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International Symposium on Intellectual Property
-Initiatives to Solve Environmental Issues through WIPO GREEN-

Table of Contents

  1. Outline of Symposium
  2. Opening remarks
  3. Program
  4. Speaker Information
  5. Reference
  6. Related Links

1. Outline of Symposium

Outline The Japan Patent Office (JPO) participates as a partner in the online platform WIPO GREEN, which is run by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). WIPO GREEN was created to promote the utilization of green technologies. The JPO will hold a symposium on WIPO GREEN’s initiatives that facilitate the advancement of green technologies around the world. By having valuable discussions with users and the WIPO at the symposium, the JPO intends to contribute to solving environmental issues by making effective use of intellectual property (IP).
Date and Time June 18th, 2021 (Friday) from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. (Eastern Daylight Time) / 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (Central European Summer Time) / 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. (Japan time)
Format of symposium Online meeting (to be simultaneously live-streamed on the Internet)
* Simultaneous Japanese/English/Chinese/Korean interpretation provided.
Host JPO
Supported by Japan Intellectual Property Association (JIPA), WIPO
Parallel online symposium Organizer: JIPA
Title: “JIPA GREEN Symposium -Using WIPO GREEN for Clean Ocean-”
Date and time: June 17th, 2021 (Thursday)
The online seminar started at 0.00 a.m. (Eastern Daylight Time) / 6:00 a.m. (Central European Summer Time) / 1:00 p.m. (Japan time) (by June 25th)
Please follow the link to get to the details.
JIPA: GREEN Symposium (External link)
Result International Symposium on Intellectual Property Held for Green Technology

Distribution of archive video

The archive video of the Symposium is uploaded on the JPO YouTube channel.
With regard to reference materials for the panel discussion, please refer to the following 5. Reference.

2. Opening remarks

I am very glad to invite all of you to the “International Symposium on Intellectual Property-Initiatives to Solve Environmental Issues through WIPO GREEN.”

We are now facing numerous difficult environmental issues, including global warming and the recent COVID-19 infections. To solve these kinds of issues, expectations for promoting innovations have become more heightened than ever before. In addition, the role of intellectual property (IP) has become crucial in order to drive innovations and rapidly implement various green technologies for the benefit of society. IP offices around the world have therefore been working to advance the utilization of various technologies, including those for the environment, by appropriately protecting IP rights the driving force behind innovations.

To this end, WIPO GREEN has been developed primarily by WIPO, an international organization, as an initiative for promoting the utilization of green technologies. WIPO GREEN is an online platform to match green-tech seekers and green-tech providers, and was launched by WIPO in 2013 in response to a proposal from Japanese industry and the Japan Intellectual Property Association (JIPA). WIPO GREEN serves as a means to promote the global utilization of green technologies through its online database, along with regional activities.

WIPO GREEN’s database has been utilized by more than 1,700 users globally, and more than 120 organizations support WIPO GREEN activities as partners. Japan has the greatest number of WIPO GREEN users and partners, including the Japan Patent Office (JPO), which has partnered with WIPO GREEN by actively supporting its activities and working to facilitate the spread of green technologies.

In recent years, it is unfortunate that IP rights have often been recognized as obstacles that might prevent social issues from being solved. Nonetheless, in our view, the appropriate protection of IP rights can accelerate innovations and lead to solving social issues. In order to deepen the understanding of this view, it is necessary to further strengthen a framework for utilizing IP rights, and to create successful examples in this regard.

We believe that through the increasingly effective use of WIPO GREEN, we can create even more successful cases of utilizing IP rights. JPO is committed to working in collaboration with the industrial sector to further encourage the utilization of green technologies owned by Japanese companies.

In this symposium, individuals from WIPO and the industrial sector will discuss various aspects of WIPO GREEN including its initiatives, current issues to be solved, and future developments. We sincerely hope that the symposium will be valuable for understanding the further utilization of WIPO GREEN in order to help solve more social issues through the effective use of IP rights.

We are looking forward to welcoming many participants.

KASUTANI Toshihide
Japan Patent Office

3. Program

8:00 p.m. - 8:05 p.m.

Opening remarks

  • Japan Patent Office (JPO) Mr. KASUTANI Toshihide, Commissioner
8:05 p.m. - 8:15 p.m.

