Harukuni Ito has more than 20 years of practice experience in litigation, arbitration, and commercial transactions involving intellectual property.
Harukuni has extensive experience handling patent litigation before Japanese courts and proceedings before the Japan Patent Office in areas including electronics, automotive, machinery, and pharmaceuticals. He also has represented clients before Japanese courts in litigation involving various types of unfair competition practices, including trade secret misappropriation, confusing indication of goods and business, imitation of the configuration of another person's goods, and infringement of business reputation. In addition, he has represented individuals in employee invention litigation and moral rights litigation.
Harukuni has particular experience in commercial law involving technology-related international transactions, such as technology/product licenses, research and development, and technology-based joint ventures.
In recent years, Harukuni’s practice has focused on commercial transactions and dispute resolution in the life sciences sector. He has handled a number of licensing, supply, co-promotion, and other types of transaction documents in the sector. He also has handled multiple international arbitration proceedings related to pharma license disputes.
Harukuni also represents clients in non-IP litigation and disputes, such as contract, labor, and shareholder derivative litigation.
He works comfortably with clients in Japanese and in English.
- May 2021
- October 2020
- August 2019
- November 2013
- Northwestern University (LL.M. 2007); The Legal Training and Research Institute of the Supreme Court of Japan (2001); University of Tokyo (LL.B. 1994)
- Japan (Daini Tokyo Bar Association) and New York
- English, Japanese