Nozomu Ohara was awarded a bachelors of law degree from
Kyoto University in 1966 and passed the Japanese Bar Examination in the same
year. He has been a member of the Osaka bar and Japan Federation of Bar
Associations since 1969. He continued his legal education by earning an LLM at
Kyoto University and an LLM from Harvard Law School in 1976 as a Fulbright
Exchange Grantee. In 1979, Mr. Ohara was registered as a licensed patent
attorney by the Japan Patent Attorneys Association.
Mr. Ohara’s long experience practicing law in Osaka has
firmly established his firm, the Ohara Law Office, as a pillar of the Kansai
legal community. Furthermore, Mr. Ohara has held many prestigious positions
within local and international legal institutions, including acting as the
Executive Director of the Japan Association of Arbitrators, PPID Council of the
International Bar Association and acting as Chairman of the Foreign Lawyers and
International Legal Practice Committee of the Japan Federation of Bar
Mr. Ohara has a strong background in intellectual property
and international family law, stemming from his time spent working at Whitman
& Ransom in New York and Fenwick, Stone, Davis & West in Palo Alto.
However, domestic matters also make up a strong portion of the Ohara Law
Office’s general practice. The Ohara Law Office maintains a staff of talented
and bilingual family law attorneys who specialize in international family law
matters. As such, Mr. Ohara has established himself as a leading figure
consulting on Japan’s implementation of the Hague Convention on International
"The issues regarding taking a child away”, The Lawyers,
September 2011 Issue.
"A look at the case law: Ratification of Hague Convention and
the ‘best interests of the child'”, The Lawyers, September 2011 Issue.
"Ratification of the Hague Convention and the importance of
international family mediation”, The Lawyers, August 2011 Issue.
"International trends in the management of a law office and
the future of law offices in Japan and Osaka”, The Lawyers, August 2006 Issue/
"Coping strategies for the cases in which a Japanese company
gets involved in a U.S. patent lawsuit”, Intellectual Property Management No.
55-6 , 2005.
"Statute of limitaions in patent infringement”, Intellectual
Property Management No. 53-11, 2003.
21st century attorneys (Co-author), Yuhikaku Publishing Co.,
"International competition in the legal profession and the
monopoly of legal services by attorneys”, Freedom and Justice, the Japan
Federation of Bar Associations, August 2000 issue.
Law and business in Japan (Co-author), Commercial Law
Centre, Inc., 2000.
"Gats and the international deregulation of the attorney
profession”, Freedom and Justice, the Japan Federation of Bar Associations,
July 1999 issue.
Proposals for the judicial system in the 21st century
intellectual property rights (Co-author), Nippon-Hyoron-Sha Co., Ltd., 1998.
Intellectual property rights (Co-author), The Japan
Intellectual Property Association, 1995.
The laws of international litigation (Co-author), Seirin