Yuichi Watanabe


Title: Partner
Qualifications: U.S. Patent Attorney and Attorney at Law
Location: Houston, Tokyo
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Yuichi Watanabe focuses his practice on patent law and works with clients in the automotive, electronics, oilfield, optics, semiconductors, software, and manufacturing industries.


Mr. Watanabe has a great deal of experience in patent preparation, prosecution, litigation, licensing, due diligence, and opinion work.  He represents domestic as well as international clients primarily in the electrical, mechanical, electromechanical, and computer engineering fields.  Being fluent in both English and Japanese at a native level, he frequently counsels Japanese companies on various aspects of U.S. patent law.

Prior to joining Osha Liang, Mr. Watanabe worked for Kai-U Patent Law Firm in Nagoya, Japan.


  • LL.M., Intellectual Property Law, George Washington University (2012)
  • J.D., University of Houston Law Center (2009), Senior Articles Editor, Houston Business & Tax Law Journal
  • B.S.E., Computer Engineering, University of Michigan-Dearborn (2005), graduated first in class


  • State Bar of Texas
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Texas
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office



  • “Lexmark International Inc. v. Impression Products Inc.: Patent Exhaustion,” presented to the IP High Court and the IP Division of the Tokyo District as a delegate of AIPLA, Tokyo, Japan (April, 20, 2016)
  • “Practice Points Relating to Prosecution of Software and Computer Implemented Inventions,” Corporate Law & IP Association, Tokyo, Japan (November 20, 2014)
  • “Update Regarding PCT and PPH at the USPTO,” Japan Patent Office, Tokyo, Japan (April 7, 2014)
  • “Patent Enforcement and Defenses for Japanese Companies,” hosted by JPAA Tokai Branch in Nagoya, Japan (Aug. 2, 2013)
  • “Effective Enforcement of US Patents for Universities,” hosted by Nagoya University in Nagoya, Japan (Aug. 1, 2013)
  • “Present state analysis of cost-reduction issues for U.S. patent prosecution,” hosted by AIGI IP Law Firm in Nagoya, Japan (July 31, 2012)
  • “Patent Enforcement – Opportunities for Japanese Companies,” hosted by RYUKA IP Law Firm in Tokyo, Japan (July 29, 2013)
  • “U.S. Technology Export Regulations and Practice,” hosted by Funai Electric. Co., Ltd. in Osaka, Japan (June 24, 2013)
  • “Recent Developments in Patent Eligibility for Computer-Implemented Inventions,” hosted by the Japan Patent Office and Japan IP High Court (Meeting for the US Bar – JPO Liaison Council) in Tokyo, Japan (June 17 & 20, 2013)
  • “U.S. Patent Claim Drafting,” hosted by Konica Minolta, Inc., Hino, Japan (Feb. 13, 2013)
  • “America Invents Act & USPTO Final Rules,” hosted by Sekisui Chemical Co., Ltd. in Minase, Japan (Nov. 15, 2012)
  • “Cost-reduction and quality control for prosecution of U.S. patent applications,” hosted by AIGI IP Law Firm in Nagoya, Japan (Jan. 20, 2012)
  • “PCT National Phase vs. Bypass Applications,” hosted by Omron Healthcare, Inc., Kyoto, Japan (Oct. 26, 2009)


  • English
  • Japanese


  • American Intellectual Property Law Association, Chair – IP Practice in Japan Committee
  • Houston Intellectual Property Law Association