Professional Experience

Mr. Awano is the Senior Director of Intellectual Property Operations at our firm. Prior to joining SUGIMURA, he had a lengthy career at Sony Corporation where he held various management positions to include responsibilities in the design department, optical module department, business creation and strategy departments, and product marketing. During his tenure at Sony, Mr. Awano also served as the Director of Product Marketing in Sony America. He brings a wealth of international business strategy experience to SUGIMURA. His technical expertise encompasses patent prosecution in the electrical, mechanical, and material science fields. Mr. Awano has particular expertise in the areas of storage technology and optical devices.


Japan Patent Attorneys Association (JPAA)
Intellectual Property Association of Japan


M.S., Electrical Engineering, California Institute of Technology
B.S., Physics, The University of Tokyo

Practice Areas

Patent Prosecution (Material Science, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering)




“Segregated Microstructure and Crystal Structure in Sputter-Deposited CoCr Carbon Added Films,” H. Masuya, H. Awano, Japanese Journal of Applied Physics Vol.28, 1989
“Effect of Argon Ion Bombardment on Internal Stress in Evaporated Co-Cr Film,” H. Awano, T. Sato Japanese Journal of Applied Physics, Vol.27,Issue 5, 1988
“Dependence of segregated microstructure in sputter-deposited CoCr film on deposition conditions,” H. Masuya, H. Awano IEEE Transactions on Magnetics vol.23 Issue 5, Sep 1987
“Effect of addition of carbon on magnetic properties of sputter-deposited CoCr film,” H. Awano, H. Masuya, IEEE Transaction on Magnetics vol.23, Issue 5, Sep.1987
“Annealing behavior of Hydrogen-implanted magnetic garnet,” C.H. Wilts, H. Awano, V.S. Speriosu Journal of Applied Physics,57(6) 1985
“Annealing behavior of neon-implanted magnetic garnet,” H. Awano, V.S. Speriosu, C.H. Wilts, Journal of Applied Physics,55(8) 1984