former Examiner of the JPO
BIOGRAPHYMakoto ARIGA is a registered patent attorney in Japan. He is a graduate of the College of Engineering at Ibaraki University. After completing his university studies in Mechanical Engineering, he joined Nissan Motor and was engaged in patent procurement and prosecution in the IP department.
Mr. Ariga took a career change and worked as an Examiner in the Japan Patent Office, where he examined patent applications mainly in the internal combustion engine control technologies and elevator technologies. He was registered as a patent attorney with the JPO in 2021.
Mr. Ariga has a wide range of experience in the IP field as a patent applicant as well as a patent examiner. From his unique vantage point as both an inside and outside patent practitioner, he strives to provide the best support to his clients.
PRACTICE AREASMr. Ariga is a certified patent attorney who specializes in affairs related to Intellectual Property rights. He has done work in the areas of prosecution, prior art searches,appeals and litigation related to patents particularly in the areas of machinery.
EDUCATIONIbaraki University, College of Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering
EXPERIENCE■ Nissan Motor Corporation, Ltd.
■ Japan Patent Office
Examiner in Second Patent Examination Department, Motive Machinery Division, Logistics Division
PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATION AND MEMBERSHIPJapan Patent Attorneys Association (JPAA)
LANGUAGEJapanese and English