Makoto Matsumiya

  • Lawyer (Kobe and Osaka offices)
  • Patent attorney

Makoto Matsumiya’s main practice areas are dispute resolution relating to intellectual property and internet-related disputes, licensing contracts for the use of patents, trademarks, copyrights and other intellectual property, joint development contracts and cross-border transactions. Using his background in physics, Makoto also has experience in patent acquisition matters. Based on his knowledge and experience gained from working at Higashimachi’s Imabari office and post-graduate study in the United Kingdom, Makoto also provides advice to clients in relation to maritime law matters, including charterparties, shipbuilding contracts and ship financing.

Professional History

1977 Born in Mie Prefecture, Japan
1999 Graduated from Osaka University, Faculty of Physics
2004 Completed doctorate studies at Department of Earth and Space Science, Graduate School of Science, Osaka University
2007 Graduated from Kobe University Law School; passed Bar exam
2008 Completed legal training; registered as a lawyer; joined Higashimachi Law Office
2009〜2011 Adjunct Lecturer, University of Hyogo Graduate School Accounting research section (Financial Instruments and Exchange Act, Commercial Code)
2010 Registered as a patent lawyer
2010〜2012 Fellow at Kobe University’s Graduate School of Law
2011 Member of the Disaster Recovery Support Committee, Japan Federation of Bar Associations
2014~ Member of the Foreign Lawyers & International Legal Practice Committee, Japan Federation of Bar Associations
2017 Completed LLM in Maritime Law at University of Southampton
Trained at law firms in England and Germany
Promoted to Higashimachi LPC partner


“Rules for International Jurisdiction Related to Maritime Matters in Japan” (2018) Wave Length 20.
“Q&A: Law and Tax concerning Natural Disasters” (co-author), (edited by the Disaster Relief Law Research Association), Shin Nihon Hoki
“Reconstructing the primordial spectrum from WMAP data by the cosmic inversion method” Astrophys.J.607 32-39 (2004) (co-author)
“Circular Polarization from Gamma-ray Burst Afterglows” Astrophys.J. 595 L25-L28 (2003) (co-author)
“Results of observing fluctuations in space microwave background radiation using WMAP satellites” Physical Society of Japan journal, Vol. 5, p.8-231 (2003) (co-author)
“Cosmic inversion: Reconstructing primordial spectrum from CMB anisotropy” Phys. Rev. D, 65, 083007 (2002) (co-author)

Seminars and Presentations

Q&A for real estate damaged by natural disaster
Hyogo Association of Real Estate Appraisers periodic training seminar, 9th December 2011


Japan Association of Arbitrators
Maritime Law Association of Japan
The Inter-Pacific Bar Association