Satoshi Watanabe

Satoshi Watanabe

Owner, Patent Attorney, WATANABE Research & Consulting

I'd like to develop my professional network

Currently employed at WATANABE Research & Consulting, HTB Innovation, Shobayashi International Patent & Trademark Office

Previous: Shobayashi International Patent & Trademark Office, Intellecutal Ventures, Ibm



    Satoshi Watanabe is a consultant having a background as Japan patent attorney and intellectual property (IP) analyst with more than 20 years of experiences. He helps his client’s business development or expansion by maximizing IP value, and serving as a bridge between Japan and other countries, while working for the fastest growing Japanese IP firm and Chinese IP management company. He started his career at IBM as an engineer for system evaluation on competitors' products. He was involved in a copyright (software) litigation to produce evidence, and that became an opportunity to move to IP department. He handled all types of IP matters including patent, copyright, trademark, contract, and license. When he began to take an interest in open innovation, he moved to Intellectual Ventures (IV). At IV, for its Invention Development Fund (IDF, currently Xinova), he worked with researchers and engineers to create great ideas for solution of critical issues and monetization.




At WATANABE Research & Consulting

From January 2018 to Present - IP Intelligence for Business - Open Innovation - Business Development


At HTB Innovation

From October 2017 to Present
Working as a consultant. HTB Innovation's core businesses are: - Intellectual Property Management - Investment & Incubation - Technology Transfer

Adviser, Patent Attorney

At Shobayashi International Patent & Trademark Office

From April 2016 to Present

Patent Attorney

At Shobayashi International Patent & Trademark Office

From November 2014 to December 2015

Assistant Director

At Intellecutal Ventures

From January 2009 to August 2014
Worked with external researchers, engineers and individual inventors in Japan and overseas to generate solutions (inventions) that can solve critical problems our customers have or will possibly have in the future. Also, worked with the monetization team to license patents to customers. - Inventor...
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Senior IP Attorney/ Asia Pacific IP Staff

At Ibm

From April 1995 to January 2009
Worked as a responsible attorney for Japan Global Services to provide one-stop IP services, such as patent related work, contract review, copyright (including software licenses, publications) review, trademark related work, and consulting Patent related work - Conducted patent promotion activities,...
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Engineer, Tokyo System Evaluation Laboratory

At Ibm

From April 1986 to April 1995
- Evaluated products, more particulaly system architecture, operating system, sub-systems. - Analyzed patents to predict future products. - Handled a copyright infringement case (lawsuit in Japan).


  • Analysis
  • Business development
  • Due Diligence
  • Intellectual property
  • Legal counsel
  • Licensing
  • Negotiation
  • Technology

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