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Goldstein, Ryan S.
Direct Tel: +81 3 4577 5303, Direct Fax: +81 3 4577 5320 View Tokyo Website
Tel: +81 3 4577 5300 Fax: +81 3 4577 5320
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Tel: +1 213 443 3000 Fax: +1 213 443 3100

Ryan Goldstein is the head of Quinn Emanuel's Tokyo Office and lives full time in Japan. Ryan's practice is devoted to complex business litigation, including patent and intellectual property litigation, antitrust, class actions, product liability, criminal investigations, defamation, and contract/fraud disputes. With respect to patent work, he has litigated and advised clients in a wide range of technologies, including complex cellular communications technology, television technology, semiconductor technology, encryption systems, GPS and other navigation systems, automobile technology, internet provider systems, printers and print heads, fiber optics, and electric razors, amongst others. He has also litigated extensively in the fields of software and hardware implementation and aerospace contracts, and mechanical engineering. In addition to being involved in approximately 20 ITC lawsuits, Ryan also frequently appears in the ICC in international arbitrations.

Moreover, Mr. Goldstein has unique expertise in advising Japanese clients and litigating on their behalf. His fluency has allowed him to work closely with Japanese clients on all phases of litigation, from document collection and production to the preparation and defending of key witnesses (including numerous patent inventors), all in Japanese.

Ryan teaches comparative international law, in Japanese, at Doshisha University and Tokyo University. He also served as a visiting scholar at Waseda University Law School, and has been invited to speak as a visiting lecturer at Waseda Law School, Keio Law School, Keio Law Department, Doshisha University, Seikei Law School, and Omiya Law School, amongst others. He generally lectures, in Japanese, on a variety of topics related to complex litigation, including patent and intellectual property law issues, the attorney-client privilege, trial strategy, and e-discovery. Ryan was the keynote speaker at an IP Forum sponsored by the Sankei Newspaper that drew over 400 participants. He has appeared in over 50 Japanese publications, including feature articles in the Nikkei Newspaper, Sankei Newspaper, Lawyers Magazine, Nikkei Business Journal, and Business Law Journal. He has also been interviewed in national Japanese radio programs, in Japanese, on aspects of U.S. law.

Ryan has also been appearing regularly as a CNN as a commentator on CNN Saturday Night, a live CNN Japan news show that airs weekly on the BS Asahi channel.

Ryan has been named the “Best Lawyer in Japan” or the “Litigation Lawyer of the Year” in Japan every year for the last six years. In 2015, Ryan was named one of the world’s leading patent professionals for his work in Japan by IAM Patent 1000, where he was described as a “polyglot” and “terrific communicator…who notched up courtroom victories for a wide array of electronics entities.”  Ryan has been ranked in the categories of Dispute Resolution and Intellectual Property by Chambers Global, Chambers Asia Pacific, and Legal 500 Asia Pacific  numerous years in a row. Ryan was also recently recognized by The Nikkei as one of Japan's Top 10 Lawyers for Foreign Law.  He was also named by The Daily Journal as one of the top 20 lawyers in California under 40 years old, and has been named a "Rising Star" by Super Lawyers Magazine.  He has also been named a “Local Disputes Star” for Arbitration, Antitrust, IP, and Class Action by Benchmark Asia-Pacific.

