Kobayashi & Yugeta Law Office
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Attorney-at-law in Japan, 2007
Attorney-at-law in New York, 2015
Attorney-at-law in Washington D.C., 2022
Registered Foreign Lawyer, Singapore International Commercial Court (SICC), June 2015-August 2020

Kodai Kimura has focused on intellectual property from day one of his career, and currently works with a large number of contracts, legal advice and disputes in the fine art and music industries based on his experience at Universal Music LLC, as well as IP litigations.

He also handles the drafting and review of English-language contracts based on his experience of having studied in New York and having worked in Singapore as a foreign legal adviser. He provides foreign clients with legal opinions in English involving complex regulations under Japanese laws.

In the field of Art Law, Mr. Kimura advises artists, art galleries, art related start-ups, curators, art consultants, collectors, public art consulting firms and various companies involved in art projects, and has contributed articles to reputable media outlets such as Bijutsutecho, Kohkoku (Hakuhodo), and Forbes JAPAN, under the slogan "Toward establishing Art Law in Japan”.


Mar. 2005 / Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.), Keio University
Sep. 2007 / Legal Training and Research Institute of the Supreme Court of Japan
Sep. 2007 / Yuasa and Hara (-July 2017)
Feb. 2013 / Legal Intern, Danziger, Danziger & Muro, LLP, New York (-May 2013)
May. 2013 / Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Intellectual Property with Dean’s Merit Scholarship, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University
May. 2013 / Certificate in Art Business, Christie's Education, New York
Aug. 2013 / Foreign Legal Advisor, Kelvin Chia Partnership, Singapore (-September 2014)
Apr. 2015 / Part-time Lecturer ("Arts and Culture as Intellectual Property II"), Graduate School of Design, Kyushu University (-March 2022)
Jul. 2015 / Graduate Certificate in Intellectual Property Law, IP Academy & Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore
Mar. 2016 / Legal Intern (seconded through the Internship Program jointly organized by the Japan Federation of Bar Associations & the Law Society of Hong Kong), Fred Kan & Co., Hong Kong (-March 2016)
Nov. 2016 / Part-time Counsel Attorney, Universal Music LLC (Legal and Business Affairs) (-Present)
Aug. 2017 / Kobayashi & Yugeta Law Office
Sep. 2019 / Diploma in Art Law, Institute of Art and Law, UK
Jul. 2020 / Legal Advisor, Startbahn, Inc. (-Present)


