George Kobayashi is the Chair of the firm's Distribution & Sales and Intellectual Property & Technology practice groups.
Mr. Kobayashi maintains a unique practice focusing on the representation of clients in a wide range of cross-border business transactions including joint ventures, strategic alliances and other commercial transactions. Mr. Kobayashi has represented and advised public and privately held companies in various industries, including information technology, fashion, application development, transportation, machine tool, automobile, robotics, food products and health care.
Mr. Kobayashi regularly assists his clients in all aspects of vertical distribution, including franchising; dealership and distributorship programs; sales representative and commercial agency relationships; complex commercial licensing and co-branding arrangements; and direct selling and business opportunity relationships. Mr. Kobayashi has appeared numerous times in front of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, Trademark Trial and Appeal Board and regularly advises clients on trademark, service mark, branding, copyright and other intellectual property related issues.
Mr. Kobayashi also has experience assisting companies internationally, including Japan, Mexico and Brazil, and has developed strong relationships with experienced business and legal advisors around the world to assist his clients' expansion into these markets.
Mr. Kobayashi has conducted numerous seminars, in the U.S. and in Japan (both in English and Japanese), on a broad range of distribution and sales, intellectual property and other legal issues affecting businesses conducting cross-border transactions.
Prior to law school, Mr. Kobayashi worked in Tokyo as a Product Development Manager for 3Com Corporation and its predecessor US Robotics, Inc. While at The John Marshall Law School, he studied comparative law at Temple University Law Program in Tokyo and was a legal intern at the Tokyo office of TMI Associates.