Practice Areas

HOMEPractice AreasIntellectual Property

Main areas of practice

Brand Protection

MMN's anti-counterfeiting and brand management practice protects the brands of our clients against acts of unfair competition and patent/design infringement and enforces trademarks and copyrights. We devise and administer customized and comprehensive anti-infringement campaigns. In recent years, “overseas originating” and “digital” aspects of fashion brand infringement have increased. In order to effectively address such infringement, our attorneys implement various actions such as collaboration with rights organizations, police and customs agencies, negotiations with Internet service providers, etc., in addition to civil litigation procedures and appeals to the Japan Patent Office. MMN’s long-standing experience in the protection of famous fashion brands and consumer goods means that we retain “historical knowledge” of notorious infringers and importers, in turn resulting in positive outcomes for our clients.

Protection of Software Rights

Intellectual property rights in software have no physical existence and can be easily infringed without discovery. MMN, by collaborating with rights organizations and patent attorneys’ offices, provides our clients with vigorous support utilizing numerous legal measures (including preservation of evidence), both judicial and extra-judicial, concerning unauthorized use of software and patent infringement.

Licensing Agreements

We believe that measures to prevent intellectual property infringement are just as important as those taken after the infringement occurs. The way a licensing agreement is drafted can have a significant effect on the future of a business. MMN possesses a great deal of experience preparing comprehensive and protective licensing agreements concerning patents, know-how, trademarks and copyrights (including computer software).