BIOGRAPHYMakoto KURODA is a registered patent attorney in Japan. He is a graduate of Keio University, LL.B. After completing the university, he began working in the field of intellectual property in 1985.
Mr. KURODA passed the patent bar examination and was registered to practice before the Japan Patent Office in 2004. He has been working for IP law firms as a professional staff member and then a patent attorney ever since. He has gained extensive experience in handling tasks related to trademark and design registration including application filing and preventing unfair competition/infringing products in foreign countries for clients in a wide range of business fields such as chemistry, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, apparel, electrical/electronics, machinery, software, food, telecommunications, and education.
Mr. KURODA took on-the-job training to learn about US and UK trademark practices at the US law firm Ladas & Parry in 1990, and the British law firm Langner Parry and the US law firm Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner in 1991.
Mr. KURODA always listens to clients’ needs and assists them with his meticulous and courteous service. He offers his services in Japanese and English.

PRACTICE AREASMr. Kuroda is a certified patent attorney who specializes in affairs related to IP services, including trademark and design procurement and prosecution, research and investigation, trials, appeals and litigation in foreign countries.

EDUCATIONKeio University, LL.B.

EXPERIENCEMatsubara, Muraki & Associates (Patent Firm)
Trainee, Ladas & Parry (USA)
Trainee, Langner Parry (England)
Trainee, Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner (USA)
YUASA AND HARA (Law & Patent Firm)

Japan Trademark Association (JTA)
International Trademark Association (INTA)


2005-presentMember, Foreign Trademarks Study Group (formerly Foreign Trademarks System Committee), Japan Trademark Association
2011-2020Director, Japan Patent Attorneys Pension Fund
2015-2021Manager, Foreign Trademarks Study Group, Japan Trademark Association

PUBLICATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS◆“In re Bose Corp., 91 USPQ2d 1938 (Fed. Cir. 2009)”, JTA Letter No.232, 2009

◆“Black & Decker Corp. v. Emerson Elec. Co., 84 USPQ2d 1482 (TTAB 2007)”, JTA Letter No.216, 2008

◆“Starbucks v. Xingbake (China)”, JTA Letter No.208, 2007

◆“Handling against Misappropriated Trademark Applications in China and Taiwan”, in “Q&A Practices in Prevention and Response to Intellectual Property Troubles” (Shinnippon-Hoki Publishing, 2006)

◆“Trademark Searches in the U.S.” in “Q&A Practices in Prevention and Response to Intellectual Property Troubles” (Shinnippon-Hoki Publishing, 2006)

◆“Basic Structure of U.S. Trademark Laws”, in “Q&A Practices in Prevention and Response to Intellectual Property Troubles” (Shinnippon-Hoki Publishing, 2006)

◆“Praktiker Bau-und Heimwerkemärkte AG v. Deutsches Patent- und Markenamt”, JTA Letter, 2006

LANGUAGEJapanese and English

HOBBIESListening to Rakugo (Japanese comedic story telling), Listening to music (piano), Reading, Traveling (hot spring trip), and Hiking. He likes going to a theater to enjoy rakugo stories.