Takayoshi KAWAI

Professional Experience

Mr. Kawai is the Director of Global Operations at SUGIMURA. His responsibility includes development and deepening business relations with overseas associates and clients, directing strategic communications.

Mr. Kawai’s practice encompasses patent prosecution in the electrical engineering, software and mechanical engineering. He has particular expertise in the areas of image processors, object detecting software, navigation software, authentication software, electronic commerce, telecommunications, remote monitoring systems, breathing masks, aircraft landing gears, automobiles, and automobile parts. Prior to joining SUGIMURA, he worked in the IP department of TIS Inc. where his responsibilities included patent and trademark fillings, drafting and negotiating licensing and joint venture agreements. During his graduate studies at The George Washington University and early in his career, Mr. Kawai spent time in Washington, D.C., Boston and Palo Alto in the United States.


Japan Patent Attorneys Association (JPAA)


M.S., Applied Science and Engineering, The George Washington University
B.S., Economics, The University of Tokyo

Practice Areas

Patent Prosecution (Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering)




“Patentability in Japan”​, March 13 2015, Co-authored with Tsukanaka and Chen
“Patents in Japan – Q&A overview”​, March 2, 2015, Co-authored with Tsukanaka and Chen
“Successful English-to-Japanese Patent Translations”​, April 2013

“International IP Trends: Litigation and Prosecution, IP Wars”​, June 24, 2015, Panel Discussion at International Legal Alliance Summit
“Introduction of Post Grant Opposition in 2015″​, February 19, 2015, Silicon Valley Intellectual Property Association
“Value-Add Patent Prosecution in Japan: Client Tailored Strategies before the JPO”​, June 5, 2014, State Bar of California
“Landscape of Global Patent Examination; Global IP Initiative by JPO”​, February 27, 2012, Panel Discussion at Patent Committee Open Forum, JPAA