Outline of the Firm

Wada & Watanabe provides practical, finely tuned legal advice for its clients in the areas of corporate law, cross-border law, intellectual property, labor and employment law, and dispute resolution.


Most of our clients are major corporations internationally active in Japan, Asia, North America, and Europe in such fields as computers, semiconductor technology, software, electronics, telecommunications, precision machinery, medical devices, apparel, sports goods, aircraft, automobiles, foodstuffs, hotels, consulting companies. Further, we are often asked to provide advice to major foreign law firms, including those with offices in Japan.


The Legal 500 (2009-2015), which provide rankings for well-known law firms throughout the world, praise Wada & Watanabe (former Abe, Wada & Watanabe) as a firm that excels in the area of intellectual property and dispute resolution in Japan.


As a founding member of the International Lawyers Network (ILN), an organization with law firms in over sixty countries, Wada & Watanabe has alliances with firms throughout the world. Further, Wada & Watanabe has an alliance with the Ohtsuka Patent Office, which handles patent prosecution.