The global law firm Jones Day has announced that Maxwell (Mac) Fox is joining the Tokyo Office as a partner in the Firm’s Intellectual Property Practice.
“Tokyo is a significant part of our global Intellectual Property Practice; our three partners in Tokyo are closely integrated with Jones Day lawyers across the globe to serve Japanese clients and protect and enforce their valuable IP rights worldwide,” said Chris Ahern, Partner-in-Charge of Australia and Japan. “We are delighted that Mac has joined the Firm. His arrival deepens our bench in complex patent disputes and our capacity to assist life sciences companies on the ground in Japan.”
An experienced U.S. patent litigator and a resident of Tokyo since 2006, Mr. Fox represents clients in the electronics, computer sciences, and life sciences industries in patent disputes against competitors and patent assertion entities. He has also assisted clients with strategy licensing programs and the negotiation of license agreements, advised on the structure of technology transactions, and provided counsel on patent and other IP matters critical to the clients’ businesses.
“Our clients continue, in an ever-increasing fashion, to participate in global IP disputes, particularly throughout Europe, Asia, and the United States,” said Anthony M. Insogna, Leader of Jones Day’s global Intellectual Property Practice. “Mac strengthens our ability to handle such matters around the globe for our Japanese clients.”
In addition to his IP litigation, licensing, and counseling work, Mr. Fox has represented clients in connection with business torts, unfair competition, breach of contract, fraud, and other commercial disputes, and also has experience representing clients in connection with criminal and civil litigation related to cartel investigations. His significant matters include defending one of the world’s largest OEM notebook computer manufacturers in a six-patent dispute (which culminated in a unanimous United States Supreme Court opinion, favoring Mr. Fox’s client, after seven years of litigation); defending a Japanese company in a multi-patent case involving telecommunications and network security technology; representing a Japanese pharmaceutical company in enforcing its U.S. patent rights against several generic competitors, and representing a leading telecommunications company in connection with the negotiation of FRAND licenses for 4G/LTE standard essential patents.
“Mac adds depth to our growing IP capabilities in Tokyo, especially with his U.S. patent litigation experience,” said Hiromitsu Miyakawa, Partner-in-Charge of Jones Day’s Tokyo Office. “The arrival of an accomplished attorney like Mac makes clear our deep commitment to IP in Tokyo, and to meeting the challenges faced by our clients as the tech and life science sectors continue to grow.”
A frequent speaker on intellectual property law, Mr. Fox has lectured on patent matters to the Japan Patent Attorneys Association and to the Chung Hwa Research Institute in Taiwan. He has also guest lectured as part of an intellectual property law course at Keio University Law School. In 2015, Mr. Fox argued one side of a mock oral argument before the Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit as part of a symposium held in Tokyo to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the establishment of Japan’s Intellectual Property High Court.
Jones Day is a global law firm with 44 offices in major centers of business and finance throughout the world. Its unique governance system fosters an unparalleled level of integration and contributes to its perennial ranking as among the best in the world in client service. Jones Day provides significant legal representation for almost half of the Fortune 500, Fortune Global 500, and FT Global 500.
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