Welty, Shimeall, Ito & Associates
International Law & Patent Office

5th Floor, Kojimachi, NK Building
2-14-2 Kojimachi, Chiyoda-ku, P.O. Box 995

Tokyo 100-8692, Japan

Telephone: +81-3-3262-3101

Fax: +81-3-3262-3102

Email: info@welty.jp

Statement of Practice:
Corporation Law, Investments, Patents, Trademarks, Copyrights and Unfair Competition.
Firm Profile:

The firm was founded in 1949 by the first postwar Japanese Bar admitted American lawyer, who is now one of the last of these. The firm is well-known for its intellectual property practice. Its client base is American and European.

Senior Partner Warren Shimeall is one of two U.S. Lawyers remaining in active practice who is licensed to appear in Japanese Courts and Government Ministries on behalf of foreign clients.

The firm is known for its "strategic planning" for protection of foreign clients' patents, trademarks and related intellectual property rights while engaging in full-service protection for filings, prosecutions and enforcement strategies.

Firm Size: 4

REPRESENTATIVE CLIENTS: Amoco Chemical Corp.; Armstrong World Industries, Inc.; Aseeco Corp.; Beckman Instruments, Inc.; BS & B Engineering Co.; BS ' B Safety Systems; Cincinnati Inc.; Citibank, N.A.; Cosdel Inc.; Dart Industries; Dow Corning; Dunlop Ltd.; Farrell Lines Inc.; F.W. Woolworth; Harnischfeger Corp.; Ingersoll-Rand Co.; Kearney & Trecker Corp.; Martin Marietta Corp.; Masoneilan International Corp.; Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Mead Corp.; Midland International Ltd.; NCR Corp.; Oxy Metal Industries Inc.; Prentice-Hall Inc.; Scott Paper Co.; Sperry Corp.; Standard Oil Co. (Indiana); Sybron Corp.; The M.W. Kellogg Co.; Tymshare Inc.; United Airlines; Upjohn International Inc.; Western Union Co.; Wm. Wrigley Jr. Co.

Elmer E. Welty (1906-1992).

Warren G. Shimeall, (Managing Partner) born 1925; admitted, 1949, Oklahoma; 1950, U.S. District Court, Oklahoma; 1952, Korea; 1954, Japan; 1971, U.S. Customs Court. Education: University of Tulsa, George Washington University, Oklahoma City University and University of Oklahoma (J.D., 1949). Practice Areas: Intellectual Property Law; Corporate Law.


Takeru Ito, (Member) born Iwate, Japan, January 30, 1971; admitted, 1999, Japan. Education: Meiji University (LL.B., 1993); Waseda University (LL.M., 1996). Member: Tokyo Bar Association. Languages: Japanese and English. Practice Areas: Mergers and Acquisitions; Corporate Law; Litigation; Labor Law; Information Technology; Telecommunications; Intellectual Property.


Kazunori Saitoh, (Associate) born Hokkaido, Japan, 1951; admitted, 1980, Japan. Education: Hokkaido University (B.S., Geology, 1975). Member: Japan Patent Attorneys' Association; AIPPI of Japan.