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Tatsuo Yabe, Partner
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Mug ShotMr. Tatsuo Yabe has a strong background in mechanical, electrical and electromechanical technologies as well as more than twenty years of experience working at Japanese Patent Attorney firms. Mr. Yabe received his B.S. degree, with honors, and M.S. degree, in mechanical engineering from Akron University in Ohio. Mr. Yabe obtained his LL.M. degree from George Washington University Law School and LL.B. degree from Kobe University. He is admitted to practice law in the state of New York, has passed the U.S. Patent Bar Exam, and is a member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association, American Bar Association, and New York Bar Association.

Mr. Yabe has extensive experience handling patent prosecution matters for U.S., European, and other foreign clients involving electrical and mechanical technologies. Mr. Yabe has also provided advice and opinions concerning validity, infringement, and enforceability of U.S. patents.

Mr. Yabe, who is proficient in Japanese and English, heads our educational group and frequently holds seminars in Japan regarding U.S. patent laws/rules/practices. Mr. Yabe is also involved in the U.S. Bar-Prep Course in Japan where he gives advice to those Japanese candidates who wish to obtain U.S. Bar qualification. Mr. Yabe also maintains our firm’s web page dedicated to U.S. Patent Related Information in Japanese. ( He created this web page in 1997 following the Warner-Jenkins decision and it is known to be the first Japanese language website dedicated to U.S. patent practice.

Prior to entering the patent field, Mr. Yabe worked for Mitsubishi Electric Engineering Corporation as a mechanical engineer, designing automotive parts. During his work at Mitsubishi, he obtained two U.S. Patents, US 4,808,871 and US 4,821,588.

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