John Hardaway Discusses IP Issues in Presentation to Japanese Officials May 31, 2007
John Hardaway, a Member (partner) in Nexsen Pruet’s Greenville office, recently completed a series of presentations in Japan in which he discussed intellectual property issues with a broad range of officials and business representatives.
Hardaway, who concentrates his practice in IP and international law, was part of a delegation of the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA). He provided a series of briefings regarding the Hague system of international registrations of industrial designs, which provides a streamlined mechanism for the protection of designs in multiple countries.
His audiences included the Japanese Patent Office, the Japanese Patent Owners Association, the Japanese Patent Attorneys Association, and the Tokyo High Court.
Hardaway, who in addition to his law degree has a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in ceramic engineering, is past chairman of the AIPLA’s Intellectual Property Practice in Japan Committee.
He is also chairman-elect of the U.S. Section of the Federation Internationale des Conseils en Propriete Industrielle, the only worldwide organization of IP attorneys in private practice. Additionally, he served as president of the Patent, Trademark and Copyright Law Association of the Carolinas and chaired the Japanese Patent Office Liaison Council of the U.S. Bar.