Chika Teranishi is an attorney in the firm’s Chemical Patent Prosecution practice group. 

Her practice includes patent prosecution for both domestic and international clients in areas such as pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, agrichemicals, resins, alloys, polymers, and semiconductors.  Ms. Teranishi also assists with legal opinions and client counseling. 

During her undergraduate and graduate studies, Ms. Teranishi focused on molecular population genetics studies.  She was involved in research relating to DNA polymorphisms in the loci of MADS-box genes and disease resistance genes of rice.  As a graduate student, she worked as a teaching assistant, demonstrating various molecular-biological experiments. 

Ms. Teranishi also completed a course of study at a Japanese law school, aiming to bolster her ability to assist clients in international intellectual property transactions.

Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Teranishi engaged in patent searching and technology transfer with the International Technology Transfer Institute of Franklin Pierce Law Center.  In the course of such work, she contributed to a project in which extensive patent searches were conducted and the educational report, Patent Landscape of Protein/Peptide Vaccines for HIV, was compiled. 


  • University of New Hampshire School of Law (J.D.)
    • formerly Franklin Pierce Law Center
  • University of Tokyo School of Law (J.D.)
  • Kyoto University (M.S.)
    • Agricultural Science
  • Kyoto University (B.S.)
    • Agricultural Science


  • New York
  • Japan Patent Office (qualified)


Professional Affiliations

  • American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)


  • Japanese


  • DNA polymorphism in the Superwoman (SPW1)locus of the wild rice Oryza rufipogon and its related species,”Teranishi, C., Yoshida, K., Miyashita, N.T., Genes Genet. Syst. (2008) 83, p. 403-415.