WATANABE Research & Consulting is a Japan-based consulting firm with expertise in intellectual property (IP) and technologies. 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. IP intelligence is required to recognize players in your target market, – i.e. competitors and potential partners. We provide you with market research based on IP data and IP strategy development services.
  • Open Innovation
    We provide technology scouting and solution development services which include identification of potential partners or licensees. We 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.


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 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 an adviser for a Japanese fastest growing IP firm Shobayashi International, and a consultant for a Chinese incubation company HTB Innovation.