Hiro Takahori

Director, Licensing at Shobayashi International Patent and Trademark Office
Ranked in Brokering, Defensive patent aggregation, IP management consultancy, Licensing, M&A, Technology transfer, Valuation
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Hiro Takahori is one of Japan’s standout licensing and patent commercialisation experts. Extensive in-house experience gives him a sharpened appreciation of the business of intellectual property and, as a former engineer, he has an excellent command of the technical aspects of his craft.

Hiro Takahori's Profile

Hiro Takahori is an experienced professional who leads the licensing department of Shobayashi International Patent and Trademark Office (SIPTO), one of the fastest-growing IP firms in Japan. He supports clients in IP management and transactions, including licensing, sales and acquisitions.

Before joining SIPTO, he served as the managing director of Conversant IP Japan KK, a Japanese subsidiary of Conversant IP Management in Canada, where he was responsible for all business activities, including IP prosecution, licensing, business development, finance and administration. Before that, he served as an executive in charge of intellectual property and corporate planning at King Jim Corp, a Japanese office supply company, and established its IP department. Before working at King Jim, he was vice president at Discovision Associates in the United States, a highly recognised patent licensing entity, working in IP portfolio management, transactions and prosecution for more than 10 years. Mr Takahori’s experience comes from his time as an engineer in technology development and as an audio-visual product planner in the United States and Japan at Pioneer Corporation for 20 years.

Mr Takahori understands the importance of integrating fundamental technology and intellectual property with management. He now actively works to use intellectual property effectively, to discuss the importance of intellectual property and educate others about intellectual property. Mr Takahori has also been a guest speaker at various organisations, including the IPBC, the Licensing Executives Society, the IP Association of Japan, the Patent Information Annual Conference in China and the Chinese IP Leader Forum.

Mr Takahori has an MSEE in communication engineering from the University of Electro-Communications in Tokyo and an engineer’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Southern California.

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