  • In intellectual property matters, he has represented Sony, Canon, , Kyocera, Ricoh, Samsung, Nissan, NEC, Ford, Clarion, Furuno, Seiko Epson, LINE, Pioneer, Sanyo, Opto, Hamamatsu, Sharp, Seiko Instruments, Nanao and numerous others.
  • Mr. Goldstein has also been involved with numerous international arbitrations including arbitrations in the ICC on behalf of Nissan Chemical and Isuzu.
  • Other notable clients include Mitsubishi Electronics, DoCoMo, IP Bridge, Panasonic, Marubeni, Suzuki Motors, IBM, Tsuburaya, Toray, Asahi Glass, Otsuka, Tokio Marine, Shogakukan, Asia University, K-1, Titan Kogyo, the NFL Network, and Sony Bank.
  • Won jury trial and appeal for Tsuburaya Productions – the created of Ultraman – over who owned the rights to Ultraman and all Ultraman-related characters and goods in the United States.
  • Represents IP Bridge in its patent matters involving both telecommunications and semiconductor patents.
  • Represents Canon in major, multi-party litigation involving communications patents. Obtained complete invalidation of all patent claims against Canon.
  • Represents Opto Electronics and its affiliates in its international patent lawsuits, which included both ITC and district court matters in the United States.
  • Represents DoCoMo in its international patent matters.
  • Represents Hamamatsu in semiconductor patent litigation.
  • Represented Samsung and Google against Apple in numerous ITC and district court cases involving cell phone and software technology.
  • Represented Qualcomm against claims of patent infringement and antitrust violations by Apple.
  • Represented Canon, Nikon, Kyocera, LINE, Pioneer, and Sanyo in its patent litigations.
  • Represented Mitsubishi Electronics in its antitrust litigation.
  • Represented NEC, Clarion, Nissan and Ford in ITC matter involving GPS and automobile and navigation technology.
  • Represented Ricoh in major contract and patent actions involving a well-known U.S. film manufacturer.
  • Represented Sony Electronics in numerous patent litigations involving television technology, including both ITC and district court litigations.
  • Represented Furuno Electronics in ITC and district court litigations involving GPS technology.
  • Represented Seiko Epson and Epson America in class action involving claims against printer technology. Obtained dismissal of lawsuit at district court level.
  • Represented Seiko Epson in one of the largest patent infringement cases ever filed with the International Trade Commission, asserting eleven patents and thirty-one claims against 1,000 different cartridge models sold by twenty-four manufacturers, importers and distributors of aftermarket ink cartridges for resale in the U.S. After a 7-day trial, the Administrative Law Judge found for our client on every asserted patent and claim, against every single accused product that was adjudicated, and against every respondent that had not already entered into a consent order, and based thereon, it issued a general exclusion order prohibiting all companies, whether or not they were parties to the ITC proceeding, from importing and selling infringing cartridges in the U.S.
  • Represented a global telecommunications company in patent infringement case in the International Trade Commission, obtaining a finding of non-infringement on all patents asserted against our client and invalidating one of the patents asserted as well. Also represented this company in numerous other patent litigations.
  • Represented Eizo Nanao in numerous U.S. patent litigations.
  • Represented Suzuki Motor Corporation in product liability class action filed in Florida.
  • Represents Marubeni in numerous actions, including disputes in California and New York.
  • Represented Seiko Instruments Inc. as defendant in patent suit brought in Texas. Obtained summary judgment of non-infringement.
  • Represented the Japanese publisher Shogakukan in a defamation case brought by Soka University of America. Obtained dismissal of lawsuit and requested attorneys' fees. Case now on appeal.
  • Representing Isuzu as a plaintiff in a suit predicated on a failed development project. As part of the case, obtained favorable ICC arbitration ruling permitting Isuzu to pursue its claims in district court.
  • Prevailed on a motion for preliminary injunction in a suit brought by wrestler Bob Sapp. The lawsuit was dismissed soon thereafter.
  • Represented Bridgestone in government investigations.
  • Harvard Law School
    (J.D., magna cum laude, 1998)
    • Ames Moot Court Competition
      • Semi-Finalist, 1997
  • Waseda University Graduate School of Commerce
    (Tokyo Monbusho Scholarship, 1993-1995)
  • Dartmouth College
    (B.A., summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 1993)
  • The State Bar of California
  • Law Clerk to the Hon. Judith N. Keep:
    • United States District Court for the Southern District of California, 1998-1999
  • Named The Best Lawyers in Japan  for Intellectual Property Law and Litigation, 2015-2021
  • Ranked by Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2019 in Japan: Dispute Resolution as a Leading Individual.
  • Ranked by Chambers Asia-Pacific in Japan Dispute Resolution: International, 2019
  • Ranked by Chambers Asia-Pacific in Japan Intellectual Property: International, 2019
  • Asialaw and Benchmark Litigation Dispute Resolution Awards 2018 nomination for Disputes star of the year for Japan
  • Ranked by Who’s Who Legal 2018 in Japan’s Intellectual Property Litigation
  • Named “Complex Business Litigation Lawyer of the Year” in Japan at the 2018 International Advisory Experts Awards
  • Ranked by Chambers Asia-Pacific 2018 in Japan Dispute Resolution: International
  • Ranked by Chambers Asia-Pacific 2018 in Japan Intellectual Property: International
  • Named a “Recognised Practitioner” by Chambers Asia-Pacific 2018
  • Named a “Business Litigation Lawyer of the Year” by ACQ5 Law Awards 2017
  • Named by The Nikkei as one of Japan's Top 10 Lawyers for Foreign Law
  • Ranked as a Leading Lawyer in Japan Dispute Resolution by Legal 500 Asia-Pacific 2016
  • Ranked as a Recommended Lawyer in Japan Intellectual Property by Legal 500 Asia-Pacific 2016
  • Ranked by Chambers Asia Pacific 2016 for Japan Dispute Resolution: International Firms
  • Ranked as a Recommended Individual in Japan: foreign litigation by IAM Patent 1000
  • Ranked by Chambers Global 2015 in Japan Dispute Resolution
  • Ranked by Chambers Asia-Pacific 2015
  • Ranked as a Leading Lawyer in Japan Dispute Resolution by Legal 500 Asia-Pacific 2015
  • Ranked as a Recommended Lawyer in Japan Intellectual Property by Legal 500 Asia-Pacific 2015
  • Ranked in Japan Dispute Resolution: International Firms by Chambers Asia-Pacific 2014
  • Named a “Local Disputes Star” for Arbitration, Antitrust, IP, and Class Action by Benchmark Asia-Pacific 2014
  • Ranked as a Leading Lawyer in Japan Dispute Resolution: International Firms and Joint Ventures by Legal 500 2012
  • Named a "Rising Star" by Super Lawyers Magazine 2010-2011
  • Named by California Law Business as one of the top 20 lawyers in California under 40 years old, 2008

