Medical IP Strategy Team
Outline of the Team
Establishing a system conducive to help the results of basic medical researches evolve into practical use and putting forth efforts in the management of intellectual property (IP) of such results have become important themes for any medical university or research institution. At Chiba University, in particular, these must be pursued and attained in order to take steps towards high-functionality and innovation creation on its Inohana Campus. To that end, with respect to any technology seeds in the medical, pharmaceutical or biotechnology areas, the Medical IP Strategy Team of the Future Medicine Education and Research Organization (FMERO) is to be responsible for the following matters regardless whether a technology seed is obtained from research conducted by the researchers of the university alone or from researches conducted jointly by the researchers of the university and by certain external institutions, entities, or companies:
- Systematic search for technology seeds in the medical, pharmaceutical or biotechnology areas
- Comparing technology seeds with prior art, studying into data necessary or beneficial for the filing of patent applications, and providing of other counseling and consultation in any IP-related matters
- In-take of Invention Disclosure（Invention Disclosure Form Download word）
- Institutional evaluation of technology seeds
- Preparation for the filing of patent applications, selection of and instruction to external patent firms
- Filing of joint patent applications together with external institutions, entities, or companies
- Academia-industry collaboration, technology transfer
- Arrangements for compensation to researchers
- Drafting and negotiation of international joint research agreements
- Drafting and negotiation of international MTAs
- Offering of lectures on IP
- Management and project formulation to help technology seeds evolve into clinical researches
- Matching of the interests of the researchers of the university with the interests of external companies
On IP, Generally
Kenichi Osawa, Professor
Japanese Patent Attorney, US Attorney (NY, DC), received M.S. degree in biotechnology in Japan and Juris Doctor degree in U.S. He has served in this position since 2019. He has extensive experience in preparing and filing of patent applications, and rendering legal advice and opinions concerning patent strategies, technology licensing, the infringement of and the validity of patents.
Yasuhiko Matsumoto, Associate Professor
Completed graduate study program for M.S. After working as a public high school teacher, joined the intellectual property and technology transfer department of a university, and engaged in patent acquisition and technology transfer.
After that, set up a consulting company and worked on building a drug discovery ecosystem.
Also contributed to the development of the food industry as a project manager at Kyushu Bio Cluster Conference.
After serving as an associate professor at Tokushima University in 2019, In the present job since 2020.
Areas of specialization include patent practice, technology transfer, industry-academia collaboration.
Yoko Shinagawa, Associate Professor
Patent attorney. Completed graduate study program for M.S. The early part of career includes aggregate ten years of work experience of researcher at a chemical company and of specialist to support researchers of University of Tokyo, during which obtained qualification as patent attorney. After that, joined the Japan Patent Office in the capacity of patent examiner to deal with organic chemistry-related cases and matters. In the present job since 2016. Areas of specialization include patent practice and patent law.
Junzo Koike, Associate Professor
Patent attorney, Ph.D. in Medicine. Completed graduate study program for M.S. Worked for a chemical/ pharmaceutical company in the capacity of researcher for 4 years. After that, pursued and completed graduate study program for Ph.D. Then, stepped into patent practice in biology, pharmaceutical and other broad fields at a prominent patent firm. In the present job since 2018. Areas of specialization include immunology, patent practice and patent law.
Jun Shimada, Research Fellow
Completed graduate study program for M.S. Then, spent aggregate 8 years as either a researcher or an IP specialist at a research institution, or a university, or a company. Her work experience with the company extended to the creation and evaluation of transgenic mouse and providing of support for IP training and education, as well as prior art search. After that, changed the career into patent practice in a patent firm. In the present job since 2019. Areas of specialization include patent practice and patent law.
Clerical Assistant – 1
Osamu Ohara, Professor
Professor of FMERO, and Deputy Director of Kazusa DNA Research Institute. Areas of specialization are biophysics and molecular biology. PhD in Science (Biophysics), Kyoto University in 1983. Shionogi Pharmaceutical Research Center in 1983. Post-doc fellow under the mentorship of Walter Gilbert at Harvard University from 1986-1988, Laboratory head of DNA Technology in 1994, Deputy Director of Kazusa DNA Research Institute since 2009. Director of Laboratory for Integrative Genomics, RIKEN Center for Integrative Medical Science since 2013.
If you need assistance, please do not hesitate to contact the person in charge. The following information is necessary for the consultation process.
- Researcher information: name, affiliation, email address, and phone number
- Overview of already obtained technology seeds and/or IP, or of potential technology seeds and/or IP
- Necessity of urgent consultation