Boyle Fredrickson and Kikkoman Representatives Discuss International Relations

Boyle Fredrickson Vice President, Atty. Michael Gratz, recently welcomed Kikkoman Chairman and CEO Yuzaburo Mogi and General Counsel Mick Neshek to Milwaukee as part of the 2008 Midwest U.S. – Japan Association Conference. Together Mogi, Neshek and Gratz discussed the conference, the status of trade relations between Japan and the U.S. and the impact American entrepreneurs have on the Japanese economy.

“Both Mr. Mogi and Mr. Neshek were impressed by the U.S. business representatives speaking at the conference,” notes Gratz. “It was a pleasure to have met with them on their visit to Milwaukee. As a nation that relies on innovation and technical expertise to help drive their economy, the Japanese have a great reliance on intellectual property. I look forward to our continued relationship and the opportunity to continue our lively discussions.”

With a history dating back over 300 years, Kikkoman is among the most recognized names in food condiments. Kikkoman currently maintains production facilities in Japan, the United States, the Netherlands, Singapore, Taiwan and China. Boyle Fredrickson has served Kikkoman on trademark and licensing matters in the U.S. for the past six years.

The Midwest U.S. – Japan Association is comprised of ten states (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio and Wisconsin) and supports the Midwest business community’s growing understanding of Japan’s markets and resources, showcasing the Midwest as America’s most dynamic business environment and expressing the many investment opportunities and export potential that lie within Midwest communities and businesses.


About Boyle Fredrickson

Established in 1999, Boyle Fredrickson has grown to become Wisconsin’s largest intellectual property law firm. You’ve got ideas, we protect them.

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