- 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


Atsushi Wakamiya
Associate Professor, Institute for Chemical Research, Kyoto University
Bin Sun
Chief Legal Officer, Xiaomi
Hiroshi Kawana
General manager, Intellectual Property, KDDI
Hiroyuki Hagiwara
Partner, Litigation, Paul Hastings
Hisao Yamasaki
Office of Society-Academia Collaboration for Innovation, Kyoto University
James Finnegan
Senior Vice President, Intellectual Property Strategy, Comcast
Kenichi Nagasawa
Group Executive, Corporate Intellectual Property & Legal Headquarters, Canon
Kevin Jakel
Founder & CEO, Unified Patents
Masahiro Samejima
Partner Attorney/Patent Attorney, Uchida & Samejima Law Firm
Masakazu Higuchi
Assistant Professor, Institute for Integrated Cell-Material Sciences (iCeMS), Kyoto University Institute for Advanced Study (KUIAS) Founder, Atomis Inc.
Mitchell Rosenfeld
Director, San Francisco, Houlihan Lokey
Shawn Ambwani
COO, Unified Patents
Shinji Asonuma
EVP, industry-government-academia collaboration, Kyoto University
Shoei Imai
General Manager, Intellectual Property Headquarters, Fujifilm
Tatsuya Hinoki
Professor, Institute of Advanced Energy, Kyoto University
Tatsuya Nishikawa
General Manager, Corporate Intellectual Property Division, Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
Tsutomu Yamasawa
General Manager, Intellectual Property Center, OMRON
Yoshiaki Tokuda
Director, Intellectual Property Center Panasonic Corporation
Yuji Toda
Corporate Officer & General Manager, Intellectual Property Division, Hitachi, Ltd.
Atsushi Wakamiya

Associate Professor
Institute for Chemical Research
Kyoto University


B. Eng., Kyoto University
Visiting Researcher, Boston College, USA
Ph D., Kyoto University

Professional Experience:

Assistant Professor
Department of Chemistry, Graduate School of Science, Nagoya University
Associate Professor
Institute for Chemical Research, Kyoto University
Researcher, PRESTO-JST, Japan
Visiting Professor
Universiti Brunei Darussalam
Researcher, ALCA-JST, Japan
Research Leader, Kyoto University 1st Venture Incubation Program
Associate Editor of Bull. Chem. Soc. Jpn.
Co-chair, 1st Japanese-American-German Frontiers of Science Symposium (JAGFos)


The IUPAC ICOS-15 Prize (2004)
The Toso Award in Synthetic Organic Chemistry, Japan
The Young Boron Chemist Award
The Chemical Society of Japan Award for Young Chemist
The Commendation for Science and Technology by MEXT:
The Young Scientists’ Prize
The 2015 Step-up Award of Japan Association for Chemical Innovation
The Nozoe Memorial Award for Young Organic Chemists
The Innovative PV Award
(JSPS 175 Committee on Future Direction of Photovoltaics)

Research Interests:

Physical Organic Chemistry, Materials Science, Photovoltaics

Bin Sun

Dr. Bin SUN is currently Chief Legal Officer at Xiaomi, responsible for its legal affairs. She was previously Head of IP at BOE Technology, a major display manufacturer. Prior to returning China, she was with an international law firm Washington DC and Silicon Valley offices for many years.

She received her Ph.D. from University of Wisconsin-Madison USA, and her J.D. from Santa Clara University USA. Her social services include being member of Chinese National Youth Association of IP, technology expert for Beijing IP Court, and advisory expect for Beijing City, etc.

Hiroshi Kawana

Hiroshi Kawana is general manager of Intellectual Property Department at KDDI Corporation, which is providing mobile and fixed-line communications services under the brand name "au", various applications, and other services in japan and other countries.

Mr Kawana is responsible for all IP activities of the company, including IP portfolio development, licensing and litigation. He has more than 15 years’ experience in IP.

He is a registered patent attorney in Japan.

