About Us

Introduction

Allegro IP was established separating from a long established Japanese IP law firm, Yanagida & Associates, which was founded in 1973.  We were members of the foreign clients team at the Yanagida firm, and our team were selected from competent attorneys who are capable of providing the best services to foreign clients.  Therefore, we believe that we are well experienced and that we are familiar with how to proceed with foreign clients’ cases in Japan.
Meanwhile, our firm launched in 2016.  As a new IP law firm, we have thoroughly streamlined the firm’s system.  The firm’s operation is extremely sophisticated in all aspects, including security, administration, billing, etc., but at the same time, we have tried to reduce waste to keep the costs to be charged to our clients to a minimum.  Further, at our firm, only experienced partner attorneys handle cases before the Japan Patent Office, and there are no paralegals or associate attorneys.
Therefore, we pride ourselves in Allegro combining the merits of new and old-line firms, and are confident that we can provide our best services to clients in a timely, high-quality, and cost effective manner.

2016

Allegro IP Founded

Allegro IP is founded in Shin-Yokohama area by Hiroshi Higuchi.  The mission: to support the most advanced companies and universities across the world in obtaining strong and valuable patent and trademark protection in Japan.

2017

Startup

We greatly appreciate that 20+ overseas companies, universities, and individuals kindly appoint us as representative IP attorneys to handle their patents and trademarks in Japan from the very beginning of our firm.

2018

Growth

We actively meet and talk with overseas applicants and associates to discuss Japanese patent matters at BIO Asia, nano tech, APAA (Asian Patent Attorneys Association) in India, Bio Japan, etc.  Further, one of our partners takes an active part in the international activities center of the JPAA (Japan Patent Attorneys Association) and also gets places on the AIPLA (American Intellectual Property Law Association) PG and the IPO (Intellectual Property Owners Association) PG.

2019

Office Relocation

Allegro IP office is relocated to WeWork in Minatomirai area to enhance our teamwork and to serve our clients better.

Attorney Work Principle

Only experienced IP attorneys are in charge of your cases before the Japan Patent Office, and there are no paralegals or associate attorneys.  All of our IP attorneys have:

  • at least 18 years of IP-related experience
  • worked in both IP Law Firms and Companies
  • technical expertise to understand cutting edge inventions
  • graduated from national universities

Abundant Experience

Our firm is based on the foreign clients team at a long established firm.  The members were selected from among competent IP attorneys who are capable of providing the best services to foreign clients and are familiar with how to proceed with foreign clients’ cases in Japan.  Our team has:

  • worked together for over 15 years
  • supported over 200 foreign clients including large multinational corporations, the most advanced universities, and individual entrepreneurs
  • filed 500+ PCT national phase entries into Japan and handled 3,000+ prosecutions

Past Achievement – Time Saving

Patent Application Publication
144 days v. 172 days 16%
Request for Examination
3 days v. 30 days 90%
Response to Office Action
7 days v. 30 days 76.7%
Patent Registration
8 days v. 64 days 87.5%

Past Achievement – Cost Reduction

National Phase Filling Fee
JPY 60,000 v. JPY 100,000 60%
Translation Rate
JPY 25 v. JPY 35 71.4%
Attorney Hourly Rate
JPY 20,000 v. JPY 30,000 66.7%

About

Allegro IP is a boutique IP law firm in Japan.  We have streamlined the firm system and strategy to exclusively focus on patent & trademark matters in Japan for overseas clients, so that we can provide our best services to our clients in a timely, high-quality and cost effective manner.  Our hope is that ALL of the clients that we provide our services to may GROW together with our firm, and that we may assist the global expansion of our clients.

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