Kaori Minami

Senior Counsel – Japanese Liaison

  • Intellectual property law (trademarks, copyright, designs, patents, trade secrets, unfair competition, advertising and marketing)
  • Brand strategy
  • Competition law/antitrust
  • Information technology (data protection, ecommerce platforms, ISP regulation and liability)
  • Commercial and corporate law
  • Advisory, transactional and litigation
  • Japanese(mother tongue) 
  • English 

Kaori works with the firm as a Senior Counsel and is a qualified lawyer in Japan, England & Wales and California. She specializes in the intellectual property field, with over 15 years of practicing experience.

Her expertise, based on her experiences as in-house counsel and private practice lawyer, covers litigation, transactional and advisory (particularly, licensing agreements, brand management, enforcement commercial contracts, data protection).

Kaori has dealt with IP/commercial matters from wide ranging industries (FMCG, food & beverage, restaurant franchise, content production – including digital content, IT and engineering).

  • Professional qualifications
    • Qualification as an Attorney at Law (The State Bar of California, USA, 2018)
    • Admission to practice in England and Wales (Solicitors Regulation Authority, UK, 2012)
    • Qualification as a Lawyer(弁護士)(Japan Federation of Bar Associations, Japan, 2001)
  • Degrees and diplomas
    • LL.M., Intellectual Property Law (Queen Mary University of London, UK)
    • LL.M., Public Law (Keio University, Japan)
    • LL.B. (Keio University, Japan)
  • 英国最高裁判所、ウェブサイトブロッキング命令の実施費用は権利者負担と判断 “UK Supreme Court decides that the cost of website blocking should be borne by rights owners.”, 株式会社商事法務 NBL, September 1, 2018 (in Japanese)
  • 著作権保護とコンプライアンス――EU・英国における著作権侵害サイトへの広告掲載に対する取組み “Copyright protection and compliance – schemes in the EU and UK to avoid placement of adverts on infringing websites”, NBL – 商事法務, April 15, 2017 (in Japanese)
  • 欧州における地理的表示保護制度 “Protection of Geographical Indications in EU”,知財ぷりずむ, March 2017 (in Japanese)
  • Brexit(イギリスEU離脱)が知的財産権に与える影響 (1)-(3) “Impact of Brexit on your IP rights”, e-hoki法律情報メールマガジンLIMM,新日本法規出版株式会社, August 2016 (in Japanese)
  • Evidence gathering procedures in UK IP litigation 英国の知的財産訴訟における証拠収集制度, December 18, 2015 (in Japanese)
  • Huawei v ZTE-欧州連合司法裁判所 標準必須特許の特許権行使に 競争法違反成立の可能性を認める, September 2015 (in Japanese)