We provide clients with sophisticated strategies and command of cultural nuances that are essential for Japanese companies looking to unlock opportunities in the US market.

Your Gateway Counsel™
Arent Fox is a go-to patent firm for Japanese companies with a US footprint. Our patent practice has its origins in a Japanese boutique firm that merged with Arent Fox nearly two decades ago. As a result, the “back office” at our firm includes dedicated staff for docketing, formalities, and other specialized patent prosecution functions, in addition to the standard secretarial support for our attorneys and agents. We have often secunded attorneys with our clients, so they can better understand their company and culture.

In addition to these services, we are a destination shop for Japanese companies in every area of intellectual property and corporate transactional work. When necessary, we collaborate with a select network of premier foreign counsel and connect clients with top experts throughout Japan.

Our Focus
Our team frequently advises clients in the automotive, technology, and telecommunications sectors.

International Compliance & Dispute Resolution

  • Anti-corruption counseling and compliance
  • World Bank compliance monitorship
 

Regulatory & Government Affairs

  • Labeling and advertisement restrictions/compliance
  • National advertisement review boards
  • Analysis and risk assessments on product claims
  • Data security, collection and use
  • Marketing strategies and promotions

International Transactions

  • Corporate
 

Intellectual Property

  • Patent portfolio management
  • Trademark enforcement
  • Licensing and assignment
  • Litigation and dispute resolution
  • Counterfeit and Gray Market goods investigation and seizure

 

OURWORK
We work extensively on the patent portfolio for a Japanese, multinational IT company, including on mobile communications, data security, and software and hardware technologies.
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We oversee worldwide IP enforcement for a Japanese multinational conglomerate that is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of autos, aircraft, motorcycles, and power equipment.
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We help Japanese clients navigate US regulations and represent their interests in complex litigation when it arises.
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Our team works extensively with a network infrastructure and telecommunications company on a wide range of counseling, including transactional and pre-litigation issues.
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Arent Fox works on strategic patent matters and protects innovative technologies for a global leader in the design, manufacture, and supply of advanced electronic materials.
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Our IP team, acting as co-counsel to Olympus America Inc. and Olympus Medical Systems Corp., won invalidity rulings against two patents before the USPTO.
Practices
Immigration
International Trade
International Transactions
Patent
Privacy, Cybersecurity & Data Protection
Trademark
Industries
Fashion Law: Luxury Goods, Designer Brands & Retail
Life Sciences

Our group helps international clients with privacy, cybersecurity, and data protection, particularly in regulated spaces such as health care and telecommunications and sophisticated industries including retail, gaming, and entertainment and media.

We counsel on international data transfers and keep clients abreast of international developments such as EU Data Protection laws and Safe Harbor frameworks. 

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Arent Fox’s immigration practice regularly deals with issues relating to obtaining authorization to live and work in the United States through immigrant and nonimmigrant visas.
We provide advice and representation on questions related to United States immigration and nationality law and procedure, assist clients in implementing IRCA or I-9 compliance programs, conduct due diligence audits in the context of mergers and acquisitions, and provide foreign visa assistance.
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We advise clients from across the globe on cross-border matters, including customs/import compliance, global trade policy, international trade litigation, and export controls and economic sanctions.

In addition to leveraging the skills of our attorneys in our US offices, the international trade group oversees a network of foreign correspondent counsel, upon which we routinely calls to assist clients in local matters in foreign countries.

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We advise domestic and foreign companies in all aspects of cross-border transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, finance, licensing, foreign investment, franchise, and distribution relationships.
that can affect cross-border transactions (whether it be CFIUS controls on foreign investment in sensitive industries, or compliance with US export or anti-corruption rules), and which is frequently required in order to complete proper due diligence.
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A large and complicated patent portfolio may be viewed as a nuisance and financial burden unless one fully understands and knows how to make use of it properly. Arent Fox attorneys can provide strategic guidance with both.
Our attorneys also assist non-US clients in obtaining US patents, while providing practical advice to advance their business goals. Our clients include individual inventors, start-ups, small private companies, and large international businesses. We understand technology in the automotive, computer, software, telecommunications, green energy, pharmaceutical, biotechnology and chemistry sectors.
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Our trademark professionals serve hundreds of clients with international needs and are dedicated to protecting and exploiting our clients’ IP in global markets. We are currently responsible for more than 46,000 active trademark applications and registrations worldwide.
More specifically, we are responsible for more than 11,900 marks in North America, 7,500 marks in South America, 8,500 marks in Europe, and 14,000 marks in Asia. We are also responsible for more than 1,600 marks in Australia and more than 2,500 marks in Africa and the Middle East.
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In an increasingly globalized and Internet-based economy, designers and retailers face unique competitive challenges, making it especially important to retain counsel who know the industry.

We have represented fashion houses on all aspects of these proceedings and in working within the very complex rules relating to country of origin and valuation (including the so-called “first sale rule”).

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We protect and manage breakthrough life sciences products and services for companies around the globe. Arent Fox understands the competitive environments and the underlying technologies and confidentiality issues associated with life sciences products and research.

We help our clients manage the entire product life cycle, from scientific breakthrough, through product development and production, to global marketing and distribution.

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Arent Fox LLP, founded in 1942, is internationally recognized in core practice areas where business and government intersect. With more than 400 lawyers in Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, and Washington, DC, the firm provides strategic legal counsel and multidisciplinary solutions to clients that range from Fortune 500 corporations to trade associations.

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