Morrison & Foerster

Japan

Review

Dispute resolution

Morrison & Foerster has the largest dispute resolution team in Japan among international firms with over 30 dedicated litigators on the ground. The firm is particularly strong in IP and commercial disputes including international arbitration, construction and consumer class action disputes. It also has internal investigation expertise covering product mislabelling, construction defects and white-collar crime.

One of the firm’s key individuals is Louise Stoupe who has particular strength in international arbitration and litigation. She is known to represent some of the biggest technology companies in the world in their complex commercial disputes. Robert Hollingshead and Max Olson are well-known IP practitioners. Other names to note include Chie Yakura and Yukihiro Terazawa.

In one IP highlight, the team filed a patent infringement action for JOLED against Samsung Electronics and Samsung Display concerning fundamental OLED display technology and the accused products include Samsung’s Galaxy smartphones. Partner Max Olson led the trial team in what was the largest plaintiff’s case that he has filed during his long and storied career. The covered infringing sales in the US alone were about $100 billion.

Other case samples include the team representing Fujitsu Semiconductor in a multi-million dollar global dispute involving photomasks against Cypress Semiconductor Corp; representing Socionext in a US patent litigation filed by Computer Circuit Operations; and representing Cadence Design Systems in a US patent litigation filed by Computer Circuit Operations.

During the research period, the firm’s Tokyo office hired Takahiro Nonaka as partner from DLA Piper. Tomohiko Kimura was promoted to partner in early 2021.

Key clients of the firm include Buffalo, Denso Ten and Fujitsu America.