May 20, 2019Press Release

Michael Best Bolsters Intellectual Property Practice with Addition of Partner Arimi Yamada

Michael Best is pleased to announce that Arimi Yamada has joined the firm’s Intellectual Property Practice Group as a partner in Washington, D.C. She was previously a founding partner at IP boutique law firm, Typha IP LLP, and will be joined by four Intellectual Property professionals from her former firm.

Yamada will focus her practice on intellectual property and patent matters for Japanese businesses with operations in the U.S. With more than twenty years of experience, she manages patent prosecution on behalf of clients, advises on actions coming out of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and the Japan Patent Office, and counsels clients on patent litigation and inter partes review. Her industry experience spans a number of advanced technologies, including computer software, telecommunications, display, semiconductor, and organic chemistry.

In addition to her work in Intellectual Property matters, Yamada assists clients with U.S.-Japanese related legal needs, including corporate, transactional, regulatory, trade, and cross-border investment matters. 

“We are excited about this opportunity to strengthen our Intellectual Property capabilities for companies in Asia, specifically the Japanese market,” said Glen Weitzer, Chair of Michael Best’s Intellectual Property practice group. “Alongside our colleague, Yoichiro Yamaguchi, who himself has an extensive overseas network and experience in Japanese IP law, the addition of Arimi will further open up doors to collaboration with attorneys in the corporate, labor & employment, real estate and government relations practices to assist their growth in the Japanese market.”

Yamada is licensed to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and the Japan Patent Office. She earned an LL.M. from the George Washington University Law School, an LL.M. from Temple University Beasley School of Law, and a master’s degree and B.A. from Meiji University. After earning her law degree, Arimi also taught law courses as an adjunct professor at two Japanese universities.

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