Attorney Profiles
Attorney at Law, Patent Attorney
Emiko Maki

Ms. Maki is a partner specialising in the field of IP, restructuring, and corporate affairs.


In the field of IP, she has a wealth of experience in contentious matters in relation to IP, including patents, trademarks, and the Unfair Competition Prevention Act.  She also advises on non-contentious matters, such as drafting agreements for licenses and joint research and development, and setting up internal rules for IP management including the treatment of employee inventions. She gained experience during secondment to the legal department of a major record company in Japan, which has afforded her particularly strong knowledge in the content business sector, such as music, brands, designs and the gaming industry.


In the field of restructuring, she has worked on major restructuring cases such as the court proceedings of Takata and Japan Airlines, and has also served as a trustee in many bankruptcy cases.


In the field of corporate affairs, she advises on projects including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, and security arrangements, as well as clients’ day-to-day legal issues.


In many cases she handles, Ms. Maki works intensively on international and cross-border matters by taking advantage of her good English skills.


Legal Training and Research Institute


Admission to the Daiichi Tokyo Bar Association, joined Abe, Ikubo & Katayama


Secondment to a major record company in Japan


Board member of bar examination of patent attorney (design law)


Board member of examination of IP management


Secondment to a major Japanese trading house


Secondment to Kirkland & Ellis LLP in Chicago, Herbert Smith Freehills in London, Milan, Paris, and Brussels


Returned to Abe, Ikubo & Katayama


Registered as patent attorney


Executive Director of Japan Patent Attorneys Association

Career as Director

Outside Director of Kubota Pharmaceutical Holdings Co., Ltd.


LLB, Sophia University Law Faculty
Keio Law School on full scholarship


AIPPI (Association Internationale pour la Protection de la Propriété Intellectuelle)
IWIRC (International Women’s Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation)
INSOL (International Association of Restructuring, Insolvency & Bankruptcy Professionals)
IPBA (Inter-Pacific Bar Association)