WATANABE Research & Consulting is a Japan-based consulting firm with expertise in intellectual property (IP) and technology. We assist you to develop your business in Japan by maximizing IP value. We provide three types of services below:

  • IP Intelligence for Business
    Intellectual Property is not just a legal right, but an essential tool for executing your business strategy successfully. You need IP intelligence to recognize players in your target market, – i.e. competitors and potential partners. We provide you with market research using IP data and help you with IP strategy development. Furthermore, we provide a virtual Chief Intellectual Property Officer  (CIPO) which serves as your CIPO assisting you with a best-in-class insights on managing the integration of IP with business strategy for the success of your business.
  • Open Innovation
    We provide technology transfer, IP transaction, and solution development services for you. The service includes identification of potential partners or licensees who may have interest in working with you. We have a global network and are willing to play the role of providing a bridge between you and potential partners.
  • Business Development
    Are you planning to expand your business to Japan? We provide you cost-effective business development support service. We can act as your Japan desk. If desired, we can set up a meeting with potential partners for you.


Satoshi Watanabe, Founder of WATANABE Research & Consulting, is a consultant having a background as patent attorney and intellectual property (IP) analyst with more than 20 years of professional experiences. He started his career at IBM as an engineer for system evaluation on competitors’ products. He was involved in a copyright (software) infringement case to prepare evidences, and that became an opportunity to move to IP world. He handled all types of IP matters including patent, copyright, trademark, contract, and license. When he began to take an interest in open innovation, he moved to Intellectual Ventures (IV) which is the world’s biggest IP fund management company. At IV, for its Invention Development Fund, he worked with researchers and engineers to create great ideas for solution of critical issues and monetization. He is working as an adviser for a Japanese fastest growing IP firm Shobayashi International, a consultant for a Chinese incubation company HTB Innovation, and US technology development company BijuSoft.