PROFESSIONALS

Masaya SEKI


Practice Area


Education

University of Southern California Law School (LL.M., Entertainment Law Certificate, 2015)
Legal Training and Research Institute of the Supreme Court of Japan (2007-2008)
Tokyo Metropolitan University (LL.B., 2007)

Admission

New York (2016)
Japan (2008)

Experience

Intellectual Property Association of Japan (Member, 2016-Present; Secretariat, 2017-Present)
Lecturer, Tsuda University, Department of Computer Science (Subject: Introduction to Intellectual Property Law) (2016-2017)
Kirkland & Ellis LLP (Chicago Office) (2015-2016)
TMI Associates (Associate, 2008-Present)

Languages

Japanese / English

Memberships

Daiichi Tokyo Bar Association
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Articles & Publications

2017/09/25ARTICLE “US Supreme Court Decision in Star Athletica LLC v. Varsity Brands, Inc.: The Proper Separability Test to Determine Whether an Artistic Feature Incorporated into Design of Useful Article is Eligible for Copyright Protection – Suggestions for Protection of Applied Art under Japanese Copyright Act”
2017/02/24ARTICLE “The Current Status and Issues of Fashion Design Protection under U.S. Intellectual Property Law (2)”
2017/01/25ARTICLE “The Current Status and Issues of Fashion Design Protection under U.S. Intellectual Property Law (1)”
2015/07/10 ARTICLE “When Do Rights of Publicity Trump Freedom of Expression?:Based on Recent Court Decisions Related to Video Games in the United States”
2010/05/24BOOK “A Professional Dictionary of Intellectual Property Terms (Chiteki-zaisan Purofesshionaru Yogo Jiten)”

Other Articles & Publications

  • ARTICLE “Star Athletica Case: Copyright Protection for Designs of Useful Articles,” TMI Associates Newsletter,Vol. 32
  • ARTICLE “Recent Developments on Cases Related to Copyright and Entertainment in the United States,” TMI Associates Newsletter, Vol. 25
  • ARTICLE “Introduction to the U.S. Intellectual Property Cases,” TMI Associates Newsletter, Vol. 22
  • ARTICLE “Analysis of Court Cases concerning ‘No Damage Defense’ under Japanese Trademark Act §38 (3) ,” TMI Associates Newsletter, Vol. 20

Seminars & Lectures

2017/11/11EXTERNAL “The 1st Fashion Law Symposium ‘RUNWAY to the LAW’: ‘The Current Status of Fashion Protection in Japan, the U.S. and the United Kingdom“
2017/04/26EXTERNAL “Copyright Protection for Fashion Design under Japanese Law”

Other Seminars & Lectures

  • External “Protection for Designs of Useful Articles under U.S. Copyright Law: Suggestion to Japanese Copyright Law,” Design Law Study Group, Policy Alternatives Research Institute, the University of Tokyo
  • External “‘Live Bar X.Y.Z.→A’ Case: Copyright Infringement Liability of Live Bar Operators for Live Performances by Musicians,” Intellectual Property Association of Japan
  • External “STICK HUMIDIFIER case,” 26th Case Study Meeting of Intellectual Property System and Case Subcommittee of Intellectual Property Association of Japan
  • External “Introduction to U.S. Copyright System with Focus on Computer Program Protection,” Tokyo Institute of Technology, Education Academy of Computational Life Sciences
  • External “Negotiating Option Agreements for Film Productions,” Tokyo University of Science, Department of Master of Intellectual Property
  • External “Copyright Infringement for Linking in the United States,” Intellectual Property Association of Japan
  • External “Exploring the Limits of Rights under Laws of Source-Identifying Marks,” Intellectual Property Association of Japan
  • External “Dealmaking in the U.S. Film Industry,” Tokyo University of Science, Department of Master of Intellectual Property
  • External “‘Reebok ROYAL FLAG’ Case: Similarity of Composite Trademarks,” Court Decision Study Group of Japanese Trademark Association
  • External “Trademark Law: Basics for Strategic Brand Management to Enhance Corporate Value,” Bunkyo University
  • External “Newsflash: Data Protection Download from Around the Globe,” Kirkland & Ellis LLP, Annual Technology & Law Seminar
  • External “Is Copying Culture?: Present and Future of Intellectual Property Protection for Fashion Designs (Fashion Law),” Japanese Researchers Crossing in Chicago
  • External “Important Differences between US & JP Legal Systems,” Northwestern University School of Law
  • External “The Latest Developments on Online Copyright Infringement Measures in the United States,” Contents Management Subcommittee of Intellectual Property Association of Japan
  • External “‘Cache’ Case: Claims for Damages under Japanese Trademark Act 38(3), with focus on No Damage Defense,” Court Decision Study Group of Japanese Trademark Association
  • External “Intellectual Property Management,” Bunkyo University
  • External “‘Tarzan’ Case: Japanese Trademark Act §4(1)(vii),” Japanese Trademark Association
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Articles & Publications