- Co-Author, History of Design and Design Law: An International and Interdisciplinary Perspective, Springer, Singapore, April 2022
- Co-Author, Japanese Design Law and Practice, Wolters Kluwer, December 2020
- Present and Future of Artist’s Resale Right in Japan, Aura Contemporary Art Foundation, November 28, 2020
- Photo Copyright –The distance between “similar” and “infringement” under Japanese Copyright Law, Forbes JAPAN, November 19, 2020
- Series: Art Law, Interpretation of Contracts by Courts-The Tokyo District Court Judgment of the Hiroshi Senju Case, Bijutsutecho, October 24, 2020
- Series: Art Law, What is the Preferred Model for Cultural Policy in Japan according to the Current Worldwide Situation?, Bijutsutecho, August 23, 2020
- Series: Art Law, What is the “Artist’s Resale Right” that does not exist in Japan? -Mechanism and Significance, Bijutsutecho, June 14, 2020
- Series: Art Law, Severed Damien Hirst’s Spot Painting –ALegal Perspective Bijutsutecho, May 9, 2020
- Series: Art Law, Legal Issues facing Collectors –Interview with Charles Danziger–An Art Lawyer in New York, Bijutsutecho, April 19, 2020
- Contemporary Art and Fair Use, Kohkoku Vol 414, Hakuhodo, March 26, 2020
- Series: Art Law, The Complex System of Art Auctions–What is the Secret under “Chandelier”?, Bijutsutecho, March 7, 2020
- Series: Art Law, Rules for Using Public Art, Bijutsutecho, January 22, 2020
- Series: Art Law, The Basics of Contracts You Should Know, Bijutsutecho, December 29, 2019
- Series: Art Law, Where is the Line between Legal and Illegal?-Appropriation in Contemporary Art, Bijutsutecho, December 22, 2019
- Series: Art Law, What is Originality of Contemporary Art? -“Readymade” from the perspective of Copyright Law (2), Bijutsutecho, September 23, 2019
- Series: Art Law, What is Originality of Contemporary Art? -“Readymade” from the perspective of Copyright Law (1), Bijutsutecho, July 6, 2019
- Co-Author, Overview of Field Research on the Taiwan Intellectual Property Regime (Joint Research by the Japan Federation of Bar Associations, Committee on Intellectual Property Rights & the Intellectual Property Lawyers Network Japan), Chizai Prism No. 196, January 2019, p.43
- Co-Author, Overview of Field Research on the Vietnam Intellectual Property Regime (Joint Research by the Japan Federation of Bar Associations, Committee on Intellectual Property Rights & the Intellectual Property Lawyers Network Japan), Chizai Prism No. 185, February 2018, p.1
- Translation, Sarah Burstein, The Standard Criticism of U.S. Design Patents, Special Issue of Japanese Society for the Science of Design, Vol. 25-2, No.98, October 2017, p.84
- Falling in Love in a Foreign Country, Lexology, Globe Business Media Group, April 5, 2017
- Co-Author, Overview of Field Research on the Singapore Intellectual Property Regime (Joint Research by the Japan Federation of Bar Associations, Committee on Intellectual Property Rights & the Intellectual Property Lawyers Network Japan), Chizai Prism No. 172, January 2017, p.1
- Product Design Protection in Singapore - A Model Enhancing Incentives for Design Registration, The Legal System of Design Protection: Current Situation and Issues through the Perspective of Jurists and Designers, Nippon Hyoron Sha Co., Ltd., December 20, 2016, p.167
- Is a TRIPP TRAPP High Chair Really Copyrighted Work? – Aiming towards a deeper interpretation of “within the artistic domain” –, Patent, Vol. 69, No.7, May 2016, p.94
- Smaller World, Center for Art Law, March 30, 2016
- MINE, YOURS OR OURS? - cutting edge copyright issue for hairdresser & photographer, Lexology, Globe Business Media Group, March 10, 2016
- An Old Fashioned Arch, Lexology, Globe Business Media Group, January 15, 2016
- Is This Just a Chair or Not?, Lexology, Globe Business Media Group, July 9, 2015
- Co-Author, Introduction of Thai Law Practice, Lexis AS ONE Business Issues, June 2015 - July 2016
- Substantial Similarity of Photographic works under the U.S. Copyright Law – Harney v. Sony Pictures TV, Inc. -, Kokusai Shoji Houmu, Vol. 43, No.6, June 2015, p.930
- Generous Intellectual Property Regime in Singapore for Parallel Import of Genuine Goods, Patent News, No. 13885, Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry, January 23, 2015
- Invitation to Intellectual Property Law of Singapore – a Comparison with Japanese Laws, Tokugikon, No. 275, November 2014, p.34
- The Reality of Singapore - the Hub of Southeast Asia, Agrospacia, January 2014 - October 2014
- Enforcement of the Singapore Personal Data Protection Act – Focusing on Japanese Companies, AsiaX, Vol. 263, August 18, 2014
- Walking around the Orchard Talking about Brand Protection in Singapore, AsiaX, Vol. 259, June 16, 2014
- The Consumer Protection Act in Singapore, Lemon Law, AsiaX, Vol.251, February 17, 2014
- Approach of the Singapore Copyright Act for Industrial Design, AsiaX, Vol. 243, October 7, 2013
- The Forefront of Fashion Laws in Japan and the U.S. by Kodai & Charles (3)-Monopoly of a Single Color -Louboutin’s Red Sole, Senken Shimbun, November 18, 2013
- The Forefront of Fashion Laws in Japan and the U.S. by Kodai & Charles (2)-Sales of Counterfeit Goods in Online Shopping Malls –Are Rakuten and eBay Responsible?, Senken Shimbun, November 15, 2013
- The Forefront of Fashion Laws in Japan and the U.S. by Kodai & Charles (1)-Legal Protection for Apparel Designs in Japan but not in the U.S. -Is a Jovani dress a copyrighted work?, Senken Shimbun, November 14, 2013
- Can YouTube Reach the Safe Harbor? – Viacom v. YouTube Copyright Infringement Lawsuit Second Circuit Decision, Kokusai Shoji Houmu, Vol. 40, No.9, September 2012, p.1438
- Significance of Copyright Requirements for Authorship and Fixation as Questioned by Wildflower Works - Chapman Kelley v. Chicago Park District, Kokusai Shoji Houmu, Vol. 39, No.10, October 2011, p.1512
- Preliminary Injunction Standard and Limits of Fair Use on Parody created by the Sequel of the Catcher in the Rye- Salinger v. Colting, Kokusai Shoji Houmu, Vol. 38, No.10, October 2010, p.1454
- Function of Fair Use in the Digital Era - A.V. v. IPARADIGMS, LLC, Kokusai Shoji Houmu, Vol. 37, No.12, December 2009, p.1692
- Interpretation regarding a Patent Assignment Clause - DDB TECHNOLOGIES, L.L.C., v. MLB ADVANCED MEDIA, L.P., Kokusai Shoji Houmu, Vol. 37, No.2, February 2009, p.242
- Co-Author, Q&A Practices in Prevention and Response to Intellectual Property Troubles, Shinnippon-Hoki, 2006

