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Dickstein Shapiro LLP Forms Strategic Alliance with Hisao Tatsumi Launching Presence in Asia

Monday, February 25, 2008

Washington, DC -- Dickstein Shapiro LLP is pleased to announce that it has formed a strategic alliance with Hisao Tatsumi, who is highly regarded in the Japanese intellectual property community. Mr. Tatsumi, who worked for more than three decades as an intellectual property advisor to Ricoh Company, Ltd., will serve as a consultant to the firm and its Intellectual Property Practice, providing advice and counsel to clients on a full range of intellectual property matters. Significantly, this alliance launches the firm’s first formal presence in Asia.

"We are very excited to form this alliance with Mr. Tatsumi," said Gary Hoffman, Dickstein Shapiro partner and head of the firm’s Intellectual Property Practice. "His vast international intellectual property experience is a strong complement to the strengths of our Practice, and his location in Japan will prove to be a valuable asset to our clients."

"I have known the attorneys at Dickstein Shapiro for many years and have always been impressed with the depth of the Intellectual Property Practice," said Hisao Tatsumi. "I look forward to bringing my knowledge of the Japanese intellectual property market to our alliance and the firm’s clients."

Mr. Tatsumi has extensive corporate intellectual property experience spanning the full range of matters, including patent, trademark, and copyright issues. For 30 years he worked for Ricoh Co., Ltd. in capacities including general manager of both the Intellectual Property Department of the company’s headquarters, and the License, Standard, and Legal Center in the Multimedia Product Company. He also held the esteemed position of counselor to Ricoh Co. Ltd., in which he managed various major intellectual property matters for the company in the United States and Japan, and advised on the procedures for patent litigation in U.S. Courts and in 337 matters before the International Trade Commission. Mr. Tatsumi also is well-regarded for his skill in developing and monetizing a company’s intellectual property portfolio, as well as in managing standard setting and patent pooling related to the optical disc industry. Mr. Tatsumi is active in the Japanese intellectual property industry. He served as chairman of the International Committee of the Japan Intellectual Property Association, and as a member of the Intellectual Property Group in the Japan Association of Corporate Executives. He is a frequent speaker with the Seminar of Intellectual Property Rights before the Japan Intellectual Property Association and before other major Japanese industry organizations.

Dickstein Shapiro’s internationally recognized Intellectual Property Practice has more than 80 attorneys who work with clients to develop strategies that capitalize on their intellectual property assets and achieve their business objectives. The firm is ranked by Managing Intellectual Property and Intellectual Property Today as a top firm for intellectual property work. Dickstein Shapiro has the experience, skill, and knowledge to successfully solve these and other intellectual property problems for clients striving to succeed in this ever-changing, highly competitive arena.

Dickstein Shapiro LLP

Dickstein Shapiro LLP, founded in 1953, is a multiservice law firm with more than 400 attorneys in Washington, DC, New York, and Los Angeles. The firm’s clients include more than 100 of the Fortune 500 companies, start-up ventures and entrepreneurs, multinational corporations, leading financial institutions, major motion picture studios, charitable organizations, and government officials. Dickstein Shapiro’s core practice groups—Antitrust & Dispute Resolution, Business & Securities Law, Corporate & Finance, Energy, Government Law & Strategy, Insurance Coverage, and Intellectual Property—involve the firm in virtually every major form of counseling, litigation, and advocacy. For additional information, please visit

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