“Seigi no Mikata (Champion of Justice)” Osaka Asahi TV broadcast (June 1, 2019)

Special Lecture:  “Preparing Witnesses and Cross Examination in International Arbitration,” The Japan Arbitration Association (June 12, July 3, 2019)

“Japan is Falling Behind in International Business Arbitration,” The Nikkei (May 12, 2019)

Panelist:  Intellectual Property Issues in International Arbitration, IPBA Singapore (April 25-27, 2019)

International Business:  “Why Japanese Students Struggle,” The Nikkei, Legal Affairs (April 24, 2019)

“The Most Feared Law Firm: Negotiation Skills You Can Use Immediately,” Huffington Post (April 2, 2019)

“Why Japanese Typical Negotiation Does Not Work in International Business Negotiations,” Aera, Diamond Online (April 2, 2019)

“Useful to Know:  International Negotiation,” JMOOC CAST (March 22, 2019)

“The Most Feared Law Firm: Negotiation Skills,” Huffington Talk, Broadcast (March 22, 2019)

“Black Suits and Black Briefcases: Inefficiencies in the Japanese Business Recruiting Process,” Asahi Newspaper (March 19, 2019)

“Differences between Japan and United States University Entrance,” Asahi Newspaper (March 18, 2019)

“Scallop Fisherman and the Victims of the Tohoku Earthquake,” TV Asahi (March 14, 2019)

“Weapons of Negotiation - 20 Rules for Professional Negotiators,” UCHIDA TV (Jan 30, 2019)

Serial articles: “ Weapons of Negotiation,” Diamond Online (Nov 2018 to Current)

“Litigation Strategies for the US International Trade Commission,” IP Management (January 2019)

Official Contributor, Huffington Post (2019 to Current)

The Weapons of Negotiation, Diamond, Inc. (November 2018)

