Strong Fields

Tanigawa and Partners' strong fields cover patent procurement procedures including filing of patent applications and prosecutions in the fields of biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, diagnostic agents, agriculture, stockbreeding, foods and beverages and chemistry.

Representative Patent Attorney
Patent Attorney (8854) Hidejiro TANIGAWA

Career Summary

  • Graduated from the Department of Biology, the Faculty of Science, Osaka University.
  • Worked in a pharmaceutical safety assessment team of a trading company specialized in chemical products.
  • Worked for a major patent firm.
  • Passed the Patent Attorney Examination and registered as patent attorney in 1982. Left the patent firm (Tanigawa was the head of biochemistry department when he left the firm) and went to the United States. Stayed with Birch, Stewart, Kolasch & Birch (BSKB) in the suburbs of Washington D.C. and received private lessons from American patent attorneys.Participated in various seminars. Finished a USPTO Patent Academy program.
  • Returned to Japan and found Tanigawa and Partners in Iidabashi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo in 1986.
  •  Lecturer at the "Chemistry and Biotechnology," a specialized course at Toray Patent Translation School from 2006 to 2014.
  • Lecturer at Antibody Patent Seminar organized by Technical Information Institute Co., Ltd. in 2007 (three times).
  •  Lecturer at short-term collective training seminar organized by the National Agriculture and Food Research Organization from 2006 to 2007.
  •  Lecturer at an e-Learning course "Writing patent description in chemical and bio-industry fields" from 2013 to 2017.
  • Lecturer at specialized courses organized by Japan Patent Trans, Inc from 2014 to the present.

Partner
Patent Attorney (15538) HONDA Ayano

Career Summary

  • Graduated from the Faculty of Agriculture, Tohoku University.
  • Master's degree, Graduate School of Agricultural Science (Life Science), Tohoku University.
  • Research assistant at a public research institute.
  •  Joined Tanigawa and Associates in 2005.
  •  Passed the Patent Attorney Examination and registered as patent attorney in 2007.
  • Registered with supplementary note of specific infringement lawsuit counsel in 2013.

Patent Attorney (18638) Yumiko Kitakaze

Career Summary

  • Graduated from Department of Petrochemistry, Faculty of Engineering, Kyoto University.
  • Master's degree, Department of Petrochemistry, Kyoto University Graduate School of Engineering.
  • Worked for the intellectual property department of a major chemical company.
  • Passed the Patent Attorney Examination in 2004.
  • Joined Japan Patent Trans, Inc. in 2007, and worked as a patent translator.
  • Joined Tanigawa and Partners, and registered as a patent attorney in 2013.
  •  Lecturer at "Basic Technology in Chemistry" course organized by Japan Patent Trans, Inc from 2014 to the present.
  • Registered with supplementary note of specific infringement lawsuit counsel in 2017.

History

1986 1986 Tanigawa and Associates was founded in, Iidabashi 4-chome, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo.
2012 The office moved to the present location.
2013 The firm was reorganized as Tanigawa and Partners, Patent Firm.