Attorney profiles

Megumu Kurokawa


1983 Graduated from Shibaura Institute of Technology, Department of Architecture
1985-1988 Technical Advisor, Miyoshi International Patent Office
1988-1991 Technical Advisor, Patent Attorney, Suzuki International Patent & Trademark Office
1989 Registered as Patent Attorney
1991-2004 Patent Attorney, Isshiki International Patent Office (2003- Isshiki & Co.)
2004-2007 Appointed as Judicial Research Official at Tokyo High Court, IP division (2005- Intellectual Property High Court)
2007 Joined Abe, Ikubo & Katayama
2010 Chairperson of Patent Committee, Japan Patent Attorneys Association
2010 to date Member of Interim Committee of Industrial Property Council (Examiner of the Patent Attorneys Examination (Patent Law, Utility Model Law))
2012 Qualified as patent attorney admitted to practice intellectual property infringement litigation
2012 to date Researcher at Central Research Institute of Intellectual Property, Japan Patent Attorneys Association
2012 to date Lecturer at Hitotsubashi University Graduate School of International Corporate Strategy

Main Areas of Practice

Kurokawa handled numerous patent matters in the fields of machinery, electronics and chemistry in patent offices for almost 20 years, which brought him expertise from obtaining patent to exercising the patent rights. He also developed his career in the IP division at the Tokyo High Court and the IP High Court, supporting judges as a Judicial Research Official on technical aspects in patent lawsuits against appeal/trial board decisions and patent infringement cases mainly in the mechanical field.

He is dealing mainly with patent infringement cases, lawsuits against appeal/trial board decisions and providing expert opinions, using his experience and expertise in patent offices and the High Court.


  • "Intellectual Property in Electronics and Software" (co-author), Globe Business Publishing Ltd. (2013)
  • "Important Court Decisions on Patents in Japan, the United States, and Europe" (co-author), Abac Zoom, Inc. (2013)
  • "Claim Construction in Patent Infringement Lawsuits" (co-author), Patent (Separate Volume), Vol. 9 (2013)
  • "Judicial Practicalities after 2011 Revision of Patent Act," Patent, Vol.2012/02 (2012)
  • "New Commentary on Patent Law (Shin Chukai Tokkyo-ho), Vol.2, Articles 126-128, 134bis-134ter, and 181" (co-author), Seirin Shoin (2011)
  • "Meaning of ‘Shall Not Substantially Enlarge or Alter the Scope of Claims’" (co-author), Patent (Separate Volume), Vol.4 (2011)
  • "Meaning of Common Technical Knowledge in Patent Law" (co-author), New Trend in Intellectual Property Laws (Chiteki Zaisan-ho no Atarashii Nagare): Collection of Essays in Commemoration of Mr. Eiji Katayama's 60th Birthday, Seirin Shoin (2010)
  • "Intellectual Property Disputes and ADR," JCA Journal, Vol.51, No.3 (2004)
  • "Overview of Patent Applicatioin Procedure," Forefront of Patent Practice (Tokkyo Jitsumu no Saisentan), edited by Daini Tokyo Bar Association Study Group of Intellectual Properties, Shoji Homu (2004)
  • "Functions and Practicalities of ADR," Inventions (Hatsumei), Vol.99, No.11 (2002)