Professionals

Ms. Hitomi Iwase is a partner at Nishimura & Asahi specializing in the areas of IP (intellectual property) and IT (information technology). She handles patents, copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets and other IP/IT related matters in multiple business sectors, including IT, life sciences and healthcare, machinery, food, fashion, environment and energy, entertainment, financial services, and e-commerce. Ms. Iwase’s expertise encompasses all forms of IP/IT transactional work, both cross-border and domestic, including licensing, strategic alliances, joint development, and asset transfers, as well as various types of IP/IT disputes and advising on the development of IP portfolios and prosecution strategies. Ms. Iwase also extensively advises on related areas such as data security, privacy, cybersecurity, e-commerce, advertising, and consumer protection. She was recognized in Who’s Who Legal: Japan (Patents) in 2014-2016.

Recent activities

9/2019

World Trademark Review Global Leaders

Awards

7/2019

Highly recommended: IAM Patent 1000 2019

Awards

2/2019

Nishimura & Asahi “sits at the apex” of WTR 1000 rankings for Japan

Awards

Education

2003
Stanford Law School (LL.M.)
1994
Waseda University (LL.B.)

Professional experience

2018 -
Lecturer, Hitotsubashi University, Graduate School of International Corporate Strategy (ICS)
2003 - 2004
Visiting Scholar, The George Washington University Law School
1997 - 2000
SAH & Co., Tokyo