KAZUYUKI TANAKA graduated from the Faculty of Law at Meiji GakuinUniversity in 1970 before joining us in the same year. Originally assigned to our Trademark Department, he movedto the Patent Department in 1979 where he deals with formalities and recordal procedures for foreign applicants.Most communications to and from our foreign clients pass through his hands and his knowledge of the specialproblems foreign applicants sometimes face is an essential element of our everyday practice. Our resident experton PCT procedures, he has also been handling the foreign filing and prosecution formalities for our domesticclients. Among other things, golf, skiing and tennis occupy his leisure hours.
|Our non-technical staff play a great role in our everyday operations
and are constantly in contact with our foreign clients
JAMES HUGHESgraduated from U.C.L.A in 1976 and received an M.A. in FarEastern Studies at the University of Washington in 1978. Jim joined our firm in 1982 and is now the Director ofInternational Liaison, being active in resolving communication difficulties in all technical fields. His years of dealingwith the myriad of problems that foreign applicants can face in Japan also helped him during his terms as Vice-chair and Chair of the IP Committee of the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan. He also served on theCase Reporter Committee for the Japanese branch of AIPPI and was an active member of the IP Group of theUS/Japan Business Council for several years. He is also a regular at the INTA annual meetings and served on theAsia-Pacific Law subcommittee for the INTA Bulletin, and now in the Trademark Office LiasonSubcommittee. Although he tries to satisfy his passion for the mountains whenever possible, he isalso an avid motorcyclist, bicyclist and cameraman and is now trying to instill those passions in histhree young daughters.
NOBUHIRO SUGISAWAgraduated in history from Rissho University in1987 and joined Information Technology Labs as a systems analyst in the same year. He was transferred toEurope and worked in the U.K. in a similar position until 1992. He joined our firm in 1995 after working on our majorcomputer systems for a number of years and he continues to play an important role in maintaining and developingboth software and hardware in the office, including the managment of our fully networked system. He also becamea Microsoft Certified Professional after intensive study. Leisure pursuits include tennis, travel and surprisingly,computers. His recent interest is acting as a chief umpire for little league baseball games.
TAKUYA TERAKAWA,Managing Directorof our Financial and General AffairsDepartment, graduated in economics from Keio University in 1985 and joined a major Japanese Bank, where hefinally became a member of the International Accounts Department, dealing in foreign exchange. He became achartered member of the Japan Security Analysts Association in 1993, before joining a major securities firm in1995, where he also worked on foreign exchange. We were lucky enough to bring his wealth of experience to Sogain 1997, where he has been working diligently on various financial and personnel related matters. He became amember of AIPPI in 2004 and has traveled to several annual meetings.
KEIKO TANAKAgraduated in English American Literature from Aoyama GakuinUniversity in 1976 before joining us. She has worked in various sections, starting off in trademarks, working throughdomestic applications for foreign clients and ending up a Group Leader in our Foreign Application Section. Herbroad experience in application procedures helps us to eliminate the myriad of difficulties faced everyday whenworking with a wide spectrum of associates overseas. Keiko-san's interests are definitely international as shecontinues to travel regularly, visiting over 68 countries. Her eclectic tastes in food probably helps her survive suchadventures in cuisine.