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Published 09 Jun, 2016
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Mr. Ohara was awarded a bachelors of law degree from Kyoto University in 1966 and passed the Japanese Bar Examination in the same year. He has been a member of the Osaka bar and Japan Federation of Bar Associations since 1969. He continued his legal education by earning an LLM at Kyoto University and an LLM from Harvard Law School in 1976 as a Fulbright Exchange Grantee. In 1979, Mr. Ohara was registered as a licensed patent attorney by the Japan Patent Attorneys Association.
Mr. Ohara’s long experience practicing law in Osaka has firmly established his firm, the Ohara Law Office, as a pillar of the Kansai legal community. Furthermore, Mr. Ohara has held many prestigious positions within local and international legal institutions, including acting as the Executive Director of the Japan Association of Arbitrators, PPID Council of the International Bar Association and acting as Chairman of the Foreign Lawyers and International Legal Practice Committee of the Japan Federation of Bar Associations.
Mr. Ohara has a strong background in intellectual property and international family law, stemming from his time spent working at Whitman & Ransom in New York and Fenwick, Stone, Davis & West in Palo Alto. However, domestic matters also make up a strong portion of the Ohara Law Office’s general practice. The Ohara Law Office maintains a staff of talented and bilingual family law attorneys who specialize in international family law matters. As such, Mr. Ohara has established himself as a leading figure consulting on Japan’s implementation of the Hague Convention on International Child Abduction
A list of Mr. Ohara’s many publications in magazines and legal journals can be found below:
September 2011 “THE ISSUES REGARDING TAKING A CHILD AWAY” AND A LOOK AT THE CASE LAW, RATIFICATION OF HAGUE CONVENTION AND “BEST INTERESTS OF THE CHILD (“The Lawyers”, September 2011 Issue)
August 2011 RATIFICATION OF THE HAGUE CONVENTION AND THE IMPORTANCE OF INTERNATIONAL FAMILY MEDIATION (“The Lawyers”, August 2011 Issue)
2005 COPING STRATEGIES FOR THE CASES IN WHICH A JAPANESE COMPANY GETS INVOLVED IN A U.S. PATENT LAWSUIT (No. 55-6 Intellectual Property Management 2005)
2003 STATUTE OF LIMITAIONS IN PATENT INFRINGEMENT (No. 53-11 Intellectual Property Management 2003)
2000 21ST CENTURY ATTORNEYS (2000, Yuhikaku Publishing Co., Ltd. (Co-author) INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION IN THE LEGAL PROFESSION AND THE MONOPOLY OF LEGAL SERVICES BY ATTORNEYS (August 2000 issue of Freedom and Justice, the Japan Federation of Bar Associations) LAW AND BUSINESS IN JAPAN (2000, Commercial Law Centre, Inc. (Co-author)
1995 INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS (1995, the Japan Intellectual Property Association )(Coauthor))
1989 THE LAWS OF INTERNATIONAL LITIGATION (1989, Seirin Shoin (Co-author))
Based in Osaka, Japan and founded in 1979, our firm has continued to provide our clients with quality legal services in an efficient and cost effective manner. Our firm has rich experience in handling a wide variety of international and Japanese matters and we look forward to using that experience to assist you. Our areas of expertise include:
By zealously representing our client’s interests, while treating sensitive domestic issues with the care and respect they deserve, our team of experienced Japanese family law attorneys has built a thriving family law practice. We have experience in working with all types of family law matters, both Japanese and international, and we work hard to protect our clients’ interests while always keeping the focus on obtaining the specific results desired by our clients.
The Ohara Law Office has extensive experience with intellectual property law in Japan and internationally. Mr. Ohara has authored many articles on the international aspects of patent practice, and is a noted lecturer on the subject. Our team of skilled patent attorneys has worked with both the Japanese Patent Office and the United States Patent and Trademark Office and have a deep understanding of both Japanese and American legal and patent systems. We stand ready to support you in every aspect of registering, protecting and monetizing your Intellectual Property in Japan or around the world.
The Ohara Law Office has helped businesses and individuals to break ground in Japan, to establish long term business enterprises in Japan, to form partnerships with Japanese companies and has helped lients to maintain their business presence in Japan post formation. Whether you’re looking to merely extend a parent company into the Japanese market, or incorporate a new business in Japan, our law office is ready to assist you in every step of the process.
Our expertise in commercial transactions forms the core of our international practice. We provide advice to regional clients in Osaka, Japan and international clients from all over the globe, handling all aspects of our clients’ needs, including negotiating international licenses, distribution, joint venture, labor, sales and outsourcing agreements. Our team of skilled international lawyers has experience working in both America and Japan and is knowledgeable in the variety of legal issues that can arise in contracts between international companies.
The Ohara Law Firm has experience handling all types of Japanese immigration matters, from simple Japanese visa applications to complex violations of immigration status in Japan. Our firm has the cultural understanding and detailed legal knowledge necessary to smoothly navigate the Japanese immigration process.
We are proud of our record on aggressively pursuing collection of all types of debts and outstanding obligations in Japan. No matter what type of debt, or where it was undertaken, our office strives to use every tool available to recover the funds, from demand letters to settlement talks to compulsory execution of a debt through garnishment of wages.
Our firm maintains a robust general practice and has a strong history of taking on a variety of legal matters. Among the many issues that we regularly handle and successfully resolve are criminal defense, labor disputes and bankruptcies. Our firm also has extensive experience handling international probate and inheritance matters. You can have confidence in entrusting us with your legal issues, no matter what type or area of law.
Tel: 0120-17-8054 (within Japan)
Tel: 81-6-6313-1208 (from overseas)
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