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President, Patent Attorney

Kazuo Chikashima

Kazuo Chikashima

〔Brief Personal History〕After graduating University, entered the Japan Patent Office and took in charge of examination in the general machinery division. Obtained qualification of a patent attorney while in the office. Founded Chikashima and Associates (patent firm) after voluntarily retiring the Japan Patent Office.
- Former Chairman of Consultative Committee on Operation of Patent System, Patent Attorneys Association of Japan
- Former Secretary General, Patent Attorneys Club of Graduates of Waseda University - Ex-Guest Professor, Kyushu University

Graduated from the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Waseda University School

〔Self Promotion〕So far, I spent all of my life in the field of patent including the time of a patent examiner. I handle patent specifications with minuteness (with logos) and arguments with much punch. Although I have been self-centered and have had a craftsmanship, I am now blessed with skilled staffs having much aspirations and think recently that the prosperity of the office owes much to the cooperation of the staffs.
 Presently, I manage the office under the following three principles:
(1) Each staff accomplish each work with own responsibility in the circumstance allowing the staffs to confer anything from each other;
(2) Open and share all information concerning our office among all staffs, such as a number of orders received, a number of orders processed, the status of management and others; and
(3) Assure employment of the staffs including veteran staffs while considering running the office by hiring new members corresponding to new technological trends.
 I consider that even in the free environment in which all of the staffs take account of their own responsibility in the entirety of the office and manage each own matter by themselves, the office is aligned with a vector of one direction as a whole.

PATENT ENGINEERS

  • Yasuhiro Esaki

    Yasuhiro Esaki

    Entered the Office

    in 2000

    Q1:Please tell us your strong point or speciality that “you’ll never give in” (My Strong Point or Speciality)
    My strong point is that I speculate with horizontal, vertical and futuristic extensions from simple information. This is done fundamentally by not neglecting inputting daily information and by extending the speculation not only in the patent business but also in business policy from the obtained information. I think that this will contribute not only in improvement of quality of patent specifications but also in development of our office.
    Q2:What is your episode remaining in your heart in engaging your work? (Episode remaining in my Heart)
    I once completed an item having 81 embodiments and 300 pages or more in total. I think that we will barely take in charge of such an item even if we work in this industry in our entire life.
  • Shigeru Chikashima

    Shigeru Chikashima

    Entered the Office

    in 2007

    Q1:What is a strong point of Chikashima & Associates? (Strong Point of Chikashima & Associates)
    Engage in business kindly and professionally while showing faces of persons in charge.
    Q2:My Strong Point or Speciality
    I am strong in that I can persistently tackle even with a difficult work, even though I am sometimes said to be “sticky”. I am tackling with daily works so that not only our client will be satisfied by our work, as a matter of course, but also our client can achieve works that can be achieved only by the client at ease by ordering us.
  • Takafumi Ota

    Takafumi Ota

    (Patent Attorney)

    Entered the Office

    in 2008

    Q1:My Strong Point or Speciality
    I can handle machineries in general. My strong point is that I handle my work carefully by precisely comprehending the contents of an invention.
    Q2:What do you like about Chikashima & Associates?
    To put it briefly, our office is free. Although a range of own discretion is widened and own responsibility becomes heavy in carrying out our work, it is fulfilling on the other hand.
    Q3:Strong Point of Chikashima & Associates
    Our office carries out works carefully one by one by interviewing inventors and persons in charge of intellectual properties for example as much as possible.
  • Koji Ohashi

    Koji Ohashi

    Entered the Office

    in 2008

    Q1:Strong Point of Chikashima & Associates
    We have a complete claim check system, so that quality of a patent specification is improved by carefully arguing claims one by one.
    Q2:My Strong Point or Speciality
    Electronic and mechanical apparatuses
    Q3:Episode Remaining in my Heart
    One day, our president said to me “let’s go for a meeting with a client” and I thought that we would go by train. However, he handed me a helmet and we went for the meeting by a motorcycle driven by the president.
  • Kazuyoshi Kawaguchi

    Kazuyoshi Kawaguchi

    Entered the Office

    in 1998

    Q1:Episode Remaining in my Heart
    A large change of policy was made at the last minute of the deadline, and I worked together with a person in charge in an intellectual property section until just before twelve o’clock midnight and had it ready somehow by the time. The person in charge was so determined.
    Q2:My Strong Point or Speciality
    Knowledge about an image forming apparatus which I have engaged in for many years.
    Q3:Strong Point of Chikashima & Associates
    Most members are well experienced, so that we can deal even with urgent works.
  • Yukimasa Yokomato

