Yorikatsu Hohokabe, Ph.D., CLP is a senior advisor in the firm’s Chemical Patent Prosecution practice group as well as the IP Transactions practice group. Dr. Hohokabe provides Oblon’s attorneys and clients with technical advice, facilitates English/Japanese communications between attorneys and clients, and assists in the operations of the firm’s Tokyo office.
Before joining Oblon, Dr. Hohokabe worked for nearly four decades for Showa Denko K.K., a large, diversified chemical and production company in Japan with annual sales over $10 billion. During his career at Showa Denko, Dr. Hohokabe was a Senior Corporate Officer (Senior Chief Technologist), General Manager of the Intellectual Property Department, in charge of IP operations of the company, Chief Manager of new business development, and in charge of research and development management of the entire company.
While at Showa Denko, Dr. Hohokabe’s invention of (and technology for) a plastic lens for eyeglasses was sold to a manufacturer in Japan.
Dr. Hohokabe has earned the Certified Licensing Professional (CLP) credential awarded by Certified Licensing Professionals, Inc., first in East Asia. This program recognizes professionals in the fields of licensing, business development and commercialization of intellectual property.