Keynote speeches

  • Japan Intellectual Property Association (JIPA) Mr. SAKUYAMA Masaki, Chairperson
  • World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Dr. KWAKWA Edward Assistant Director General, Global Challenges and Partnerships Sector
8:15 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Panel discussion


  • Challenges and further developments of WIPO GREEN


  • WIPO, Ms. DIETTERICH Marion (Amy) Director, Global Challenges Division
  • JIPA, Mr. KUJI Naoto, Executive Managing Director / IP*SEVA, Principal
  • Osha Bergman Watanabe & Burton LLP, Mr. WATANABE Yuichi, Partner
  • IP*SEVA, Ms. CANNADY Cynthia, Principal
  • IP*SEVA, Dr. HUBER Bertram, Principal
  • Kenya Climate Innovation Center(KCIC), Dr. MUNGAI Edward, Chief Executive Officer


  • JPO, Mr. SHIMIZU Yuki, Director, Multilateral Policy Office, International Policy Division

4. Speaker Information

Japan Patent Office(JPO)

(Photo)Mr. KASUTANI Toshihide

Mr. KASUTANI Toshihide

Mr. Kasutani Toshihide was appointed as JPO Commissioner in July 2020. He manages JPO operations and oversees Japan's policy on patents, trademarks, and design rights.

Mr. Kasutani previously served as Deputy Vice-Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry at the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) since July 2018. He manages budgets, personnel affairs, and digital transformation at METI and is instrumental in planning, designing and implementing METI policies.

Prior to this, Mr. Kasutani served as Director-General of the Economic and Industrial Policy Bureau where he managed the wider coordination of METI economic and industrial initiatives and tax reform measures, especially promoting corporate governance and productivity. He also worked as Assistant Deputy Secretary General of Japan Economic Recovery Secretariat at Prime Minister’s Cabinet Office, responsible for the formulation and implementation of Japan’s Growth Strategy.

Mr. Kasutani also served as the Director-General of the Manufacturing Industries Bureau. In that position, he promoted policies to help the Japanese manufacturing industry respond to the Fourth Industrial Revolution, while fostering international cooperation with Germany and other countries.

After the Great East Japan Earthquake, he worked to advance electricity system reform as the Director-General of the Electricity and Gas Industry Department. As Director-General for Policy Planning Coordination in 2013, he contributed to progress toward decommissioning reactors and handling contaminated water at the TEPCO Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. He also aided reconstruction of the affected areas by forming a joint public-private team to support local businesses.

Mr. Kasutani has served in many roles since joining METI, including Director of the Iron and Steel Division, Director of the Environmental Policy Division, Executive Assistant to the Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, Director of the Corporate Affairs Division, and Director of the Budget and Accounts Division.

Mr. Kasutani is a graduate of the University of Tokyo’s Faculty of Law. He has also earned a Master’s degree from the Harvard Business School.

Mr. Kasutani was born on July 12, 1961 in Hyogo Prefecture.

(Photo)Mr. SHIMIZU Yuki


Mr. SHIMIZU is director of the Multilateral Policy Office, which is a section in the International Policy Division at the Japan Patent Office (JPO).

After obtaining a Master’s Degree in electrical engineering at Kyoto University, he developed his career as patent examiner and administrative judge at the JPO. He has also a wealth of experience in policy planning based on his work at the Policy Planning and Research Division, Trial and Appeal Division, and Public Relations Office at the JPO. He lived in New York as a visiting scholar at Fordham Law and in Munich as a consul of Japan.

Japan Intellectual Property Association (JIPA)

(Photo)Mr. SAKUYAMA Masaki


1976 Graduated The University of Tokyo(Japan)
Master’s Degree
Graduate School of Engineering
Professional Experience
Apr. 2018 Chairman, Member of the Board
Jun. 2014 Director,
  Representative Executive Officer, President & CEO
Apr. 1977 Joined Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
Professional Associations
Jun. 2021 Vice Chair, KEIDANREN (Japan Business Federation)
Jun. 2020 Chair, Committee on Intellectual Property, KEIDANREN
Jun. 2019 Chairperson, Japan Intellectual Property Association
(Photo)Mr. Naoto Kuji

Mr. KUJI Naoto

Professional Experience
1977 Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
2001~2011 General Manager, Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
2012~ Executive Managing Director, JIPA
Professional Associations
2005 President, JIPA
2012~ Director, IPCC, PAPC, IIP, AIPPI and JAPIO (IP associations)
2014~ Vice President, IPAJ (Academia)

World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)

(Photo)Dr. KWAKWA Edward

Dr. KWAKWA Edward

Edward Kwakwa is Assistant Director General, Global Challenges and Partnerships Sector, World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in Geneva.

He served as General Counsel at WIPO from 2004 through 2016.

Kwakwa holds an LL.B. degree from the University of Ghana, an LL.M. from Queen’s University in Canada, and an LL.M. and a J.S.D. from Yale Law School in the U.S.A.

Before joining WIPO, Kwakwa practiced corporate and international trade law and investment with the law firm of O’Melveny and Myers in Washington, D.C., worked as International Legal Adviser at the Commission on Global Governance in Geneva, as Senior Legal Adviser at the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), and as Legal Affairs Officer at the World Trade Organization (WTO).

He has published four books and numerous law review articles on various subjects of international law, and is currently a Visiting Professor of Law at the Graduate School of International and Development Studies, Geneva.