    Yukimasa Yokomato

    (Patent Attorney)

    Entered the Office

    in 2004

    Q1:My Strong Point or Speciality
    Vacuum Technology.
    Q2:Strong Point of Chikashima & Associates
    Perfect patent applications undergoing claim checks and typographical checks.
    Q3:Episode Remaining in my Heart
    I once arranged a matter, which had been said to be difficult to be patented because it was just an idea, as a specification and filed it to the Patent Office.
  • Morihiro Satou

    Morihiro Satou

    Entered the Office

    in 2001

    Q1:I like Chikashima & Associates because
    A gap between “faces” at work and at a drinking party is large. I like such stance to be serious at work and to fully take it easy at play.
    Q2:My Strong Point or Speciality
    I like and have much experience in preparing specifications in the field related to manufacturing of semiconductors and to drive of systems using semiconductors.
    Q3:Episode Remaining in my Heart
    When I prepared and sent a draft specification to our client, an inventor himself directly called me, saying that “thank you very much that you completed the specification thus far”.
  • Hajime Tsuji

    Hajime Tsuji

    Entered the Office

    in 2012

    Q1:Tell us about your recent hobby or what you are absorbed in
    -Photographing and processing of pictures;
    -Eating and drinking around;
    -Appreciation of Classic musics
    -Playing violin;
    -Activity as a veterinarian; and
    -Study on pathology of bears
  • Hiroshi Chikashima

    Hiroshi Chikashima

    Entered the Office

    in 2011

    Q1:My Strong Point or Speciality
    Capacity to adapt environmental changes. While we receive orders from various clients of many different types of industry and field, we deeply understand inventions of any order and prepare comprehensive specifications. By the way, I can adapt myself to high mountains exceeding 4,000 meters above sea level without getting altitude sickness (proven).
    Q2:Episode Remaining in my Heart
    I once thought out a seed of an invention together with my client as an invention worthy to file. I prepared from the very beginning such as investigations, embodiments, and drawings by considering various matters such as a technological level of the invention, its alternative technology, and a budget of the client. Even though services of a patent firm are agency services, I felt that a contribution of a patent firm is great for a client and I felt fulfilling in my job.
  • Hiromitsu Ui

    Hiromitsu Ui

    Entered the Office

    in 1997

    Q1:My Recent Hobby or What I am Absorbed in
    As a counselor of the Japan Counseling Association, I have been counseling five peoples in average in a day and 2 days in a month over the phone or through interview since 1995.
    Q2:My Strong Point or Speciality
    While I mainly handle mechanical items, I often find an inconsistency from an aspect of technology of the invention, and I am thanked sometimes by inventors.
    Q3:Strong Point of Chikashima & Associates
    Because we are less restrained by the office, we can adapt ourselves flexibly to a request of our client.
  • Junichi Sugiyama

    Junichi Sugiyama

    Entered the Office

    in 2013

    Q1:My Recent Hobby or What I am Absorbed in
    My hobby is fishing, and I like lure and fly fishing in particular. I longs to go mountain streams for fishing trouts and chars.
    Q2:My Strong Point or Speciality
    I accomplish my works seriously and steadily.
    Q3:Strong Point of Chikashima & Associates
    We have specialists per each field and we can prepare better specifications by deeply understand inventions by arguing with each other based on written proposals.
  • Seiichi Namba

    Seiichi Namba

    Entered the Office

    in 2014

    Q1:My Strong Point or Speciality
    Technologies in general related to computers. Even a business model type idea which is conventionally said to be a just matter of promise can be patented to a great extent by expressing it by hardware or software language of computers. I may be accustomed to do that.
    Q2:Strong Point of Chikashima & Associates
    We have many engineers and naturally a person in charge varies in terms of background and experiences. Accordingly, we can deal flexibly with various requests of clients.
  • Fumiaki Miya

    Fumiaki Miya

    Entered the Office

    in 2014

    Q1:My Strong Point or Speciality
    I am confident in solving and understanding a flowchart even if it is very complicated.
    Q2:Episode Remaining in my Heart
    I once completed an item whose specification and drawings both exceed 100 pages in three weeks. What remains in my heart is a sense of accomplishment obtained when I could elucidate the full picture by solving processes using a plurality of tables and flowcharts one by one.

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