Former deputy commissioner of the Japan Patent Office
Shinjiro Ono first joined the Japan Patent Office (JPO) in 1970. Following several years in which he took time out from the JPO to study in the US and to serve as first secretary of the Permanent Mission of Japan, he returned and held several senior positions at the JPO before finally being appointed deputy commissioner in June 2002. Ono remained in this post until October 2005, during which time he helped to introduce significant improvements to the examination system in order to achieve timely, high-quality patent examination. He also vigorously advanced trilateral (EPO, USPTO, JPO) cooperation in patent examination and the international harmonisation of IP systems.
In October 2005 Ono joined YUASA and HARA as a partner patent attorney and, today, holds the position of senior consultant. He became a member of the board of advisers for the International Intellectual Property Institute in February 2006.