Yuichi Watanabe


Title: Partner
Qualifications: U.S. Patent Attorney and Attorney at Law

Location: Houston, Tokyo
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Yuichi Watanabe understands the importance of intellectual property (IP) to businesses.  He leverages his diverse experience and international background to deliver unique insights and practical, cost-effective solutions to help clients succeed in today’s global marketplace.

Yuichi is well-versed in all facets of U.S. patent law and maintains a broad practice.  Early in his legal career, his practice focused primarily on complex patent litigation in district court and at the International Trade Commission (ITC).  He has experience in all phases of litigation in a range of technologies including biomedical devices, consumer electronics, oilfield equipment, and papermaking machinery.  Today, he is involved in virtually every aspect of patent practice including application drafting and prosecution, due diligence, licensing, district court litigation, ITC investigations, opinion preparation, and global patent portfolio management.


Yuichi represents both domestic and foreign clients across a wide spectrum of industries.  Being fully bilingual in Japanese and English, he is especially adept at representing Japanese corporate clients on sophisticated IP matters.  He has also authored numerous articles on U.S. patent law in both Japanese and English, including academic articles for prominent law journals such as the Virginia Journal of Law & Technology (University of Virginia School of Law) and the Houston Business & Tax Law Journal (University of Houston Law Center).

An internationally sought-after speaker on IP topics, Yuichi frequently travels around the world for speaking engagements with various professional organizations as well as academic and government institutions, such as the American Intellectual Property Law Association, Intellectual Property Institute of Canada, Taiwan Patent Attorneys Association, Japan Patent Attorneys Association, Japan Intellectual Property Association, Corporate Legal & IP Association, Nagoya University, Taiwan Intellectual Property Office, Japan Patent Office, and Intellectual Property High Court of Japan.


  • LL.M., Intellectual Property Law, George Washington University (2012)
  • J.D., University of Houston Law Center (2009)
  • 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

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  • “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 (native)


  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Houston Intellectual Property Law Association