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Tsugihiro Okada

Senior Associate
Antitrust / Competition, Intellectual Property

Professional Summary

Tsugihiro Okada is a senior associate in the Tokyo Antitrust, IP Tech groups. He is a member of the Tokyo Bar Association’s International Committee, the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property.

Practice Focus

Mr. Okada focuses his practice on intellectual property law and information technology and communications matters. He also has significant experience advising clients on data protection, telecommunication law, antitrust law matters.

Representative Clients, Cases or Matters

  • Represented foreign companies in IP-related cases to protect their rights to intellectual property, including characters, brands and software.
  • Advised on and prepared documents for license agreements or franchise agreements relating to intellectual properties rights.
  • Advised on and prepared documents for agreements involving information technology and communications matters.
  • Represented foreign companies in registration for plant variety rights at Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Japan.
  • Represented foreign companies before Japanese courts in infringement and invalidation cases.
  • Represented foreign companies in customs seizures of counterfeit products.
  • Advised on intellectual property financing and represented financing companies in registration procedures thereof.
  • Advised on data protection and privacy policy.
  • Provided support in an application for a leniency program for administrative fines under the Japanese Antitrust Act.
  • Advised on issues relating to corporate governance.

Publications, Presentations and Articles

  • Co-author, “Patent file – Amendments to Japan’s IP Guidelines”, Intellectual Property Magazine, Informa UK Limited, October 2015
  • Co-author, Legal and tax practices on conducting business in Asia – from business start-up to expansion and withdrawal, Chuokeizai-sha, August 2011, Language: Japanese
  • Co-author, “Open Innovation”, Asia IP, Apex Asia Media Limited , June/July 2011


New York~United States (2015)
Japan (2008)

Professional Association and Memberships

  • New York State Bar Association – Member
  • Tokyo Bar Association – Member
  • International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property – Member


University of Washington (LL.M. Intellectual Propaty Law and Policy Graduate Program)(2014)
Kobe University (J.D.)(2007)
Kobe University (LL.B.)(2005)


Japanese, English