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Specialist in Law and Business Development for an IP Law Firm

Sonoda & Kobayashi Intellectual Property Law | 園田・小林弁理士法人

Sonoda & Kobayashi Intellectual Property Law | 園田・小林弁理士法人

Job ID
Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
Post date
Jul 5, 2024
Legal Services
Business Planning, Project Planning
Work Type
Full Time / Experienced (Non-Manager)
Remote work
¥4.5M ~ ¥6.0M / Year
  • Negotiable


  • English: Native level (preferred)
  • Japanese: Business level (preferred)
  • Visa sponsorship available


We are looking for a motivated professional willing to contribute to the international
business development of a dynamic Japanese intellectual property law firm.

What you'll be doing:
You will be working with colleagues in our International Affairs Department to:
➢ Develop business opportunities and increase clients
- Prospect and identify new clients and key marketing/advertising partners;
- Negotiate, implement and manage the closing of new business;
- Organize and attend business trips and conferences to find new clients;
- Conceptualize and implement new strategies for business development;
➢ Client relations management
- Facilitate communication between international client companies and our firm;
- Discuss complex technical and legal issues arising from Japanese IP law with
our clients both orally and in writing;
- Monitor client relationships;
- Review internal procedures so that they are in line with clients' needs and
- Negotiate with clients for services and fees;
- Draft IP related newsletters and presentations;
- Study IP laws of different jurisdictions;
- Organize/participate in Japanese IP law seminars for international clients;
- Gather and analyze data on patent filing activity in Japan and elsewhere; and
- Maintaining client database.

The ideal candidate will have the following profile:
✓ University degree.
✓ Background in business development or client relations management
Alternatively knowledge of and experience in law or legal services (intellectual
property is a strong plus)
✓ Organized, keen on details, independent, and motivated.
✓ Winning personality with excellent communication skills.

✓ Creative mindset with the ability to conceptualize and implement new ideas to
improve our business.
✓ Open-minded and willing to work with different people from various cultural
✓ Be willing and motivated to go on business trips outside of Japan, mostly to the US
and European countries (need to be able to travel to the US and EU without visa)
✓ Work experience: mid-level

Required language proficiency:
✓ English: Native level or business fluency
✓ Japanese: JLPT N2 or higher, or a strong commitment to learn
✓ Fluency in other languages such as Chinese, French, German, or other European
languages is a plus.
Tokyo, Japan, with the possibility of working from home.

What's in it for you:
At Sonoda & Kobayashi, we recognize the value of our employees and engage them as true
partners in running our business.
Our firm has over 25 years of experience in offering intellectual property services in Japan to a
wide variety of companies from around the world. We pride ourselves on our culture of open
communication towards our clients and within our firm. We are a company with an international
outlook that values the expertise and opinions of our staff.
We offer a place in our small team at the International Affairs Department to help us develop
business, manage client relations and much more.
While working from our office in Shinjuku will be necessary at times, and is often
recommended, we offer the opportunity of working from home.
Come be a part of our team!

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