Speaking Engagements

- The Basics of Artist Rights and Contracts, Kobayashi & Yugeta Law Office, Startbahn, Inc., and One Asia Lawyers, Asian Art & Legal Practice Team, Online, October 2020
- Copyright and Contracts for Web Creators, contents.nagoya 2019, Nagoya, July 2019
- The Role of Lead Counsel and Practice on Handling Employee Invention in Southeast Asia, Takino, Kawasaki & Associates, Tokyo, June 2019
- Rights for Creators, Born Digital, Inc., Tokyo, October 2018
- Copyright Basics for Art Management, Aoyama Gakuin University, Tokyo, August 2016
- Practice on Handling Employee Invention in Southeast Asia, Yuasa and Hara, Tokyo, February 2016
- Comparison of ASEAN Labor Laws and Tips for Understanding Practical Solutions, ASEAN-Japan Centre, Tokyo, August 2014
- The Latest Map on Indonesian Legal Services – Investment Regulations and Legal Issues on Business Development, Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun Ltd. (Business & Technology Daily News), Tokyo, July 2014
- ASEAN Investment Seminar 2014 – The Latest Information regarding the Laws of Singapore Vietnam, and Indonesia, Kelvin Chia Partnership and Yuasa and Hara, Tokyo, July 2014
- The Current Situation of Legal Services for ASEAN Investment – Singapore, Vietnam, and Indonesia, Fukuoka, July 2014
- Singapore Civil Litigation Seminar – Basic Systems and Practical Points You Should Know for Better Handling, Kelvin Chia Partnership, Singapore, March 2014
- Business Development by Japanese Companies in Southeast Asia and Examples of Legal Risk Management – from Employment issues to IP Disputes in Singapore and Vietnam, Okinawa General Bureau and Japan Patent Office, Okinawa, February 2014
- Seminar on the Singapore Employment Act, Cicom Brains Asia and Kelvin Chia Partnership, Singapore, December 2013


- Daiichi Tokyo Bar Association
- Member, the Copyright Law Association of Japan
- Member, South East Asian IP Network of Japanese Commerce and Industry
- International Business Advisor, Organization for Small & Medium Enterprises and Regional Innovation, JAPAN (SME Support, JAPAN)(April 2015-March 2020)
- Member, Intellectual Property Lawyers Network Japan (July 2015-present)
- Co-Chair, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Japan Alumni Club(August 2015-present)
- Member, Inter-Pacific Bar Association (IPBA)(October 2015-present)
- Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC) HK45(December 2015-present)
- Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) YSIAC(December 2015-present)
- Anti-Counterfeit Advisor, Japan Institute for Promoting Invention and Innovation (April 2016-March 2017)
- Support Agencies for Business Innovation, the Small and Medium Enterprise Agency(April 2017-present)
- Member, the Japan Association for Cultural Policy Research(July 2017-present)
- Member, International Exchange Committee, Daiichi Tokyo Bar Association (April 2018-present)
- Member, The International Art Market Studies Association (TIAMSA)(August 2019-August 2021)
- Registered Expert, IP Acceleration program for Startups (IPAS), Japan Patent Office (2019-present)
- Certified Agent, Japan Professional Baseball Players Association (February 2020-September 2022)
- Official Columnist, Forbes JAPAN (November 2020-present)
- Auditor, Kinan Art Week Executive Committee (2021 and 2022)

Professional Honors

- February 2021 / Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, #CardozoLeader(in Fashion, Arts, Media, and Entertainment law)
- February 2012 / Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Dean’s Merit Scholar

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Media Appearances

- Commented,As Givenchy Campaign Stars Style Themselves, Questions of Authorship and Ownership Abound, THE FASHION LAW, February 3, 2021
- Commented,Blockchain x Art: More Tech Start-Ups Disrupting The Art Market,Art & Counsel, January 8, 2021
- Commented,Using Copyright as Leverage, Japan Sports Council Refuges to Pay Zaha Hadid, Clancco, January 20, 2016

Research Projects

- Research Collaborator, Design Creation by Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Legal Protection - Including Changes in the Concept of Design -,  Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (B) (April 2021 - March 2025)
- Research Collaborator, International Harmonization of Design Protection - Global Design Protection Based on Creative Realities, Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (B) (April 2017 - March 2021)
- Research Collaborator, Towards harmonization of design protection - through the perspective of the harmonization of creative activity and legal protection -, Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (B) (April 2014 - March 2017)

Art Projects

- MALOU A-F, Block House, Tokyo, July 20 - July 30, 2022 (Legal Consulting & Contract Drafting)
- Exhibition Sale and Purchase Project "D4C" organized by Maaru Hiyama, 2019 -  (Legal Consulting & Contract Drafting)