Rieko provides tri-lingual advice on both contentious and non-contentious IP matters predominantly to Japanese clients.

Rieko is a Partner in our Intellectual Property Group, based in Beijing.

Having lived in China for over twenty years, she has acquired deep insights into the handling of legal matters in China.  She has managed IP portfolios for global clients across numerous industries including gaming, publishing, retail, technology, electronics and industrial machinery.

She has extensive experience in coordinating of IP disputes including patents, copyrights, trade mark, trade secrets and unfair competitions in China.  Rieko leads the anti-counterfeiting practice in China and works closely with regional partners and specialists in the Asia Pacific region on cross-border matters.

Rieko also spends a significant amount of her time in Japan where she regularly hosts training seminars for Japanese clients and key organisations such as JIPA and JETRO in Japan, and also in China and Hong Kong. 

She started her journey in China as a language student in Beijing in 1994 and was one of the first foreign students to study Chinese Law, undertaking the undergraduate programme at People’s University in 1996. After graduating, Rieko worked for a leading Japanese law firm in Beijing and moved to Shanghai to establish its second branch office. She then joined another leading law firm’s IP group in Hong Kong and relocated back to Shanghai, working there for five years.

Rieko has also earned an LLM degree from Northwestern University in Chicago and qualified in New York.

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Lawyer Testimonials
  1. Rieko Michishita has called China home for 20 years. She is best known for her astute insight into the Chinese market and her ability to bridge cultural differences; she is an absolute repository of trust for Japanese companies

    WTR 1000 2019
  2. "Representing beloved pillars of Japanese pop culture in China, Rieko Michishita takes advantage of more than two decades of living on the mainland to offer striking local insights to clients"

    WTR 1000 2018
  3. "Hotshot enforcer Rieko Michishita is a go-to for tricky cross-border anti-counterfeiting briefs between China, Taiwan and Hong Kong" and "she is a particular favourite among Japanese companies seeking clued-up counsel across the water."

    WTR 1000, 2017