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Shobayashi International Patent & Trademark Office stands out due to the considerable number of judicial experts on board – several of its almost 70 patent attorneys are former judges or JPO experts. To facilitate access to service users across Japan, Shobayashi has three offices in Tokyo and one in Osaka. It recently gained the badge of WIPO green partner – the first patent firm in the country to obtain such a title. Founder and president Masayuki Shobayashi has an excellent rapport with the JPO and specialises in biology, chemistry and pharmaceuticals. IP management specialist Hiro Takahori is a consumer electronics virtuoso, while adviser Satoshi Watanabe helps clientele to maximise the value of IP assets.