弁護士 西 美友加 (English)

Miyuka Nishi

Miyuka Nishi has a wide experience in rendering legal services on intellectual property, general civil affairs, family affairs, criminal defense (including defense prior to indictment and lay judge trial), corporate affairs (including M&A and due diligence) and other domestic or international affairs. Prior to establishing Nishi Law Firm, she has worked at Neighborhood Pro Bono Law Office of Hunton & Williams (Richmond, VA, US), and the Tokyo offices of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Jones Day where she has gained a long standing experience in international legal practices. She has recently engaged proactively on lay criminal trials and other court-appointed criminal defense cases, and in particular, focusing on criminal defense prior to indictment.

Profile

Education
April 1987 – 31 March 1990 Keio Girls High School
April 1990 – 31 March 1995 Keio University, LL.B.
April 1995 – 31 March 1997 Judicial Research and Training Institute of the Supreme Court of Japan
September 2002 – 1 May 2003 William and Mary Law School, LL.M. (VA, the U.S.A)
License
April 1997 Admitted to the Japan Federation of Bar Association (Reg. #25366)
February 2004 Admitted to the New York State Bar (Reg. #4200515)
Work Experience
  1. November 2003 – 28 April 2004: Neighborhood Pro Bono Law Office of Hunton & Williams (Richmond, VA, the US)
  2. January 2005 – 31 July 2007: Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Tokyo
  3. August 2007 to 31 March 2011: Jones Day Tokyo
  4. April 2011 to 31 March 2012: Japan Patent Office (in-house counsel)

Writing

November 2011 Winds from Japan Vol. 43, LESJ (Licensing Executives Society Japan)-Recent amendments to the Patent Act of Japan
April 1, 2011 IBL Journal of the Japanese Institute of International Business Law 463, Vol. 39, No. 4-After the Earthquake Disaster – Review of Force Majeure Provisions
November 2010 The U.S. Supreme Court Bilski Decision Finding Business Methods Unpatentable as Abstract Ideas, 719, Vol. 60, No.11, Intellectual Property Management, Japan Intellectual Property Association, 1879
May 2010 Have-made rights under the U.S. cases, 721, Vol. 63, No.7, Patent 92
January 2010 United States Court of Appeals, For the Sixth Circuit Decision ruling that a merger resulting from internal corporate reorganization would conflict with non-transferability of license, 571, Vol. 38, No.1, IBL Journal of the Japanese Institute of International Business Law 13
September 2009 April 8, 2009 CAFC Ruling Applying Exhaustion Doctrine Based on Covenant Not to Sue, 705, Vol. 59, No.9, Intellectual Property Management, Japan Intellectual Property Association, 1067
June 2007 How to avoid inventor disputes with employees (Patents/Employee Inventions), coauthor, 170 Managing Intellectual Property 55
February 2006 Confidence is key: China’s highest IP court and the new IP court in Japan get stuck in (2005 Review/China and Japan), coauthor, 179 Patent World 16
May 2003 Protection of Corporate Intranet Communication from Discovery – Comparison with Japanese Practice, the 3rd place in the 2003 Virginia Law Student Writing Competition/ Corporate Counsel Section of the Virginia State Bar