(Photo)Ms. DIETTERICH Marion (Amy)

Ms. DIETTERICH Marion (Amy)

Marion (“Amy”) Dietterich is the Director of the Global Challenges Division at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in Geneva, Switzerland. She has twenty years of experience in the fields of public health, water & sanitation, and governance, having worked with community-based initiatives, international non-governmental organizations, parliamentary bodies, global health partnerships, and United Nations institutions.

Ms. Dietterich earned her academic qualifications from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and Bucknell University; her current portfolio at WIPO covers global health, climate change, and food security.

Osha Bergman Watanabe & Burton LLP

(Photo)Mr. WATANABE Yuichi


Yuichi Watanabe is a name partner of Osha Bergman Watanabe & Burton LLP, a Houston-based international IP law firm with seven established offices in the United States, France, China, and Japan.

Mr. Watanabe is well-versed in all facets of U.S. patent law.

Being fully bilingual in English and Japanese, he leverages his international background and diverse experience to deliver unique insights and practical, cost-effective solutions to help businesses succeed in today’s competitive global marketplace.

He represents both domestic and foreign clients across a wide spectrum of industries and is involved in virtually every aspect of patent practice including application drafting and prosecution, due diligence, licensing, district court litigation, ITC investigations, opinion preparation, and global patent portfolio management.

An internationally sought-after speaker on IP topics, Mr. Watanabe is frequently invited for speaking engagements across the world with various professional organizations as well as academic and government institutions.

He has also authored numerous articles on U.S. patent law in both Japanese and English, including academic articles for law journals such as the Virginia Journal of Law & Technology (University of Virginia School of Law) and the Houston Business & Tax Law Journal (University of Houston Law Center).


(Photo)Ms. CANNADY Cynthia

Ms. CANNADY Cynthia

Cynthia Cannady is a founder of an international network of IP professionals dedicated to collaboration in development of new energy and environmental technology, IP*SEVA. Her prior work experience includes service as Director of the Intellectual Property and New Technologies Division at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Vice President of Law for Manufacturing and Development, Apple Computer, and Partner, Fenwick & West in Palo Alto, California.

She is currently a member of the Bar of the State of California. She holds a juris doctor degree from Harvard Law School and an undergraduate degree from Stanford University.

She was a member of the Board of Trustees of Stanford University. She is the author of Technology Licensing and Development Agreements (2015) and numerous articles on intellectual property and innovation.

(Photo)Dr. HUBER Bertram

Dr. HUBER Bertram

Bertram Huber, a principal of IP*SEVA, is an international intellectual property expert based in Backnang, Germany.

From 2010 until 2020 he was a visiting lecturer (adjunct professor) of the Law Faculty of the University of Tuebingen/Germany on Law of IPRs, International Intellectual Property Strategy and Management, and License Agreements/License Law.

As former Senior Vice President of Robert Bosch GmbH, and Head of Corporate Intellectual Property, from 2000 until 2009 his responsibility included the global intellectual property strategic development and management of the patent portfolio and licensing activities of the Bosch Group. Before joining Bosch in 1995, Dr. Huber headed the Legal and Patents Department of the telecommunications company ANT Nachrichtentechnik GmbH since 1983.

He began his professional career in 1978 at AEG-Telefunken AG.

Kenya Climate Innovation Center(KCIC)

(Photo)Dr. MUNGAI Edward

Dr. MUNGAI Edward

Dr. Edward Mungai is a global thought leader in sustainability. An author, researcher, advisor, entrepreneur, and authority on corporate responsibility and sustainable development, he is acclaimed for championing environmental excellence, sustainable consumerism and production, and the triple bottom line.

Currently, Edward is CEO of Kenya Climate Innovation Centre (KCIC) Group, a transformation agency working at the intersection of sustainability, entrepreneurship, and innovation.

He is co-founder of KCIC Consulting, a consultancy, and think – tank-helping clients to integrate sustainability into their businesses and also founder of Inspire leadership that helps people unlock their potential.

He has authored several books, the latest being Impact Investing in Africa: A guide to Sustainability for Investors, Institutions, and Entrepreneurs.

He teaches Corporate Sustainability and innovation to executives at Strathmore Business School and sits on several boards.

A health and fitness enthusiast, he has participated in numerous global marathons such as Boston, Tokyo, New York, and Berlin marathons but also bagged over 21 medals so far including the Abbot Marathon Majors.

Edward holds an PhD in Sustainability from Strathmore University Business School; MBA from Scandinavian International Management Institute(SIMI) in Copenhagen, Denmark and undergraduate degree in business management from Moi University, Kenya.

5. Reference

1. Presentation materials

Keynote speeches

Panel discussion

2. Public relations materials

3. Websites of related organizations

International organizations

Industry organizations

4. Related video footage

6. Reference Links

[Last Updated 28 June 2021]

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