Attorney profiles

Kaoru Kuroda


1996 BS in Chemistry, Faculty of Science, Kyoto University
1998 MS in Chemistry, Graduate School of Sciences, Kyoto University
1998-2000 Joined ION Patent
1998 Registered as patent attorney
2000 Joined Abe, Ikubo & Katayama
2004-2006 Keio Law School
2006 The Legal Training and Research Institute
(the class 60th graduate)
2007 Admitted to the Daiichi Tokyo Bar Association
Resumed practice at Abe, Ikubo & Katayama
2010-2012 Overseas Training
LLM, University of Virginia School of Law (2011), Judicial Intern for the Honorable Chief Judge Randall R. Rader at U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (Aug. 2011 - Jan. 2012), Visiting Attorney at Kirkland & Ellis in Chicago (Mar. 2012 – Sep. 2012)
2011 Passed the New York Bar
2012 Admitted to the New York Bar
2012 Resumed practice at Abe, Ikubo & Katayama
2012-2014 Examiner of Industrial Property Council
(for Patent Attorney Examination)
2015-2016 Lecturer at Japan Association of Universities for Intellectual Property (JAUIP)
2015- Lecturer at Graduate School of Frontier Science, University of Tokyo
2015- Lecturer at International Corporate Strategy, Hitotsubashi University
2016- Examiner of Industrial Property Council
(for Patent Attorney Examination)
2016- Lecturer at Graduate School of Law, Kobe University
2018- Member of Design System Subcommittee of IP Committee, Industrial Structure Council, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry


  • Japan Patent Attorneys Association (JPAA)

Main Areas of Practice

After receiving a Master of Science in chemistry, she had dealt with prosecution in the field of chemicals, pharmaceuticals and machines for around 8 years as a patent attorney. Being qualified as an attorney-at-law in 2007, she has been mainly engaged in IP litigation, especially patent litigation in a wide variety of technical fields, invalidation trials and litigation rescinding the trial decision for Japanese and foreign corporations as well as unfair competition cases. She also has the experience of being involved in the large-scale suit regarding Financial Instruments and Exchange Act.


  • "Efforts To Establish Clear Standards For Exhaustion In Japan" Washington Journal of Law, Technology & Arts, Volume 7, Issue 4 Spring 2012 (Co-author)
  • "Indirect Infringement of Patent for Combination of Drugs" AIPPI International Edition Vo.38 No.3
  • "Study on Requirements for Claiming Damages Based on Lost Profits" AIPPI International Edition Vo.38 No.4 (Co-author)