Hiroyuki Hagiwara

Mr. Hagiwara offers more than 20 years of experience in representing the world’s leading companies. He is well-recognized as the leading IP litigation expert in the industry. He also frequently advises clients in civil and criminal investigation matters relating to trade secret misappropriation, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, and alleged regulatory rules violations, Independent sources have singled him out as one of the very best in advising Japanese clients in navigating the complex cross-border dispute landscape. One source says Mr. Hagiwara “is admired for his robust approach and is deeply experienced in IP generally and U.S. patent litigation in particular” (Chambers Global). IAM Patent 1000 says of him, “Commercially canny partner Hiroyuki Hagiwara has an exceptional ability to extract the maximum value from his clients’ assets.” Another source calls Mr. Hagiwara a “Local Disputes Star” (Benchmark Litigation Asia Pacific).

Mr. Hagiwara is often engaged to speak on legal subjects in his expertise. He is a frequent lecturer at such renowned institutions as University of Washington Law School, Keio Law School, Waseda Law School, and Osaka Institute of Technology.

Hisao Yamasaki

Founder / CEO

Hisao Yamasaki, founder and managing director of Syndefense, is responsible for the overall strategic direction and management of the company. Before founding Syndefense, Mr Yamasaki served as the president of RPX Asia, a leading provider of patent risk management solutions. Before RPX, Mr Yamasaki had a distinguished 25-year career at Hitachi, Ltd a global electronics conglomerate, as general manager of IP business development and licensing, where he was responsible for business aspects of the electronics conglomerate’s IP assets, including licensing strategies and operations, and patent portfolio balancing transactions. Mr Yamasaki has several law degrees and serves as a professor at the Graduate School of Intellectual Property at the Osaka Institute of Technology in Osaka, Japan. Mr Yamasaki also serves as the president of Unified Patents Asia. Mr Yamasaki also serves as the Head of Kyoto University's Strategy and Planning Office of Society-Academia Collaboration.

James Finnegan

James Finnegan serves as Vice President, Intellectual Property Strategy at Comcast Corporation. In this role, Mr. Finnegan provides direction and resources to utilize Comcast’s significant intellectual property assets to support the business objectives of the company.

Prior to joining Comcast in 2007, he served as Vice President, Intellectual Property, at Qimonda AG in Munich, Germany. He has also served in various consulting roles to major communications and electronics firms. Finnegan also spent 17 years at AT&T and Lucent Technologies as a leading contributor to their intellectual property business. He held various senior roles related to international cross-licensing, patent portfolio optimization, standards patent licensing, and business planning. He began his career in semiconductor engineering for AT&T.

He has spoken at various venues on the value of intellectual property including the Licensing Executive Society’s Annual Meeting and IP100 Executive Forum, and the US National Academies’ Board on Science, Technology and Economic Policy. Finnegan holds an M.B.A from Lehigh University, where he also earned a Master’s Degree and a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering.

Kenichi Nagasawa

Kenichi Nagasawa was appointed to the Head of the Intellectual Property and Legal Headquarters, Canon Inc. in April 2010.
After graduating from the Department of Engineering of Doshisya University, Mr. Nagasawa joined Canon Inc. in 1981 and he has been engaged in Intellectual Property Division since then.

After many experience in patent prosecution, Mr. Nagasawa was loan to Canon Europe Ltd. from 2001 to 2006 as a Head of Intellectual Property Group. During his stay in Europe, he established IP management system for Canon’s affiliates in Europe, Russia, Africa and the Middle East. Having served as Senior General Manager of Intellectual Property Technology Center for 2 years from 2006, Mr. Nagasawa was transferred to Canon U.S.A. Inc. as a Head of Intellectual Property Division from 2008 to February 2010. After returning, Mr. Nagasawa served as the Director, Member of the Board, and in March 2016, Mr.Nagasawa became a Managing Executive Officer of Canon Inc..

