Kay Konishi

NICHI-EI International Patent Office, P.C., Managing Partner, Patent Attorney

  • 1996: Admitted and registered Patent Attorney in Japan
  • 2003: Further registered as Intellectual Property Litigator
  • Specializes in computer software, IT and telecommunication
  • Handles foreign and domestic patent prosecution, writes professional opinions on IP infringement and validity, and represents various clients for IP infringement litigations and appeal litigations against JPO decisions
  • - 1996: Experienced as a systems engineer in IBM Japan, in charge of computer system design of image processing, data communication, large-scale database and inter-enterprise networks
  • 2002-2003: Trainee at Oblon, Spivak P.C. in the U.S.
  • 1996-2010, May: Partner at Miyoshi & Miyoshi
  • 2006-2008: Adjunct professor at Kokugaku-in Postgraduate Law Faculty, Intellectual Property



  • Licensing Executive Society International (LESI): Vice-chair (2005-2006) and Co-chair (2006-2009) of IT&E-commerce Committee
    • Hosting various workshops on licensing and legal practice in the IT/consumer/telecom industries
    • in LES conferences (2005-present)                            
  • Association Internationale pour la Protection de la Propriété Intellectuelle (AIPPI)
  • International Federation of Intellectual Property Attorneys (FICPI), Tutor of FICPI Euro/SEAD Patent Drafting Course
  • Asian Patent Attorneys Association (APAA): Board member, Chair of Patent committee in Japan Group
  • Japan Patent Attorneys Association, 2005: Chair of Copyright committee, 2006-2007: Vice-Director of International Activity Center, Vice-Chair of Patent Committee, 2007: Executive Board Member, 2008: Chair of Patent Committee, Vice-Director of International Activity Center




  • “Issues on Software-related Inventions” (articles in “Practice in Patent prosecution”, 2000).
  • “E-commerce and Privacy” (articles in “Legal Practice/ Privacy and Reputation Protection Law”,  2001)                            
  • “Mediation/ Arbitration Under Japanese Law” (articles in “LES Nouvelles”, March 2007)
  • “EP Patent Practice Guide” (book, co-author, 2001)
  • “U.S. Patent Practice Manual” (book, author, 2004)
  • “Corporate Legal Practice for IT Companies” (book, co-author, 2004)
  • “U.S. Patent Practical Guide” (book, co-author, 2005)
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