Intellectual Property Services for Japanese Companies

For nearly 50 years, Venable attorneys have been providing intellectual property legal services to Japanese companies and assisting them in addressing the intellectual property challenges and opportunities they encounter in the United States.

We understand the intricacies facing Japanese companies seeking to expand their business in the United States, and have fostered strong connections and developed partnerships with many Japanese clients through the years. We have a deep understanding of the business and cultural issues that Japanese companies confront when doing business in the United States.

Our firm counts many Japanese companies among its clients in diverse industries, such as semiconductors, software, consumer products, heavy industries, manufacturing, chemicals, energy, pharmaceuticals, and biotechnology, and can leverage both cultural and technical acumen to navigate issues related to intellectual property rights.

Our comprehensive intellectual property services have been top-rated by key publications, including Tier 1 rankings from U.S. News & World Report and high marks within Chambers USA. To highlight some of the numbers where we shine: Venable was named Technology Law Firm of the Year for 2017 by U.S. News – Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms." Our lawyers have been listed in the top 20 U.S. trademark filers by World Trademark Review, and in the top 10 in obtaining U.S. trademark registrations by Intellectual Property Today, and we have been involved in approximately 10 percent of all recent ITC investigations. Our intellectual property attorneys are consistently highly ranked by The Best Lawyers in America, Chambers USA, IAM Patent 100, IP Stars, Legal 500, and World Trademark Review, among other rankings.

We have the capacity to protect and make the most of your intellectual property assets and rights in the United States. Lawyers on our team provide focused and effective counsel to Japanese companies in all areas of intellectual property law, including:

  • Patent, trademark, and copyright prosecution and registration
  • Patent, trademark, and copyright litigation in the U.S. district courts and the U.S. appellate courts, before the International Trade Commission, and in various international arbitration venues 
  • General intellectual property licensing and counseling, including opinions and due diligence

At the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, our patent practitioners are well versed in patent prosecution, including reexaminations and reissues, and post-grant proceedings, including inter partes reviews. Many of our patent practitioners have advanced degrees. Our trademark practitioners are well versed in trademark prosecution and post-grant proceedings at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Our IP litigators have a broad range of technical and nontechnical degrees and provide the comprehensive experience necessary to effectively resolve complicated disputes. Our intellectual property attorneys also work with attorneys in other practices to provide comprehensive legal services to Japanese companies, including in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, international tax, finance, banking, antitrust, commercial litigation, bankruptcy, and real estate.

Science and Technical Degrees

  • Applied molecular biology
  • Astronomy-physics
  • Biochemistry
  • Biological sciences
  • Chemical engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Computer engineering
  • Computer science
  • Economics
  • Electrical engineering
  • Management information
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular biology
  • Molecular genetics
  • Molecular parasitology
  • Natural science
  • Organic chemistry
  • Physics


  • Ranked in U.S. News-Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms"
    • Tier 1 Litigation – Intellectual Property (DC), 2012 - 2020
    • Tier 1 Litigation – Patent (DC), 2012 - 2020
    • Tier 1 Litigation – Intellectual Property (New York), 2020
    • Tier 1 Litigation – Patent (New York), 2020
    • Tier 1 Litigation – Intellectual Property (National), 2020
    • Tier 1 Litigation – Patent (National), 2020
    • Tier 2 Litigation – Intellectual Property (National), 2012 - 2019
    • Tier 2 Litigation – Patent (National), 2012 - 2019
  • Highly ranked in Chambers USA
    • Intellectual Property: Patent Prosecution (DC) 
    • Intellectual Property: Trademark, Copyright and Trade Secrets (DC)
    • Intellectual Property: Patent (NY)
  • Recognized in World Trademark Review 1000 – The World's Leading Trademark Professionals, Prosecution & Strategy and Enforcement & Litigation, DC, 2012 - 2018
  • Named Technology Law Firm of the Year by U.S. News-Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms," 2017