Mr. Nagasawa serves as a member of Committee on Intellectual Property of Keidanren, and serves as a member of the Evaluation, Planning and Verification Committee of the Government’s Intellectual Property Strategy Headquarters from November 2013, and serves as the President of the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI) of Japan, where he has made contribution to the progress of AIPPI Japan’s presence. Also, in February 2017, he became a board member of Licensing Executives Society (LES) Japan,

Mr. Nagaswa also serves as a member of several Intellectual Property subcommittees of METI Industrial Structure Council, and has been a speaker at several universities, law schools and professional graduate schools giving lectures about his experiences for fostering IP human resources.

In 2015, Mr.Nagasawa was officially commended of “Commissioner of the Japan Patent Office Awards” of “Intellectual Property Achievement Awards” by Japan Patent Office.

Kevin Jakel

Founder / CEO

Kevin Jakel is Founder and CEO of Unified Patents. Prior to founding Unified Patents, Kevin served as Intuit’s Head of IP Litigation. Kevin previously practiced as a patent litigator with Kaye Scholer LLP and Howrey LLP and advised clients on intellectual property strategy, litigation and patent prosecution. Kevin began his career in IP as a patent examiner at the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. Kevin has a JD from George Washington University Law School and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from UCLA

Masahiro Samejima

He graduated at Tokyo Institute of Technology. He started his career as an engineer at Fujikura Ltd. in 1985, where he researched and developed metallurgical materials of electric cable. He passed Patent Attorney Examination in 1991 and joined IBM Japan as a patent attorney in 1992. He passed the Bar Examination in 1996 and joined the Legal Training and Research Institute in 1997.

In 2004, he founded Uchida & Samejima Law Firm with Hiroshi Uchida. He currently focuses on providing intellectual property management consultation to technology corporations and on making proposals to intellectual policy, as well as practicing patent litigation.

He was awarded for "JPO Intellectual Property Award" by Japan Patent Office in 2012. A very famous fictional patent attorney Kamiya appeared in “Shitamachi-rocket’ (popular novel and TV drama) was modeled on Samejima.

Masakazu Higuchi PhD.

Assistant Professor of Kyoto University Institute for Advanced Study
Founder of Atomis Inc.


Undergraduate School of Industrial Chemistry, Kyoto University
Graduate Student
Department of Molecular Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering, Kyoto University


Researcher (Industry-Government-Academia Collaboration)
International Innovation Center, Kyoto University
Department of Synthetic Chemistry and Biological Chemistry, Graduate School of Engineering, Kyoto University
Quantum Order Research Group, Spatial Order Research Team, Harima Institute, RIKEN
Program-Specific Assistant Professor
Department of Chemical System Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo
Program-Specific Assistant Professor
2013-2017: JST PREST “Hyper-nano-space design toward Innovative Functionality”


Foundation of Atomis Inc.
Mitchell Rosenfeld

Director, San Francisco, Houlihan Lokey

Mr. Rosenfeld is a Director at Houlihan Lokey in the Tech+IP Advisory practice. Prior to joining Houlihan Lokey, Mr. Rosenfeld was a Managing Director at Black Stone IP, a boutique investment bank focused on valuing and trading Tech+IP assets, which was acquired by Houlihan Lokey in 2017.

He has over 25 years of patent experience, representing clients ranging from Fortune 50 companies to Silicon Valley startups, with an emphasis on litigation, portfolio evaluation, complex licensing and sales transactions, and development and implementation of patent licensing campaigns.

Mr. Rosenfeld holds a B.S., cum laude, in Physics from Duke University and a J.D. from George Washington University. He is a member of the California State Bar and is registered to practice before the USPTO.

He has been named by Intellectual Asset Management Magazine as one of the IAM Strategy 300 – The World’s Leading IP Strategists every year since 2011.

B.S. Duke University
J.D. George Washington University
PAST. Black Stone IP

Shawn Ambwani

COO / SVP Legal / Co-Founder

Shawn Ambwani is COO and co-founder of Unified Patents. He is responsible for running Unified’s operations, counsel & docket management, analytics, and marketing. He has co-authored papers on PTAB analytics and procedures which have been published in law reviews affiliated with the University of Chicago and Northwestern among others. A full list of his contributions can be found here. Most recently, Shawn was VP of Licensing and Business Development at Intertrust Technologies, Inc. responsible for patent and technology licensing programs with over $500 million in revenue. Prior to that he served as EVP at Nextreaming (KOSDAQ) and co-founded Envivio (NASDAQ; ENVI). Shawn has a JD/MBA from Boston University and a BS in Mathematics from UCLA. He is an active member of the California Bar.

