- Education and Personal History
Mr. Kitano practices exclusively in the field of patent law, with a focus on life science, chemistry, pharmaceuticals, material science, and food materials. He has more than a decade of experience in drafting and prosecuting patent applications worldwide. Freedom to operate, patentability, validity, and non-infringement opinions form a significant part of his practice. He also received extensive training in U.S.-based IP law firms for over a year. The technologies in which Mr. Kitano has been significantly involved include stem cells, iPS cells, antibodies, CAR-T cells, biosimilars, vaccines, nucleic acid sequences, siRNA, immunotherapy, enzymes, biomarkers, biological assays, microorganisms, DNA cloning and amplification techniques, genetic vectors, medical treatments, biofuels, new chemical compounds, pharmaceutical formulations, foods, beverages, flavor materials, inorganic catalysts, optical films, binding materials, and coating materials. He is particularly strong in the area of new uses for known compounds. Backed by his overseas education and professional experience, Mr. Kitano is able to maintain close communication with international clients. He often travels overseas to meet clients and to attend international conferences.
Okayama University, B.S., Molecular Biology, Agricultural Science, 2003
Ryerson University, Canada, M.S., Enzymatic Engineering, Environmental Science, 2005
Japan Patent Attorneys Association (JPAA) from 2009
Passed U.S. Patent Agent Exam, 2009
JPAA International Activities Center Committee from 2014
JPAA AIPLA Project Team from 2014
Asian Patent Attorneys Association (APAA) from 2015
Litigating Patent Attorney from 2012
Japanese IP Law and Practice CIPA/ITMA Seminar in London, UK: Product-by-Process Claims after Supreme Court Decisions in 2015
APAA Seminar: Novelty in the U.S. when Claimed Numerical Ranges Overlap with Prior Art
AIPLA, IP Practice in Japan Pre-Meeting, US: Product-by-Process Claims: Supreme Court Decisions
AIPLA, IP Practice in Japan Pre-Meeting, US: Post-Grant Opposition and Revisions to Examination Guidelines in Japan
Saegusa Annual Seminar, Japan: Tips on Filing Amendments in the U.S.
Seminar Hosted by LEYDIG, VOIT & MAYER, LTD., Chuo Sogo Law Office, and Saegusa & Partners, Japan: Comparative Studies on Purpose Limited Inventions in Japan and the U.S.