Winter Quarter Updates from the Asian Law Center


The Asian Law Center has maintained a busy schedule this academic year, with its ongoing Monday Lunch Speaker Series, alumni reunions in Tokyo and Osaka, and trips abroad for meetings and presentations.

In December, Professors Xuan-Thao Nguyen, Toshiko Takenaka and Pat Kuszler flew to Japan to meet more than 70 UW Law alumni in Tokyo (Dec. 13) and 25 alumni attendees in Osaka (Dec. 14). Professors from the University of Tokyo, Keio University, and Waseda University joined the UW faculty and alumni. In addition, Nguyen, Takenaka and Kuszler visited the aforementioned universities during their travels.

UW Law thanks alumni leaders Hironobu Hattori (LL.M ‘10) and Toshiya Furusho (LL.M. ‘12), who helped coordinate alumni communications in Tokyo and Osaka, respectively.

”Hattori-sensei, our Tokyo alumni leader, and Professor Takenaka worked tirelessly to organize the Tokyo reunion and ensure the incredible turnout,” said Prof. Nguyen, director of the Asian Law Center.

Professor Nguyen also delivered lectures during two of the campus visits: “Financing Innovation” at the University of Tokyo School of Law and “Intellectual Property and Metaverse” at Osaka Technology Institute. She and Professor Takenaka met with the Japan Patent Office (JPO) and provided comments on the JPO’s new initiative related to IP financing.

The Asian Law Center is currently planning a March 3-4 event to celebrate the achievements of Intellectual Property LL.M. alumni in Asia as part of the program’s 20th Anniversary of the IP LL.M. program.

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