“10 Rules for Japanese Companies When Negotiating Against US Companies in Negotiation and Litigation,” Business Houmu (January 2018) 

Panelist, Judicial Symposium on Intellectual Property :  “Patent Trials in the US:  Mock Trial  - Panel Discussion,” (October 2018)

The Nikkei Sangyo (October 18, 2018)

“Inside the Law,” The Nikkei  (October 17, 2018)

“Foreign Attorneys Around the Globe,“ Business Houmu (November 2018)

“Making Japan the Base for International Dispute Resolution (International Arbitration),” Horitsu No Hiroba (August, 2018)

“America’s Unease with a Conservative Supreme Court,” Huffington Post (July 13, 2018)

“Is Your Company Falling into the Trap of Traditional Gender Roles?” Huffington Post (April 13, 2018)

“Different Approaches in College Admissions for Japan and the U.S.,” Huffington Post (February 13, 2018)

Regular Host and Commentator of “CNN Focus,” BS Asahi, Saturday at 11:30 pm (international news and public interest coverage in Japanese)

“GE Faces Class Action Lawsuits Filed by Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Accident Victims in the U.S.,” Weekly Asahi (December 2, 2017)

Keynote Speaker, International Business Mediation Seminar: “Kyoto Protocol and U.S. Litigation,” (December 1, 2017)

“Do Americans Really Want to be Armed?” Huffington Post (November 2, 2017)

Panelist, LAWASIA Tokyo: “Legal Practice and Technological Innovations,” (September 20, 2017)

“How President Trump is Still Supported,” Huffington Post (August 29, 2017)

“Understanding President Trump’s Negotiation Strategy,” Huffington Post (July 3, 2017)

“America’s Views on Immigrants and Immigration Policy,” Huffington Post (May 14, 2017)

“Nomination of the 9th Supreme Court Justice - Should We Fear This Selection More Than The President?” Huffington Post (March 16, 2017)

"Corruption Claims Against Foreign Companies:  Views on Enforcement Issues” Nikkei Morning Edition (November, 21 2016)

“Apprehension Regarding the U.S. Presidential Election” The Huffington Post (November, 7 2016)

“Pokemon Go Players – Have You Read the Terms of Use?” Nikkei Morning Edition (August 15, 2016)

“Analyzing IP Litigation and Strategy,” Business Law Journal (October 2016)

“Koyusho,” Nikkei Morning Edition Column (August 8, 2016)

“Contract Clauses Held to be Invalid” Nikkei Morning Edition (August 8, 2016)

“Understanding NPEs and Preparing for Lawsuits,” Intellectual Property Management Vol. 1 (January 2016)

Regular commentator and host for “CNN Saturday Night,” BS Asahi, Saturday at 11:30 pm

Cover, The Lawyers (December 2015)

“Trends and Expectations of Civil and Criminal Enforcement Proceedings by the DOJ,” The Lawyers (December 2015)

“Understanding the Trends of NPE Lawsuits Involving the Automotive Industries,” Chizai Ken Forum (Autumn, 2015)

“Small Businesses Can Win Patent Litigations in the US,” Business Homu (September, 2015)

“Protecting Companies from Class Actions I: Advantages Japanese Companies Have in Class Action Litigation,” Diamond Online (May 27, 2015)

“Protecting Companies from Class Actions II: How to Avoid Class Actions,” Diamond Online (May 28, 2015)

“Protecting Companies from Class Actions III: Discovery and Apologies – How to Approach Class Actions,” Diamond Online (May 29, 2015)

“Patent Mock Trial in the U.S.” 10th Anniversary of the Founding of the IP High Court, (April 2015)

“Automotive Recalls: Acknowledging Risks – Interviews with Three Experts,” The Nikkei (January 19, 2015)

Q&A: Takata – Automobile Recalls and Legal Responsibility in the United States, The Nikkei (December 8, 2014)

“U.S. Bribery Prohibition Law (FCPA)” Nikkei Morning Edition (May 12, 2014)

“An Expert’s Perspective,” Nikkei Sangyo Shimbun (April 25, 2014)

