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Webinar: Design Law and Practice in Japan

October 11, 2023 @ 4:00 pm 5:00 pm

1 Participatory MCLE Credits

Presented by the International Interest Group.

The webinar will examine design law and practice in Japan, including registerable subject matter, requirements for registration, partial design registration system, related design registration system, and protection of technology by design right. The speaker will also show examples of technical ideas which are protected by patent rights and design rights.

Speaker: Tomoya Kurokawa
Moderator: Mariana Paula Noli

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Tomoya Kurokawa received his B.S. (1992) and M.S. (1994) in Mathematical Engineering and Information Physics from the University of Tokyo. Following his graduation, he worked for NKK (a Japanese steel corporation; now JFE) as an engineer in the fields of measurement and control equipment.

Since joining SOEI Patent and Law Firm in 1997 and qualifying as a patent attorney in 1999, he handles not only patent prosecutions, oppositions, and expert opinions, especially in the fields of mobile communications, computer architecture, and software, but also consults with inventors and clients and counsels them on procuring and enforcing worldwide intellectual property rights (including design and trademark rights).
He is a vice director general of the JPAA’ s International Activities Center for many years and served as a delegate to international intellectual property conferences and meetings.

He currently teaches Intellectual property law at Hakuoh University and was an adjunct professor at Toyama University where he taught patent law.

As the founder and manager of Noli IP Solutions, PC, Mariana Noli oversees the overall operations of the law firm. Mariana maintains a diverse practice preparing, prosecuting and managing domestic and foreign trademark and patent portfolios for a large assortment of clientele across a variety of industry sectors. Mariana assists clients in identifying the best types of intellectual property to obtain based upon business objective, product type, product life, distribution channels and territories, and budget consideration.

We are committed to accessibility! Virtual events are equipped with closed captioning. To request an in-person accommodation, send us a note at or contact us at 916-516-1760 for assistance.


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