokyo Intellectual Property High Court and the Supreme Court of Japan for companies and organisations in Europe and the United States. He is also the primary negotiator of licensing and trade secret agreements.
Dr Sonoda regularly gives seminars abroad on developments in IP practices in Japan at IP organisations and association meetings.
Dr Sonoda spent several years in France conducting research for the French Atomic Energy Commission. He has over 28 years’ experience in intellectual property in Japan, including 10 years as a director of a major Japanese IP firm before founding SONODA & KOBAYASHI. Under his leadership, the firm has gained an international reputation of reliability, high-quality work and smooth communication, and handles patent applications for many global companies.
He holds a PhD in structural engineering from the University of Tokyo and a BS in structural engineering from Yokohama National University. He has expertise in nuclear technology, thermodynamics, electrical and mechanical engineering, liquid crystals, fluid mechanics, optics, computing, aeronautical and automotive engineering and electromagnetism.
He speaks Japanese, English and French.
Dr Sonoda’s publications include: