Jinzo Fujino

Adjunct Professor

Tokyo University of Science, Graduate School of Innovation Studies

Department of Intellectual Property Strategies



Mr. Fujino was born in Iwate Prefecture, Japan, in 1949. In 1973, he obtained a BA from Fukushima University for economics. In 1996, he obtained a master of law from Waseda University, School of Law, where he focused his research on competition law and intellectual property law.



In 1983, Mr. Fujino was employed by NGB Corporation, a Tokyo-based IP service-provider.  In 1992, he moved to an American general practice law firm, Morrison & Foerster, where he was Director of Operations at its Tokyo Office. He was an interface between Japanese clients and American lawyers in IP litigations. In 1997, Mr. Fujino returned to NGB to be an executive researcher at the newly established IP Research Institute of NGB. In 2005, he moved to Tokyo University of Science (TUS), Master of Intellectual Property (MIP) as a full-time professor until March 31, 2015.


Academic Activities

At TUS/MIP, Mr. Fujino was responsible for the administration of his department as deputy dean for the period from 2011 to 2014. He is the char of Japan Association of University of Intellectual Property Studies (JAUIP) and the chair of the Japan University of Accreditation Association (JUAA, 2014-2015). He presented at Law Schools of Renmin University and Tsinghua University in China, and lectured at Hongik University in Korea. Mr. Fujino is a lecturer at The University of Tokyo, School of Engineering.



Mr. Fujino contributed IP-related articles in English to various journals including: AIPPI Japan’s English Journal, les Nouvelles, Patent World, IP Asia and IIC. His article “Japan on its way to revitalization” was published in the LICENSING BEST PRACTICES,” published by John Wiley & Sons, 2006. His paper “Legal theories to combat patent holdup in Japan” was read at the SIIT in 2009. He wrote several books in Japanese: “Intellectual Property and Technology Standard”(2015), “How to Read Legal Document in English” (2011), “Business and Standardization” (2009), “Introduction to Japanese IP law” (2003) and “Patents and Technology Standards” (1998).


Mr. Fujino is a member of the Licensing Executive Society Japan (LESJ). He was a LESJ’s Executive Committee Member for 1992-1999 and 2002-2008, and Editor-in-chief of LESJ’s English language newsletter “WINDS from Japan.”  He serviced as a Co-Chair of LES International Communications Committee for 1997-1998; and an Editorial Review Board Member to the LES International’s quarterly journal les Nouvelles for 1996-2004. He is a member of the academic associations of the Intellectual Property Association of Japan (IPAJ) and the Comparative Law Association.