Visiting Japan

23 November 2015

Some of Haseltine Lake’s Patent Attorneys have just returned from their one-week tour of Japan, delivering seminars to the local patent community, and visiting existing and prospective clients. The tour proved an effective and exciting way to maintain our relationship with our Japanese contacts and establish new links within the country.

Our seminars in Tokyo and Osaka were well received by the respective audiences. Around 120 Japanese intellectual property professionals attended from both industry and private practice, keen to develop their knowledge of European patent law and practice. The seminars were chaired by Haseltine Lake Partner James Ward from our Munich office, and the audience heard presentations from myself and Partners Frances Wilding and Tim Stebbing.

Robert Margue presenting

A drinks receptions followed the seminars, which allowed us to discuss any arising issues in an informal setting, as well as the opportunity to discuss non-IP related matters such as global issues, foreign cuisines, or travel and sightseeing.

Haseltine Lake has been working on behalf of, and together with, Japanese clients for more than 60 years. While day-to-day client contact happens primarily in writing, the chance to meet our partners in person offers a welcome change, and allows both sides to improve their understanding of requirements and needs of the other party. On a personal level, travelling to the Far East also allows us to learn about the culture and customs of an exotic and fascinating place. By improving our understanding of the local culture, we can perfect our service offering to existing and prospective clients in Japan.

Speaking of sightseeing, when travelling afar on business, I personally like to spend some time visiting tourist attractions, as well as gathering local impressions from within my destination. A shrine dedicated to the deified spirits of Emperor Meiji (1852 – 1912) and his wife, and a giant Buddha dating from the 13th century AD were my personal landmark features this time.

Buddha statue

It will not come as a surprise that I am already looking forward to the next trip to Japan – both for professional and personal reasons. 

Robert Margue

Partner

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Robert Margue
Robert Margue
Location: Munich (Germany)
Frances Wilding
Frances Wilding
Location: London (UK)
James Ward
James Ward
Location: Munich (Germany)
Tim Stebbing
Tim Stebbing
Location: London (UK)

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