Mitsuko (Mimi) Miyagawa

Partner at TMI Associates

Mitsuko (Mimi) Miyagawa, admitted to the Bar in Japan (1986) and New York (1994), has over 30 years’ experience handling IP matters (particularly trademarks, designs, copyright, unfair competition and trade secrets) and has represented clients in infringement litigation as well as IP-related business negotiations. Ms Miyagawa is a renowned specialist in the field of brand protection and has been ranked as one of the best IP lawyers in Japan. She has also been an active member of several committees and advisory boards organised by the Japanese government related to IP rights. She has lectured on IP law at Keio Law School and received the 2019 Intellectual Property Awards for Contribution to the IP Rights System from the Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry. Her position as an outside officer for various international corporations is evidence of her excellent skills as a corporate lawyer.


  • Harvard Law School (LLM, 1993)
  • University of Tokyo, Faculty of Law (LLB, 1984)


  • Outside director, Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (2019-)
  • Corporate auditor, Panasonic Corporation (2016-2020)
  • Outside director, ST Corporation (2015-)
  • Corporate auditor, Unilever Japan Holdings KK (2012-2016)

Public service

  • Director, Japan International Dispute Resolution Centre (2020-)
  • Chair, Committee on Intellectual Property Rights of the Japan Federation of Bar Associations (2019-2020)
  • Director, Japan Trademark Association (2015-)
  • Director, Japan Association of Arbitrators (2018-)
  • Member, Customs Dissatisfaction Review Committee and IP Subcommittee, Ministry of Finance (2017-)
  • Member, IP Strategy Headquarters of the Cabinet (2013-2017)

Recent publications and seminars

  • Chambers Global Practice Guide – Trade Marks 2020
  • “Cross Border Protection of Design”, panellist at the Global Conference 2019 of the New York State Bar Association, International Section in Tokyo
  • “Arbitrating IP Disputes”, panellist at the Inter-Pacific Bar Association Annual Meeting 2019 in Singapore
  • “Passing Off vs Unfair Competition, Protection of Brand and Design in the Fashion Field”, speaker at the International Federation of Intellectual Property Attorneys, Japan Osaka Symposium 2018

Professional associations

  • INTA
  • IPBA

Firm details

TMI Associates
23rd Floor
Roppongi Hills Mori Tower
6-10-1 Roppongi Minato-ku
Tokyo 106-6123

Contact details

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