Firm Profile


Morrison & Foerster was one of the first international law firms to be licensed in Japan, when we opened our Tokyo office in 1987. Today, the firm is the largest and most diversified international law firm in Japan, and includes the Japan admitted lawyers of the Registered Associated Offices of Ito & Mitomi, who work side-by-side with Morrison & Foerster attorneys.

Our Tokyo-based attorneys are highly experienced in key industry sectors, including computer products and peripherals, semiconductors, software, life sciences, information technology, telecommunications, and financial services. 


Morrison & Foerster’s Tokyo Office has extensive experience in cross-border licensing, technology, content, branding, and other intellectual property transactions, as well as the intellectual property components of M&A transactions, and other transactions relating to the transfer of technology. Our Tokyo attorneys regularly coordinate with Japanese patent attorneys to assist our clients with Japanese intellectual property matters, including, Japanese patent, trademark, and domain name applications and registrations, and we are experienced in integrating such Japan-specific matters into clients’ global intellectual property strategies. We are recognized as a Tier 1 firm by Chambers Asia and Asia Pacific Legal 500, and were voted Firm of the Year by Asian Counsel for our intellectual property practice. 


Notable Practitioners


Craig Celniker 

Max Olson


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