Contact us by phone
+81-6-6373-4106
Contact us by phone
+81-6-6373-4106

Our staff

Supporting your intellectual property protection through our experience and technical knowledge.

Shiro Nakajima

IT and communications
Role: Representative

With a systematic understanding of clients’ technologies, we can obtain broad patent protections while also providing a fast and attentive service.

【Career】
Graduated from Doshisha University, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Electronic Engineering in 1971. After engaging in research and development for an electronics manufacturer and working at a patent office (primarily applications, prosecution, and appraisal of electronic technology), founded Nakajima International Patent Office in 1983, which later became Nakajima & Associates IP Firm. Involved in patent applications and prosecution in fields such as digital communications, cryptographic communications, communication protocols, computer architecture, information processing, electronic devices, lighting technologies, and batteries.

【Specialization】
Electronics, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering

【Registration】
Registered as a patent attorney in 1983

Yasuhiro Nakajima

IT and communications
Role: Partner

Opening the way even under restricted circumstances, I will find the optimum solutions for our clients.

【Career】
Graduated from Shibaura Institute of Technology, College of Engineering, Department of Communications Engineering. Engaged by a home electronics manufacturer for design and maintenance of embedded programs. Joined Nakajima International Patent Office in 1993. Mainly responsible for patent applications and prosecution related to DVD, SD, BD data structures, compilation technology such as optimization and resource allocation, computer hardware, image processing, and image recognition. Qualified as a Telecommunications Chief Engineer (transmission and switching) in 2008.

【Specialization】
Information communication, recording media, image processing, image recognition, computer hardware and software.

【Registration】
Registered as a patent attorney in 2011 (No. 17486)

Taichi Itoh

Electronics and machinery
Role: Partner

Utilizing my experience in corporate intellectual property development, I work to acquire useful rights for client’s businesses through close cooperation and dialogue with our clients.

【Career】
Graduated from Kobe University, Graduate School of Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering. Worked on mechanism and control development of color printers at Panasonic Corporation. Engaged in acquiring domestic and international patent rights, licensing, litigation, contracts, appraisal and management of intellectual properties in display and healthcare fields in the intellectual property department. Joined Nakajima & Associates IP Firm in 2012, and mainly involved in patent applications and prosecution related to display devices medical imaging diagnostic equipment, and lighting. Became a partner in 2016.

【Specialization and services】
Machinery, electronics, display devices, controls, semiconductor optical devices ,medical imaging diagnostic devices, and image forming devices. Patent applications and prosecution, judgments, IP litigation, appraisals, licensing, and IP strategy support

【Registration】
Registered as a patent attorney in 2008 (No. 15732), and registered as a procedural attorney for infringement of intellectual property rights in 2010.

Makoto Nakao

IT and communications

Providing high quality service through accurate understanding of the results of research and development.

【Career】
Graduated from the University of Tokyo, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Materials Engineering. Engaged in design and maintenance of transmissions and exchanges for a telecommunications carrier. Qualified as a Chief Telecommunications Engineer (Transmission and Switching, Line) in 2004, First Grade Technical Radio Operator for On-The-Ground Services in 2005. Engaged in maintenance of sample (blood, etc.) handling systems for a medical equipment manufacturer. Joined Nakajima & Associates IP Firm in 2011. Mainly responsible for patent applications, prosecution, and appraisal related to information appliances, networking, display devices, medical imaging diagnostic equipment, and lighting.

【Specialization】
Information processing, display, semiconductor optical devices, and medical imaging diagnostic devices

【Registration】
Registered as a patent attorney in 2012 (No. 17951)

Hisako Mukai

Trademarks and Designs

Working hard to provide the best possible service in acquiring and protecting valuable trademarks.

【Career】
Graduated from Kwansei Gakuin University, School of Law & Politics, Department of Law. Joined Nakajima & Associates IP Firm in 2007. Mainly responsible for trademark applications and prosecution.

【Specialization】
Trademark related business such as trademark applications, prosecution, appraisals, and investigations

【Registration】
Registered as a patent attorney in 2004 (No. 13395), and registered as a procedural attorney for infringement of intellectual property rights in 2007.

McBride Benedict

Translation

We aim to provide the best possible translation service with a detailed understanding of technology.

【Career】
Graduated from Warwick University, School of Life Sciences, Department of Biological Sciences. Engaged as an English teacher and area leader at a language school company. Joined Nakajima & Associates IP Firm in 2013. Mainly responsible for translation and translation quality control of patent applications and related communications.

【Certification】
Japanese-Language Proficiency Test level N1