LLB, Keio University, Law Faculty
Entered the Legal Research and Training Institute (53rd graduating class)
Admitted to the bar (Daiichi Tokyo Bar Association) Joined Abe, Ikubo & Katayama
Councilor’s Office on System Reform, General Affairs Division, General Affairs Department, Japan Patent Office under the Law Concerning the Recruitment of Local Public Entities’ Employees with a Fixed Term in Regular Service
Resumed work at Abe, Ikubo & Katayama
Naho Ebata advises both Japanese and international clients on a variety of corporate and intellectual property matters.
In the area of intellectual property, she advises on a range of intellectual property rights such as patents, trademarks, designs and copyrights, and unfair competition issues. Naho has extensive experience in Japanese patent litigation in a diverse range of industry sectors including life science and technology, and in anti-counterfeiting measures such as customs seizure. She also provides legal opinions and advises on license agreements. Naho spent one year on secondment to the Japan Patent Office where she was involved in the amendment of the trademark law. In the field of general corporate practice, Naho’s broad practice covers mergers and acquisitions, product safety, regulation, personal information, business contracts, disputes and negotiations. She has particular expertise acting for clients in life science, IT and consumer product sectors. Naho was seconded to a world-leading multinational mobile phone producer, where she gained a valuable insight into how best to provide good legal service.
In the area of corporate turnaround, she acted as a deputy trustee for Japan Airlines and was in charge of legal issues in foreign countries. She also handled various rehabilitation matters. During her stay in the UK for three years, she visited a London based solicitors firm Bristows LLP weekly and assisted with the firm’s Unified Patent Court (UPC) website. Naho intends to provide clients balanced and commercially useful advice by fully understanding clients’ businesses and needs.