Bengoshi Boost for IP team at Hogan Lovells Tokyo

26 February 2016 - Hogan Lovells is further strengthening its market-leading Japanese domestic patent capability with the hire of Japanese law qualified 'Bengoshi' practitioner Hiroto Imai, who joins the firm next week.

A well-established IP practitioner with a particular focus on litigation services, Hiroto's extensive experience of patent matters spans a range of sectors, including pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and telecommunications. In addition his corporate practice includes advising on Japanese company law, labour and employment law, product liability, and personal data protection law.
Hiroto has additional qualifications in engineering and is also a qualified Japanese patent attorney (Benrishi).

Andreas von Falck, global head of IP, media and technology at Hogan Lovells, said:
"Hiroto's scientific background, Japanese law general and patent qualifications of Bengoshi and Benrishi, and international experience, make him a fantastic addition to our IP team.

He will strengthen our Japanese domestic IP capability, which is considered to be market-leading among global firms. He is also a great addition to our global patent practice, which counts a cross section of the world's most innovative corporations as its clients. We warmly welcome him to Hogan Lovells."

Hiroto Imai said:
"The broad reach of Hogan Lovells' IP practice, and its superb reputation among global law firms in Japan, is a perfect fit for my domestic and international work.

"I look forward to working with the team in Tokyo and further afield to enhance the firm's highly-regarded services for complex domestic and international IP matters."
Hiroto joins Hogan Lovells from Abe, Wada & Watanabe, where he has been a partner since 2004. He previously worked for Freshfields in Tokyo and London

Also joining the firm's Tokyo office next week is Yoshiki Abe, former founding partner of Abe Wada Watanabe. Yoshiki is a highly-respected Bengoshi with over 40 years' experience who specialises in cross-border transactions, intellectual property, corporate, labour and employment, and dispute resolution.

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