Nishimura & Asahi has been ranked at the highest level in Japan for both “prosecution and strategy” and “enforcement and litigation” categories, and our lawyers have been identified as experts in their respective practice areas, by the 2020 edition of World Trademark Review 1000 - The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals, published by Law Business Research, London, UK.

According to World Trademark Review: “Gold-rated Nishimura & Asahi excels in both trademark prosecution and enforcement. Unreservedly recommended by foreign associates and patrons, the general law firm is one of the biggest in Japan and [is] ‘strong in all fields, with many experienced practitioners’.”

World Trademark Review’s commentary goes on to say about our lawyers that: “The personable and reliable Hitomi Iwase oversees the trademark department. ‘You can always count on Hitomi to deliver timely and thought-through advice.’ Making up the wide array of in-house experts are Makoto Shiotani and Nobuhiro Nakayama - a renowned IT practitioner formerly from Kyowa Patent Office and a professor emeritus at the University of Tokyo, respectively.”

Individuals: enforcement and litigation
 Hitomi Iwase

Individuals: prosecution and strategy
 Hitomi Iwase   Makoto Shiotani

 Nobuhiro Nakayama   Masashi Kurose