Senior Partner
Akimitsu Hirai

Attorney at Law & Tax Attorney
Adjunct Professor, Tokyo Medical and Dental University
Adjunct Professor, Tokushima University

Practice Areas: Management of venture company, Intellectual Property, Corporation, International Transaction (license agreement, collaborative research agreement), Technology Transfer matters
Especially, Biotechnology and IT Technology related matters

Mr. Hirai was admitted as an attorney in 1990. Mr. Hirai's practice currently involves mainly management of a venture company. Mr. Hirai possesses broad experience in negotiating and drafting international license agreements for various types of intellectual property, with a special focus on cutting-edge technology such as biotechnology and software. Then, Mr. HIrai moves to focus on managing a venture company as a board member and CEO.
Mr. Hirai has an LL.M degree from the University of Washington, School of Law. He spent 2 years at the University of Washington, including 9 months of research study at CASRIP as a research fellow. He concentrated on biotechnology, with a special focus on the comparative study of biotechnology protection in the United States and Japan and has written several articles on the issue of protection of biotechnology. Mr. Hirai also spent several months at an IP firm in Seattle and was involved in U.S. IP practices.
After Mr. Hirai came back to Japan, he joined a major international law firm where he was involved in international licensing matters and patent and trademark infringement cases. Mr. Hirai was also a legal counselor for the Office of Technology Transfer of the University of Tokyo at the very beginning.
He has appointed to successive posts on many governmental committees concerning industry-academia-government collaboration. He has also given lectures about technology transfer and Intellectual Property Law at universities and OTTs.

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