“Realities of a Business Litigator,” Nikkei Morning Edition (January 6, 2014)

"American Principles,” The Lawyers, monthly column (April 2010 - current)

Recognized by The Nikkei as one of “Japan's Top 10 Lawyers for Foreign Law” Nikkei online (December 16, 2013)

Keynote Speaker, IP Business Forum: “Monetizing Patents in United States Litigation” (December 5, 2013)

“eDiscovery Costs: Recent Trends in US,” Business Law Journal (September 2013)

“Monetizing Patents as a Business Strategy,” Business Law Journal (Feature Article, October 2013)

“Intellectual Property Litigation by U.S., Chinese and Korean Companies in the United States,”  Fuji Sankei Business Eye (January 23, 2013) 

The Lawyers (Cover Story, February 2013)

“Apple vs. Samsung and the Smart Phone Lawsuits:  What Japanese Industry Can Learn” (Featured, February 2013)

Feature Story:  “Ryan Goldstein:  The Man Who Stands Up to Apple” Nikkei Business (January 28, 2013)

“Apple vs. Samsung: The Fight for Injunctions,” Nikkei Online (December 22, 2012)

“Business Forum: Taking Advantage of Intellectual Property,” Fuji Sankei Business Eye (Summary of December 5, 2012 Forum, Main Speaker)

“Important facts regarding the recent amendments to the U.S. Patent Law,” Business Law Journal (October, 2012 edition)

“Hidden Truths in U.S. Litigation: Views from an Expert U.S. Patent Litigator and Trial Lawyer,” Nikkei Morning Edition (September 12, 2012)

“IP Business: Training personnel to survive U.S. patent litigation,” Fuji Sankei Business Eye (July 30, 2012)

“Legal Trends”  Nikkei (morning edition) (July 23, 2012)

“Effective ways of dealing with Patent Trolls,” Business Journal (March, 2012 edition)

“Verdicts in technology theft and patent cases in the U.S.:  Affect on Japanese companies operating in the U.S. market,” Nikkei Online (January 13, 2012)

“The Misnomer of the ‘Rocket Docket’ of the US District Court, Eastern District of Texas,” Business Law Journal (December 2011)

The Lawyers (Cover Story, December 2011)

“New Risks in the U.S. Patent Litigation - Marking Trolls”  Nikkei Online (September 15, 2011)

“Document Retention and Litigation Holds:  Advice for Japanese Companies,” Nihon Keizai Shinbun (morning edition) (June 27, 2011)

“Making Use of Intellectual Property,” Fuji Sankei Business Eye (May 23, 2011)

“New Twists in Patent Litigation,” Business Law Journal (May 2011)

“Industry Crisis Management In Wake of Great East Japan Earthquake," Nihon Keizai Shimbun (morning edition) (April 4, 2011)

Co-author, “Jury Instructions and Opinion Letters: Important Trends to Consider in Any Patent Case,” The Lawyers (November 2010)

“Trends in Legal Technology,” Business Law Journal (October 2010)

Gekkan Kokusai Houmu Senryaku, Vol. 12-12 (2004)

“The Toyota Recall: The Response of Japanese Companies to Crises in the U.S. Market, ” Nippon Housou Radio, commentator for “Ohayo GOODDAY” hosted by Masahiko Ueyanagi

“Strategy Issues in Representing Public Figures in Jury Trials: Japan and Manabu Oshio,” Nippon Housou Radio, commentator for “Gogo Ban”

Co-author, "Tokkyo Soshou Wakai Wa Naze Beikoku Dokusenkinshihou Ihan No Utagai wo Ukeyasui No Ka?:  Mondai ni Taisuru Ninshiki Busoku Kara Hassei Suru Risuku No Jissai" (published in Japanese and under English Title: "The Susceptibility of Patent Litigation Settlements to Scrutiny Under the United States Antitrust Laws:  The Risk of Not Being Aware")

  • Member, Japan America Society
  • Member, Waseda Alumni Club of Los Angeles (Toumonkai)
  • Member, Tokyo American Club