Masataka Kamiyanagi


Patent  Attorney

President, Kamiyanagi IP Management

Vise President, LES Japan

Director, Institute of Intellectual Property

Auditor-secretary, National Center for Industrial Property Information and Training 

Member of the Task Force of Intellectual Property Strategy Headquarters Cabinet Secretariat

Past Managing Director, Intellectual Property Division, Seiko Epson




Masataka Kamiyanagi graduated in Electric Engineering of the Faculty of Engineering from Keio University in 1975.


He joined to Seiko Epson in 1975, where he engaged in general patent practice for about ten years and in licensing for next ten years.

He registered as a patent attorney in 1987.

He took up the position of general manager in 1995, and he had contributed to intellectual property management as a top of the Intellectual Property Division for 19 years.  

Since 2000, he had been served as an executive officer and a director, and had participated company management.

After he resigned from the managing director of Seiko Epson in June, 2014, he established Kamiyanagi IP Management.


He has a wealth of knowledge and experience of IP management, licensing,  litigation and anti-counterfeiting.


He was honored with the testimonial from the Chairman of Association of Intellectual Property Education in 2014 and the testimonial from the Commissioner of Japan Patent Office in 2015





Institute of Intellectual Property  Vol. 73

         “The Role of the IP Division in M&A”

Institute of Intellectual Property  Vol. 85

         “Current Status and Issues of the Employee Invention System”   

Intellectual Property Management Review  Vol. 14

         “Yale to the young intellectual property professional skills”



Co-author, “Instructional Book for Intellectual Property Strategy,”  R&D Planning, 2004 

Co-author, “Practical Guide for Intellectual Property Management,” Business Research Institute, 2005