2017/09/25 ARTICLE “US Supreme Court Decision in Star Athletica LLC v. Varsity Brands, Inc.: The Proper Separability Test to Determine Whether an Artistic Feature Incorporated into Design of Useful Article is Eligible for Copyright Protection – Suggestions for Protection of Applied Art under Japanese Copyright Act”
2017/02/24 ARTICLE “The Current Status and Issues of Fashion Design Protection under U.S. Intellectual Property Law (2)”
2017/01/25 ARTICLE “The Current Status and Issues of Fashion Design Protection under U.S. Intellectual Property Law (1)”
2015/07/10 ARTICLE “When Do Rights of Publicity Trump Freedom of Expression?:Based on Recent Court Decisions Related to Video Games in the United States”
2010/05/24 BOOK “A Professional Dictionary of Intellectual Property Terms (Chiteki-zaisan Purofesshionaru Yogo Jiten)”

Other Articles & Publications

  • ARTICLE “Star Athletica Case: Copyright Protection for Designs of Useful Articles,” TMI Associates Newsletter,Vol. 32
  • ARTICLE “Recent Developments on Cases Related to Copyright and Entertainment in the United States,” TMI Associates Newsletter, Vol. 25
  • ARTICLE “Introduction to the U.S. Intellectual Property Cases,” TMI Associates Newsletter, Vol. 22
  • ARTICLE “Analysis of Court Cases concerning ‘No Damage Defense’ under Japanese Trademark Act §38 (3) ,” TMI Associates Newsletter, Vol. 20
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Seminars & Lectures

2017/11/11EXTERNAL “The 1st Fashion Law Symposium ‘RUNWAY to the LAW’: ‘The Current Status of Fashion Protection in Japan, the U.S. and the United Kingdom“
2017/04/26EXTERNAL “Copyright Protection for Fashion Design under Japanese Law”

Other Seminars & Lectures

  • External “Protection for Designs of Useful Articles under U.S. Copyright Law: Suggestion to Japanese Copyright Law,” Design Law Study Group, Policy Alternatives Research Institute, the University of Tokyo
  • External “‘Live Bar X.Y.Z.→A’ Case: Copyright Infringement Liability of Live Bar Operators for Live Performances by Musicians,” Intellectual Property Association of Japan
  • External “STICK HUMIDIFIER case,” 26th Case Study Meeting of Intellectual Property System and Case Subcommittee of Intellectual Property Association of Japan
  • External “Introduction to U.S. Copyright System with Focus on Computer Program Protection,” Tokyo Institute of Technology, Education Academy of Computational Life Sciences
  • External “Negotiating Option Agreements for Film Productions,” Tokyo University of Science, Department of Master of Intellectual Property
  • External “Copyright Infringement for Linking in the United States,” Intellectual Property Association of Japan
  • External “Exploring the Limits of Rights under Laws of Source-Identifying Marks,” Intellectual Property Association of Japan
  • External “Dealmaking in the U.S. Film Industry,” Tokyo University of Science, Department of Master of Intellectual Property
  • External “‘Reebok ROYAL FLAG’ Case: Similarity of Composite Trademarks,” Court Decision Study Group of Japanese Trademark Association
  • External “Trademark Law: Basics for Strategic Brand Management to Enhance Corporate Value,” Bunkyo University
  • External “Newsflash: Data Protection Download from Around the Globe,” Kirkland & Ellis LLP, Annual Technology & Law Seminar
  • External “Is Copying Culture?: Present and Future of Intellectual Property Protection for Fashion Designs (Fashion Law),” Japanese Researchers Crossing in Chicago
  • External “Important Differences between US & JP Legal Systems,” Northwestern University School of Law
  • External “The Latest Developments on Online Copyright Infringement Measures in the United States,” Contents Management Subcommittee of Intellectual Property Association of Japan
  • External “‘Cache’ Case: Claims for Damages under Japanese Trademark Act 38(3), with focus on No Damage Defense,” Court Decision Study Group of Japanese Trademark Association
  • External “Intellectual Property Management,” Bunkyo University
  • External “‘Tarzan’ Case: Japanese Trademark Act §4(1)(vii),” Japanese Trademark Association