Head of Japan’s IP High Court retires
Tomokatsu Tsukahara, the chief judge of Japan’s IP High Court, has retired.
Tsukahara, who joined the Court when it was established in 2005, will become a professor in the law faculty of Waseda University.
He will also be registered as a lawyer and will spend two days a week working for the law firm TMI Associates in Tokyo.
His replacement has not yet been announced, but IP practitioners expect it to be the next most senior judge, Tetsuhiro Nakano, who is the presiding judge at the second division of the IP High Court.
Managing IP interviewed Tsukahara as part of its 2007 Japan IP Focus and he also featured in the 2007 list of the 50 most influential people in IP.