Foley Adds Japanese Partner in International Transactions and IP

09 June 2009 Media Contact: Dan Farrell News

Leading Transactional, Intellectual Property Attorney Etsuo Doi Brings Extensive Japan Practice Experience.

Foley announced today that Etsuo Doi has joined the firm as a partner in the New York and Tokyo offices dealing with intellectual property, litigation and transactions. He will also be co-managing partner of the firm’s Tokyo office.

Doi represents both Japan-based and international companies in matters relating to cross-border transactions, intellectual property counseling and litigation, e-commerce, joint ventures, licensing and general corporate work. He has extensive experience in Japan handling foreign inbound and outbound investments. He is admitted to practice in both Japan and New York. He is also qualified as a patent lawyer in Japan and has practiced law in Japan for over 13 years.

Previously, Doi served as corporate counsel at eBay, Inc. and chief legal counsel at eBay Japan KK. While at eBay, he tackled a broad range of new legal issues arising from innovative Internet business models. He is well versed in Japanese technology law and has spoken at numerous leading technology conferences. Prior to joining Foley, Doi was a partner at Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker LLP.

"Etsuo is a seasoned attorney whose wealth of experience as former corporate counsel and chief legal counsel provides our clients with a tremendous resource. Foley’s clients will benefit tremendously from Etsuo’s technical experience in the consumer electronics, energy, Internet, and semiconductor areas," said Ralf Böer, Foley’s chairman and CEO.

Doi’s arrival comes on the heels of Robert Huey joining the firm in the Washington D.C. office last month. Huey focuses his practice on international trade and transaction matters for multinational clients based in Europe, Asia and South America, which includes deep, longstanding relationships with major Japanese clients.


"Etsuo will be vital in handling outbound transactions involving U.S. law and inbound or domestic Japanese work on the corporate side," added Michael Kaminski, co-managing partner of Foley’s Tokyo office. "His strong contacts in Japan, combined with Foley’s platform and the recent addition of Robert Huey, will strengthen our capabilities throughout the region."

"As more technology-driven Japanese companies build global business with steadfast commitment to innovation, Etsuo’s unique combination of experience will be vital in helping clients enhance the value and liquidity of their intellectual property assets through strategic transactions," said Sharon R. Barner, chair of Foley’s Intellectual Property Department. "In addition, his presence in Tokyo will help further enhance the firm’s relationships with our Japanese clients for counseling and litigation that crosses IP and related areas."

Doi is an adjunct professor of law at Temple University Law School (Japan campus) and has taught courses on the Comparative Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights, Comparative Intellectual Property and East-West negotiation. Doi is listed in Best Lawyers® among a small number of Japanese lawyers.

Comprised of nearly 240 attorneys, Foley’s Intellectual Property practice is a recognized leader in IP legal services. For the eighth consecutive year, Foley was ranked by IP Today as one of the top 10 firms for the number of patents issued and by IP Law & Business magazine as one of the top patent litigation firms in the nation. These rankings make Foley the only general practice firm to appear in the top 10 for both patent litigation and patent procurement.

Foley & Lardner LLP continually evolves to meet the changing legal needs of our clients. Our team-based approach, proprietary client service technology, and practice depth enhance client relationships while seeing clients through their most complex legal challenges. The BTI Consulting Group (Wellesley, Massachusetts) recently recognized Foley as one of the top four law firms shaping the U.S. legal market, while CIO magazine has named Foley to its CIO 100 list six times for our client-focused technology. With more than 1,000 attorneys in 21 offices and more than 50 practices, count on Foley for high-caliber business and legal insight.

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