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•Santa Clara University School of Law, J.D.
•University of Tokyo, Ph.D., Biomedical Engineering
•Hokkaido University, M.S. Biomedical Engineering
•Hokkaido University, B.S. Electronics Engineering


•ReedSmith LLP
•Thelen, Reid, and Priest, LLP


Hitachi, Ltd., Central Research Laboratory


•District of Columbia Bar
•Minnesota Bar
•U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
•Not Admitted in Virginia


American Intellectual
Property Law Association


Yukiko's practice includes the preparation and prosecution of patent applications before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, infringement/ non-infringement opinions, and validity/invalidity opinions. Her practice focuses on the technical areas of telecommunication systems, computer networks, software applications, signal processing, medical imaging and information systems, bioinformatics, data storage systems, business methods, semiconductor devices, electrical circuitry, liquid crystal devices, plasma display devices, medical devices, optical devices, and mechanical devices.

Yukiko has over 20 years of combined intellectual property law and research & development experience. Prior to joining SCLC as a patent attorney, Yukiko practiced at ReedSmith LLP and Thelen, Reid, and Priest, LLP. In her career, Yukiko has represented various large multinational corporations, large research universities, research institutes, small and mid-sized companies, technology start-ups, and individuals.

Before becoming a patent attorney, Yukiko held various research positions at Hitachi, Ltd., Central Research Laboratory, and the University of Minnesota. At Central Research Laboratory, Hitachi, Ltd., Yukiko was engaged in research and development of algorithms and hardware for various medical imaging systems including MRI, bio-magnetism, and ultrasound imaging. At the University of Minnesota, Yukiko conducted research on medical devices used for MRI dynamic imaging.

Yukiko is bilingual in English and Japanese and is the author of six publications in major scientific journals and many series of articles relating to U.S. patent law on the Nikkei website. Yukiko also has five United States Patents, seven Japanese Patents, and twenty-seven Japanese Patent Application Publications published in her name.