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Toshiya Watanabe

Vice President/Professor, The University of Tokyo Institute for Future Initiatives

Biography

Toshiya Watanabe completed his doctoral program in inorganic material at the engineering college of Tokyo Institute of Technology. He joined TOTO LTD in 1984. After working as assistant director at TOTO’s Photo Frontier Business Promotion Center, he received an appointment as teaching fellow at University of Tokyo’s Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology in 1998. Later, he received an appointment as professor in 2001. Currently, he is a Professor of the Institute for Future Initiatives (IFI) and Technology Management for Innovation (TMI). He is also general manager of the Division of University Corporate Relations, head of the Office of Export Control, teaching fellow at MIP of Professional Graduate School of Tokyo University of Science and a chairman of the Intellectual Property Association of Japan. He held the position as member of the Industrial Structure Council of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry. He is chairman of planning committee of Cabinet Council Intellectual Property Headquarter. He received the Nikkei Biz Tech Award in 2002 and was awarded the Prime Minister’s Prize in 2004 for his contribution in forming the alliance of industry-government-academia. He has published many books including “TLO and License Associates” (KPC) and “Introduction to Patent and Technical Transfer for People with Science and Technology Background” (Iwanami Shoten), “Intellectual Asset-Based Management General Overview Series” (Hakuto Shobo)”, IP management by Innovator” (Hakuto Shobo) and has authored more than 100 academic papers.