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Shimako Kato, Patent Attorney, Partner

1988 Bachelor of Material Engineering, Waseda University, Science and Engineering Faculty
1988-2006 Japan Patent Office (Examiner, Appeal Examiner)
1998 Won a scholarship by the National Personnel Authority to European Patent Office and German Patent Office
2002-2005 Seconded to the Tokyo District Court (Judicial Research Official)
2006 Joined Abe, Ikubo & Katayama
Registered as Patent Attorney
2008 Qualified as patent attorney admitted to practice intellectual property infringement litigation

Japan Patent Attorneys Association
Asian Patent Attorneys Association
German-Japanese Association of Jurists
VPP (Vereinigung von Fachleuten des Gewerblichen Rechtsschutzes)

Main Areas of Practice
Shimako Kato worked for Japan Patent Office as a patent examiner and a member of board of Appeal in the field of metal processing and polymer processing. She was also engaged in the amendment of the examination standards at JPO. In the IP division at the Tokyo District Court, she provided, as a Judicial Research Official, expert advices on technicality of patent properties to judges when they make judicial decisions of patent infringement cases in the chemical field and of other intellectual property cases.

She mainly deals with patent infringement cases as patent attorney of Abe, Ikubo and Katayama, using her experience and expertise at JPO and the Tokyo District Court.

Publications and Articles
"The Binding Effect of the Decision in the First Lawsuit Seeking Cancelation of the BOA Decision on the Second Decision" Theories and Practice of Intellectual Property Law Vol. 1 [Patent Act [2]] compiled by Toshiaki Makino et al. Shin-Nihon-Houki (2007) (Co-author)
"Enablement Requirements for Product Inventions Defined by Parameters -Biaxial Stretched Film Made of Aliphatic Polyester Case-" AIPPI Vol.52 No.9 (September 2007)
"Theory of Inventiveness in the Chemical Field -From a View of Foreseeability of the Effects of Inventions" Patent, Vol.61 (October 2008)
"Enforcement of Patents in the Field of Life Science" Patent Studies, No.48 (September 2009) (Co-author)

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