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  Osahito MAKIYAMA, Editor & Publisher     
  Upon AIPPI (International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property) holding its World Conference in Tokyo, in 1966 -- the first time for this event to be held in Asia -- when Japan was still second to the U.S. in terms of top ranking in the world for patent applications, there was much call for intellectual property-related information to be provided from Japan.     
  In 1970, the Japanese Patent Office (JPO) and AIPPI Japan Chapter jointly edited the publication "Famous Trademarks in Japan" for which I, Osahito Makiyama, was Editorial Coordinator. In this capacity, I visited foreign-affiliated firms and embassies located in Tokyo in addition to patent & law firms around Japan, whereupon "Is there no publication in English which offers commentary as to IP-related laws and information concerning crucial court disputes involving patents?" became the stock phrase awaiting me everywhere I visited.     
  From 1971, in order to respond to the aforementioned need expressed by those at home and abroad for a medium specializing in intellectual property, "Patents & Licensing" was launched as an information service avenue to the foreign readership from Japan, with cooperation provided by JPO as well as AIPPI and, in the form of bulk publication purchases and advertisements, with support from leading patent law firms in Japan. Our company has continued publishing in the intellectual property field for more than four decades as a "long-awaited journal" which has been of great use to many.

  Teruo DOI, Regular Contributor & Editorial Advisor     
  Attorney-at-Law, a member of Daini Tokyo Bar Association and
of Counsel, Kashiwagi Sogo Law Offices, Tokyo
  Professor Emeritus of Waseda University     
  Panel Member of:
WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center;
Japan Commercial Arbitration Association (JCAA);
Japan Intellectual Property Arbitration Center (JIPAC); and,
Regional Centre for Arbitration Kuala Lumpur (KLRCA)

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