We provide assistance and counseling to both corporate management and inventors in all aspects of domestic and international business transactions and litigation
We also provide assistance and counseling in patent protection and utilization, trademarks, copyrights, and intellectual property strategy and related matters around the world.
The patent prosecution team prosecutes patent applications with a focus on global applications. We work with clients on enforceable patents both in the US and around the world. We also work with clients for building their patent portfolio. We prosecute patents based on case law.
The firm works with clients on idea and invention creation through patent brainstorming for future products and technologies as well as invention harvesting for current products and technologies.
International Commercial Transactions
Ishimaru & Associates’ international transaction team focuses on law in East Asia, with emphasis on key Chinese-speaking regions, including the People’s Republic of China, Taiwan and Hong Kong. (Please see our monthly China Bulletin for recent updates.) We provide same time-zone legal support to U.S. companies managing business and operations in East Asia.
Services include formulating entry and exit strategies, supporting negotiations, preparing applications, advising on establishment/operation of legal entities in East Asia and drafting/reviewing contracts . We assist R&D centers, software developers and distributors, hardware and equipment manufacturers, high-tech consulting and service providers, e-comerce marketers, product engineering operations and medical device producers. We also assist with registrations and licenses of patented and unpatented technology throughout East Asia.
Ishimaru & Associates’ attorneys can help you in particular to joint venture, acquire and divest companies in China and resolve related tax, employment, compliance and technology licensing challenges. Members of our U.S. team, based in San Jose, are fluent in Mandarin Chinese and English, and have worked as legal advisors in mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. We assist to resolve disputes with business partners, licensing counterparties and agencies in China. On-the-ground support throughout East Asia is readily available through our foreign associates.
It is often challenging to obtain quality services in East Asia at a reasonable cost. We provide international legal and translation services at rates competitive with local firms in the target territory. We also provide English-Chinese and Chinese-English translations reviewed by native speakers with legal training to support your needs in China.
The litigation team currently offers pre-litigation services and litigation management in the US. We provide initial assessments for potential litigation.
We also provide arbitration as an alternative resolution method and have served as arbitrators in million dollar arbitrations. A member is a long time arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association.
We also provide services through the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for reexamination, post-issuance review (when made available by the USPTO), and supplemental examination (when made available by the USPTO).
We have provided litigation management and strategic counseling in numerous multi-million dollar litigations. Members have managed litigations that are now reference cases often cited in other patent litigation and by the USPTO.
The transaction team provides licensing, business formation, and leasing services. We help our clients with negotiating and drafting contracts and licensing agreements. We have been involved in multi-billion dollar business and multi-million dollar licensing and technology transactions.
Ishimaru & Associates also provide due diligence and valuations of patent portfolio, copyrights, and trademarks.
Copyrights and Trademarks
The copyright and trademark team offers services for trademark and copyright search, registration, and enforcement both in the U.S. and internationally.