Shinji Asonuma


Executive Vice President for Industry-Government-Academia
Collaboration, Kyoto University
Senior Adviser, Center for iPS Cell Research and Application,
Kyoto University

Educational History:

Graduated from Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan
Faculty of Economics (BA in Economics awarded in March 1974)

Professional History:

Employee, Ministry of Welfare
Employee temporarily assigned to Tokushima Prefectural
Resident Official, Japan External Trade Organization New York
Center, New York, U.S.
Accountant General, Minister’s Secretariat, Ministry of Health,
Labour and Welfare
Councilor for Health Insurance and Health Policy, Minister’s
Secretariat, Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare
Director-General,Pharmaceutical and Food Safety Bureau, Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare
Director-General, Minister’s Secretariat, Ministry of Health,
Labour, and Welfare
Director-General, Health and Welfare Bureau for the Elderly,
Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare
Director-General, Social Welfare and War Victims’ Relief Bureau,
Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare
Director-General, Health Policy Bureau, Ministry of Health,
Labour and Welfare
Administrative Vice-Minister, Ministry of Health, Labour and
Senior Adviser, Center for iPS Cell Research and Application,
Kyoto University
Executive Vice President for Industry-Government-Academia
Collaboration, Kyoto University
Shoei Imai

General Manager of Intellectual Property Headquarters, FUJIFILM Corporation.
Graduated from the University of Electro-Communications in 1981. In the same year, he joined Hitachi, Ltd. He is engaged in patent prosecution work at Intellectual Property Headquarters.
In 1989, he joined to Nippon Steel Corporation and organized intellectual property team from zero at Electronics Department of Nippon Steel. He experienced all the work related to intellectual property. Also he negotiated a license with an overseas semiconductor company as Nippon Steel's semiconductor business enters.
In 1999, following the withdrawal of Nippon Steel's LSI business, he moved to Fuji Photo Film Co. ltd. During the period when Fujifilm made significant structural reforms from photo business to new business, He worked actively in technical negotiations, M & A, contracts, disputes and lawsuits, etc. at the Intellectual Property Legal Department.
In 2013 he promoted to general manager of Intellectual Property Legal Department and from 2016 he became general manager of Intellectual Property Headquarters responsible for all intellectual property issues in FUJIFILM Group.

Outside activities
・Leader of JIPA License Committee.
・Leader of JBMIA Anti-Counterfeiting Committee.
・Leader of Japan Trademark Association Anti-Counterfeiting Committee.
 He experienced talks with the customs officials in China and Taiwan about seizures counterfeiting products.

・Committee member of the International Intellectual Property System of the Ministry of Economy on 2016,

Tatsuya Hinoki

Tatsuya Hinoki graduated and was granted Ph. D in energy science from Kyoto University, Japan, 2001. He had worked on R&D of SiC ceramics and SiC/SiC composites for nuclear application including refractory armor coating in 2001 through 2003 at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA as postdoctoral researcher. He has worked on R&D of ceramics and ceramic matrix composites for advanced nuclear energy system including assembly joining technique for SiC/SiC composites and for aerospace application since 2003 at Institute of Advanced Energy, Kyoto University as lecturer in 2003 through 2006 and as associate professor since 2006. He is member of several Japanese academic societies and committee and member of the American Ceramic Society. He is responsible for several national and international research projects. Over 100 scientific papers as author or co-author are published.

