[Event] Building a Business in Japan: Key Legal Insights on Fintech & IP

Feb 01, 2017

Learn about deregulation efforts and commercial trends in
Japan's fintech industry, and gain insight on how to handle 
IP asset development and management when doing business in Japan.



   February 22, 2017
   5:30-8:30 PM

   UC Hastings Alumni Center
   200 McAllister St. 2nd Floor
   San Francisco, CA 94102


   Cost: FREE



   5:30 PM

   6:00 PM

   6:10 PM

   6:15 PM

   7:00 PM

   7:30 PM

   7:40 PM

Welcome Remarks/East Asian Legal Studie Program Intro

Speaker Introduction

      Mr. Toyohisa Kaminiwa 
      Partner at Inaba and Partners Law Office
      "Legal & Business Trends in Japans' Fintech Industry"


      Mr. Tatsuya Sawada 
      Partner/Director of International Filing at SUGIMURA
      "Tips for IP Asset Management/Development in Japan"

Panel Discussion/Q&A

Closing Remarks

      JETRO's Invest Japan Program
      Japan Society's Program

Networking Reception


This seminar will highlight 1) deregulation efforts and commercial trends in Japan's Fintech industry and 2) tips for IP asset development and management when doing business in Japan. This event will be most valuable to entrepreneurs, C-level executives, and business owners who plan to expand to Japan.


This event is hosted by the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), the UC Hastings Law School - The East Asian Legal Studies Program, and Japan Society of Northern California. The agenda will feature keynote presentations by legal experts in fintech and intellectual property, followed by a panel discussion and reception.



Toyohisa Kaminiwa, Partner at Inaba and Partners Law Office

Toyohisa Kaminiwa is a member of the Fintech Team at Inaba and Partners, one of the premier Japanese law firms for Fintech legal support. During his time with Inaba and Partners, Mr. Kaminiwa has supported Fintech, venture capital, technology, and energy companies on a matter of legal issues.  In particular, Mr. Kaminiwa has worked extensively with energy companies on disputes involving Japan’s Feed-In Tariff Law for Renewable Electric Energy. Mr. Kaminiwa often represents international corporations and financial institutions with structuring investments and joint-venture negotiations.


Mr. Kaminiwa’s expertise includes general civil and commercial litigation and arbitration, specifically cases related to antitrust acts, competition acts, property right disputes, copyrights, design rights, image rights, trade secrets, and matters related to product liability.


Mr. Kaminiwa graduated with an LL.B. from Keio University in 2000 and an LL.M. from the University of Southern California Gould School of Law in 2011. He also has a Certificate in Entertainment Law from the University of California Gould School of Law.



Tatsuya Sawada, Executive Director at SUGIMURA International Patent and Trademark Attorneys

Mr. Sawada is the Executive Director of International Filing at our firm and the head of our Silicon Valley office. He is a registered Japanese patent attorney before the JPO and a registered patent agent before the USPTO. His practice encompasses patent prosecution and litigation in the mechanical, electrical, optical, and food engineering fields.

As the Executive Director of International Filing, Mr. Sawada oversees the prosecution of Japanese patents, designs, and trademarks for our international clients. He also oversees all the activities of the Silicon Valley office which serves as a liaison office to our North and South American clients. There, Mr. Sawada ensures that communications between our offices are seamless allowing for the most efficient and affective counsel for our clients. Mr. Sawada advises clients on Japanese IP matters and is a frequent speaker at IP conferences. He is often sought to consult on the important differences between Japanese IP law from and the clients’ domestic IP laws, application and enforcement procedures, and infringement suit representation.

  Prior to joining SUGIMURA, Mr. Sawada was a plant engineer at Snow Brand Milk Products Co., Ltd. where he developed and implemented fully-automated beverage manufacturing facilities. During his career at Snow Brand, Mr. Sawada spent two years at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada as a visiting researcher.




UC Hastings Alumni Center, 2nd Floor |  200 McAllister Street, San Francisco, CA 94102


Take the F, J, K, L, M, N, S, or T line inbound to the Civic Center Muni Station. Exit at Market &
Hyde St. Head North on Hyde St. to the cross section of McAllister and Hyde. The building

will be on the Northwest corner across from the Asian Art Museum.


All Bay Area Rapid Transit trains going to downtown San Francisco will stop at the BART
Civic Center Station. Exit at Market & Hyde St. to the cross section of McAllister and Hyde.
The Building will be on the Northwest corner across from the Asian Art Museum.



Attendees traveling by car can park at the UC Hastings Parking Garage at the corner of Larkin and Golden Gate. There is a fee for parking. To see parking rates, click here