Senior Advisor


Current Practice Areas

Prior to joining Prezio in 2011, Mr. Shin Sakai worked for the Japan Patent Office for 36 years, including three years of secondment at Tokyo High Court.


Career at Japan Patent Office:
• Examiner (for first four years as Assistant Examiner), Apr. 1973 - Mar. 1997
- Third Examination Department (Industrial Machinery, General Machinery, Logistics Machinery, Transportation)
- Fifth Examination Department (Electrical Equipment)
• Director (Third Examination Department, Distribution Equipment), April 1997 - March 1998
• Chief Administrative Judge (31st Board of Trial and Appeal (Applied Optics)), Apr. 1998 - Mar. 1999
• Chief Administrative Judge (12th Board of Trial Appeal (General Machinery)), April 1999 - March 2001
• Director of 12th Board of Trial and Appeal, April 2001 to March 2002
• On secondment to Tokyo High Court as Research Official, April 2002 - March 2005
• Senior Director of Sixth Board of Trial and Appeal (Printing & Printer), Apr. 2005 - March 2009

Areas of Technology:
Floor Brusher (A47), Hermetic Compressor (F04), Fluidic Machinery (F04, F03), Transmission Structure and Control (F16, B60, G05), Robot and Transporting Machines (B25, B65), Wires/Cables (Hsec), Electric Connectors and Connectors (H01), Automobiles (B60/ mainly Motorcycles B62), Vessel (B63), Aircraft (B64), Printing/Printer (B41 - 43, G03), Amusement (Sports, Office Equipment) (A63), General Machinery (Fsec), Cooling Equipment/Machinery, Navigation Systems, Traffic Control and Alarms, Power Generation and Electric Power Conversion

Career in Private Sector:
• Industrial Property Cooperation Center (IPCC), Apr. 2009 - Mar. 2011
• Prezio IP Firm as a Senior Advisor, May 2011 - Present

Educational Background

Bachelor of Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Mie University, graduated in March 1973