Since 2001, Mr. Kawabata has worked on a wide variety of intellectual property issues, including preparing and prosecuting patent applications and counseling clients on patent infringement and validity. He has prosecuted hundreds of patent applications in area including organic light emitting diodes (OLEDs), CMOS and CCD image sensors, lightening appliances, printers, electrically powered vehicles, solar power systems, optics, medical devices, internet communication systems, and computer-related technologies.
Prior to starting his legal career, Mr. Kawabata worked as an electrical engineer in the high-voltage substation industry. He has a Master of Science degree in physics from Osaka City University. In addition to being a Japanese patent attorney, Mr. Kawabata is a registered infringement litigator.
Mr. Tohara has worked for 7 years as an engineer specializing in automotive power trains and for 5 year as a patent engineer and in-house patent attorney in the automotive industry where he gained considerable familiarity with automotive technology. He is a member of the Japan Patent Attorneys Association (JPAA), where he was the vice chairman of the In-house Patent Attorney Committee for the 2015 fiscal year.
Mr. Tohara has a degree in mechanical engineering from Kobe University and a Master of Business Administration from Nagoya University of Commerce and Business.