Selected publications
1) S. Kondo, T. Hinoki, M. Nonaka, K. Ozawa, “Irradiation-induced shrinkage of highly crystalline SiC fibers,” ACTA MATERIALIA, 83 (2015) 1-9.
2) T. Hinoki, Y. Katoh, L.L. Snead, H. Jung, K. Ozawa, H. Katsui, Z. Zhong, S. Kondo, Y. Park, C. Shih, C.M. Parish, R.A. Meisner and A. Hasegawa, “Silicon Carbide and Silicon Carbide Composites for Fusion Reactor Application,” Materials Transactions, 54[4] (2013) 472-76.
3) K. Shimoda, T. Hinoki, A. Kohyama, “Effect of additive content on transient liquid phase sintering in SiC nanopowder infiltrated SiC(f)/SiC composites,” COMPOSITES SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, 71[5] (2011) 609-15.

Tatsuya Nishikawa

General Manager, Corporate Intellectual Property Division, Honda Motor Co., Ltd.

26+years of experience with Honda R&D and Honda Motor from 1991
・1991 Patent application, investigation, litigation management and other IP related experience at Honda R&D Patent division
・2014 Head of Patent & Trademark Department
Automobile IP Office, Intellectual Property Division
Honda Motor Co., Ltd
・2015 Head of Automobile IP Office, Intellectual Property Division
Honda Motor Co., Ltd.

Committee Member Committee of Intellectual Property
Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association, Inc.

Tsutomu Yamasawa

Mr. Tsutomu Yamasawa is the general manager of Intellectual Property Center of OMRON Corporation.

After studying biotechnology at Osaka University, he joined OMRON Institute of Life Science in 1981 and engaged in research and development of medical devices such as blood pressure monitor.

He moved to OMRON Healthcare Corporation in 2003 and posted to Shanghai China for planning medical products including blood glucose meter.

He has been in the intellectual property field since 2008 and is managing portfolios of intellectual properties of OMRON Group globally.

Yoshiaki Tokuda


Patent Attorney (Japan)


Intellectual Property Center Panasonic Corporation




Yoshiaki Tokuda, Director of Intellectual Property Center, Panasonic Corporation since April 2017. He is responsible for whole IP issues in Panasonic Group.
Since 2013, he had been leading global IP strategy in Panasonic group as General Manager of Strategy Office/Department in Intellectual Property Center of Panasonic Corporation with his practical expertise and extensive business experience. In 1989, after graduating from Kyoto University, he joined Panasonic starting in headquarters engaging in wide range of IP activities including patent prosecution, licensing, litigation etc. In 1997, he moved to Panasonic Mobile Communications Co., Ltd.  Until 2013 he had made much contribution to Panasonic mobile phone business through IP negotiations and contracts with competitors worldwide. He also has promoted his professional expertise outside of Panasonic group. From 1990 to 1991, he conducted research for IP system in the US and Europe in residence at the Institute of Intellectual Property, a general incorporated institution founded by Japanese government. From 1995 to 1997, he resided at a law firm in New York.

Yuji Toda

Education :

Master of Intellectual Property, University of New Hampshire, School of Law (formerly known as Franklin Pierce Law Center)
Bachelor of Engineering in Electronics, University of Electro–Communications

Work Experience :

Apr.2017 - present
Corporate Officer & General Manager of Intellectual Property Division, Hitachi, Ltd.
Oct.2011 - Mar.2017
Deputy General Manager of Intellectual Property Division, Hitachi, Ltd.
Apr.2007 - Mar.2009
General Manager of IP Business Division, Intellectual Property Group, Hitachi, Ltd.
Apr.2004 - Mar.2007
President, Hitachi Techno-Information Services, Ltd.
Apr. 2001 - Mar.2003
Department Manager of Patent Department VII, Hitachi, Ltd.
Apr.1982 -
Joined Hitachi, Ltd.

Others :

Government member of committee, Secretariat of Intellectual Property Strategy Headquarters, Cabinet Office
Government member of patent committee, Industrial Structure Council
Chairman, Legal and Intellectual Property Rights Committee, Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries Association
Lecturer, Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology
Lecturer, Nagoya Institute of Technology
Managing Director, Japan Intellectual Property Association
Lecturer, Tokyo University of Science

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