is a patent attorney and a partner at the firm. His practice primarily focuses on patent prosecution, patent litigation, and patent-related trials before the JPO. Since he joined TMI 15 years ago, he has handled over 50 patent infringement litigations involving a wide variety of technologies such as semiconductor devices, electromechanical components, LEDs, telecommunications, information technology, software, medical devices, etc, for both domestic and foreign clients. Mr Sato also utilises his intensive experience in the patent litigation area to provide effective representation to clients in patent licensing negotiations. He heads TMI’s Silicon Valley office, supporting US law firms and companies who need legal services in Japan, in areas such as patent disputes, prosecutions and transactions.