Tomoe Takahashi

Tomoe Takahashi


Email [email protected]​

Phone +81 3 5157 8259

Fax +81 3 5157 8210

LanguagesJapanese, English

Practice groupIntellectual Property, Media, and Technology

Tomoe is talented. She meets all my criteria – quick responses; helpful, proper and accurate legal advice; and something extra useful that can be provided by a counsel.

World Trademark Review 1000, 2021

Tomoe Takahashi is an experienced intellectual property lawyer known for providing clients with practical, commercially oriented advice tailored to their specific needs and interests.

With extensive international experience, including qualifications in three different countries, Tomoe has lived and worked in Tokyo, the United Kingdom, Spain, and New Zealand, and regularly advises clients on multijurisdictional issues. The depth of her experience makes her the trusted adviser of choice for many Japanese and multi-national clients, and she is frequently asked to travel to client offices around the world to audit their global IP portfolios.

Tomoe’s practice largely focuses on multijurisdictional trademark enforcement and portfolio management. She advises domestic and international clients on a variety of trademark issues, including enforcement of trademark rights through criminal and civil litigation, and with various enforcement authorities, advising on anti-counterfeiting measures, filing and prosecuting trademark applications, conducting trademark clearance searches, and structuring stronger intellectual property portfolios around the world.

Tomoe also counsels clients on intellectual property issues arising from merger and acquisition transactions, including negotiating and drafting intellectual property contracts, as well as trademark due diligence. In conjunction with her M&A colleagues, she has advised on a variety of transactions spanning a broad range of industries including the automotive, consumer electronics, cosmetics, food and beverages, gaming, chemical, and energy industries.

Tomoe’s clients also seek her counsel on product safety and compliance issues that may arise in the product life cycle, such as product safety regulations, labelling, and product recalls, including those relating to manufacturing, supply chains, distribution, marketing, and end-users. Tomoe draws upon her extensive intellectual property experience and her international background to provide her clients with innovative solutions to their most complex multijurisdictional issues.

Awards and recognitions

2018, 2019, 2020 & 2021

Leading individual in Japan for Prosecution and Strategy
World Trademark Review 1000


Next Generation Partner (Gaiben) in Japan for IP (International)
Legal 500 Asia-Pacific


Rising Star in Intellectual Property
Legal 500 Asia-Pacific

2020, 2021 & 2022

Top 250 Women in IP
Managing Intellectual Property IP Stars

2020, 2021 & 2022

Trademark Star in Japan
Managing Intellectual Property IP Stars


Next Generation Foreign Lawyer in Japan for IP (International)
Legal 500 Asia-Pacific

2017 & 2019

Rising Star in Trademark
Euromoney's Expert Guides

Education and admissions


LL.B, with honors, Victoria University of Wellington

Bar admissions and qualifications

Japan - Daiichi Tokyo Bar Association (Gaikokuho Jimu Bengoshi)

Solicitor, England and Wales

Republic of Ireland

New Zealand

Representative experience

Advising clients on how to structure and implement brand protection strategies, including conducting regular audits of brand portfolios and presenting various internal seminars to raise awareness of the importance of brands within the companies.

Advising on the IP related aspects of various joint venture transactions, including trademark due diligence, the creation of new brands, negotiating license or assignment agreements, and the transfer of intellectual property to the new entity.

Advising a Japanese electronics manufacturer on its potential global rebranding of its key business unit, including conducting searches of multiple candidate marks in multiple classes in over 100 different jurisdictions.

Advising a Japanese confectionary manufacturer on its actions against bad faith filers and its anti-counterfeiting efforts in China, through a combination of civil and administrative litigation, opposition and invalidation actions.

Advising a Japanese medical devices manufacturer on domain name registration and renewal, and global trademark portfolio management, including clearance searches, applications, and registrations.

Advising a Japanese consumer electronics company on its strategic global response to bad faith users of its marks, including various litigations, oppositions, cancellation and invalidation actions worldwide.

Advising on damages caused by malfunction of licensed products, and managing relevant procedures with the European regulatory authorities.

Advising on product regulations and labeling regarding cosmetics and food products worldwide.

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