Minami, Kaori

Kaori Minami

Legal Advisor

Kaori is a dual qualified lawyer in Japan (bengoshi) and the UK (solicitor). She holds a Masters in Law from Tokyo’s Keio University and an LL.M. in Intellectual Property Law from Queen Mary University of London.

Kaori began her practice in Tokyo advising clients on a variety of matters including contentious and non-contentious IP, general commercial contract and compliance matters. She moved to the UK in 2006 and has gained considerable experience in the UK IP litigation and cross-border antitrust investigations in London based firms.

While practising in the IP and regulatory fields, Kaori also acts as a first point of contact for our Japanese client-base in Europe. Kaori’s experience of practising in Tokyo and London makes her exceptionally well-placed to advise our Japanese client-base from the perspective of both cultures and legal systems. She assists on all matters (in Japanese as required) including IP, , competition, data protection, corporate, employment and dispute resolution, working closely with our specialists in the relevant fields and the relevant jurisdictions.

Kaori works with our Tokyo office and provides assistance to companies which require the Japanese legal advice on their Japanese operations.

Kaori regularly speaks on the European IP developments to Japanese audience and writes on Japanese IP cases for English readers.


  • Assisted a Japanese electronics company on UK proceedings of a multijurisdictional patent infringement case.
  • Assisted cross-border investigations into a cartel facilitated by global marine hoses producers.
  • Represented a film production company on a multijurisdictional copyright infringement case.
  • Represented a Japanese based clients on employees compensation and patent infringement cases before the Tokyo District Court, Tokyo Intellectual Property High Court and the Supreme Court of Japan.
  • Advised a US-based global restaurant franchiser on their brand management in Japan.
  • Represented an US-based clothing brand on customs seizure cases.


  • Queen Mary, University of London, LL.M., Intellectual Property
  • Keio University, LL.M.
  • Keio University, LL.B.


  • England and Wales
  • Japan

Memberships and Affiliations

  • AIPPI Japan
  • Japan Trademark Association
  • British Literary and Artistic Copyright Association


  • English
  • Japanese

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