- Corporate Academia Collaboration for Innovation -

Thu, May 18, 2017Kyoto University, International Science Innovation Building

Thu, May 18, 2017Kyoto University, International Science Innovation Building, Symposium Hall


9:00 - 10:00

Registration (Coffee and Pastry)


Hisao Yamasaki, Office of Society-Academia Collaboration for Innovation, Kyoto University


Opening remarks

Shinji Asonuma, EVP, industry-government-academia collaboration, Kyoto University


Keynote address

Kenichi Nagasawa, Group Executive, Corporate Intellectual Property & Legal Headquarters, Canon


Networking Break


Leveraging IP and collaboration to create value in emerging technologies

Emerging technologies such as Cloud computing, internet of things, cell therapy, regenerative medicine, and electric vehicles, have enormous value, but require unprecedented collaboration to develop successful products and services. Business alliances and joint defensive strategies that leverage several forms of IP are now essential for success. The session will discuss:

  • Personal information protection and data security
  • IP protection of Cloud computing and Internet of Things
  • Choosing patent protection or trade secret
  • Hybrid licenses for broad-based technology deals with business partners
  • Maximizing value from technology transfer, joint development and licensing
  • The role of IP in joint ventures and other partnerships


  • Hiroyuki Hagiwara, Partner, Litigation, Paul Hastings
  • Speaker

    • Shoei Imai, General Manager, Intellectual Property Headquarters, Fujifilm
    • Yuji Toda, Corporate Officer & General Manager, Intellectual Property Division, Hitachi, Ltd.
    • Bin Sun, Chief Legal Officer, Xiaomi
    • Masakazu Higuchi, Assistant Professor, Institute for Integrated Cell-Material Sciences (iCeMS), Kyoto University Institute for Advanced Study (KUIAS) Founder, Atomis Inc.

    Lunch break


    US patent quality update - Inter partes review

    Kevin Jakel, Founder & CEO, Unified Patents


    Best practices on utilize academic research, venture capital, and incubation to drive innovation

    Corporations are enhancing their global innovation networks with academic institutions and other high-technology ventures to accelerate innovation. In this session, learn how some of the world’s most innovative companies pick the right innovation partners based on their R&D strategies and complementary positions. Also, the panel will discuss innovator’s funding options based on their goals. The session will discuss:

    • Tradeoffs of using in-house development vs collaborative development with research institutions or ventures
    • Successes in connecting industry and academia
    • How to use IP to attract investors
    • Examples of corporate venture capital that have enhanced technological leadership and market expertise
    • How to choose the right incubator or accelerator


    Masahiro Samejima, Partner Attorney/Patent Attorney, Uchida & Samejima Law Firm


    • Tsutomu Yamasawa, General Manager, Intellectual Property Center, OMRON
    • Hiroshi Kawana, General manager, Intellectual Property, KDDI
    • Tatsuya Hinoki, Professor, Institute of Advanced Energy, Kyoto University
    • Atsushi Wakamiya, Associate Professor, Institute for Chemical Research, Kyoto University

    Networking Break


    Patent quality is now the key to successful business strategy and investment opportunities

    A shift is taking place in IP transactions as parties are emphasizing patent validity due to recent patent law reforms and US court decisions. In this session, the panel will discuss how these changes are effecting corporates and research institutions strategies.

    • Recent changes in corporate IP assertion and defense strategies
    • Patent transactions and portfolio strategy to maximize return of investment
    • Quality vs quantity, where is the balance and how to identify them
    • Best practices in dealing with low quality patent assertions
    • How the US inter partes review has changed the patent landscape


    Shawn Ambwani, COO, Unified Patents


    • James Finnegan, Senior Vice President, Intellectual Property Strategy, Comcast
    • Yoshiaki Tokuda, Director, Intellectual Property Center, Panasonic Corporation
    • Tatsuya Nishikawa, General Manager, Corporate Intellectual Property Division, Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    • Mitchell Rosenfeld, Director, San Francisco, Houlihan Lokey

    Cocktail Reception