From the press release: TOKYO, 27, October 2017 – Mitsui & Co Ltd. (‘’Mitsui’’) and European intellectual property (IP) group Novagraaf BV have established a partnership to offer greater choice to Japanese customers. The agreement, which includes an investment by Mitsui in Novagraaf, will support Novagraaf’s strategy to transform the way IP owners in Japan protect and create value from their IP assets.
Japan is one of the world’s most advanced IP markets, and Japanese businesses now have direct access to Novagraaf’s full range of IP lifecycle services. Novagraaf has served businesses in Asia for more than 40 years and recently opened offices in Tokyo and Hong Kong to offer dedicated local support to customers in Japan and China. As part of the agreement Novagraaf KK has been established in Japan, and it will be staffed by Novagraaf and Mitsui employees under the leadership of Arjen van Blokland, recently appointed Managing Director of Novagraaf Japan.
“Mitsui works closely with our clients to maximize the return on intangible assets such as IP. Having a professional and innovative partner to support our client’s IP is of the utmost importance to us. With their track record and long history Novagraaf is an excellent choice of partner” said Takuji Fukaya, General Manager of the Business Promotion Division at Mitsui & Co., Ltd.
“Novagraaf and Mitsui are well-suited to work together to bring IP solutions to Japan,” said Dr. Arjen van Blokland, Managing Director, Novagraaf K.K. “We believe that Japanese customers are looking for greater choice from IP service providers and we look forward to meeting that demand’’.
Read the full press release here.