In 1988, we opened our Tokyo office to advise our Japanese clients more efficiently about the changing U.S. intellectual property laws and to assist our U.S. clients in transactions with Japanese companies. Our Tokyo office was one of the first foreign firms licensed to practice in Japan. Many of our attorneys have spent several years in the Tokyo office. Their experience and our continued presence in Japan provide us with ongoing insight into Japanese business motivations and policies and enhance our ability to communicate and practice more effectively.
Attorneys in our Tokyo office assist Japanese as well as multinational companies with their intellectual property matters in the U.S. and assist Japanese counsel in obtaining intellectual property protection for U.S. companies in Japan. Our practice includes representing Japanese and U.S. companies and companies from other regions in technology transfer negotiations, and we have considerable experience in transactions between Japanese and U.S. companies involving intellectual property litigation; International Trade Commission (ITC) investigations; international arbitrations; U.S. Customs Service actions to exclude infringing imports; licenses to export technology under U.S. export control laws; and U.S. Government contract data rights provisions.
We also work with numerous Japanese law firms and assist them in patent prosecution, trademark, and alternate dispute resolution matters in Japan. We have significant experience in the discovery practice involving litigation between U.S. and Japanese organizations and in negotiating, examining witnesses, understanding the cultural and motivational factors influencing each party, and taking and interpreting translated depositions. As one of the largest law firms in the world focusing exclusively on IP, we are well positioned to protect the diverse array of products and breakthrough discoveries across geographies and industries.