• Toshiya Watanabe

    Toshiya Watanabe
    Vice Director, Institute for Future Initiatives
    Professor, Institute for Future Initiatives
    Executive Director / Executive Vice President
    Professor, Department of Technology Management for Innovation, Graduate School of Engineering (Additional Post)
Biographical statement

Toshiya Watanabe is conducting intensive study on “Intellectual Property Policy and Management” for innovation strategy, profiting from various organizational management resources as well as management of uncertain technology by 1) Empirical analysis using statistical data and/or questionnaire survey, 2) Case study 3) Project study collaborating with companies, government and international organizations.

Research Fields
  • Intellectual Property Policy
  • Innovation Policy
  • Technology Management
Brief CV

Toshiya Watanabe finished the doctoral course of inorganic material engineering faculty at Tokyo Institute of Technology. After fifteen years career of researcher of manufacturing company, he was appointed to become guest professor at University of Tokyo’s Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology in 1998. Later, he was appointed as professor of the same center in 2001. Currently he is a Professor of the Policy Alternatives Research Institute and Technology Management for Innovation (TMI). He is also appointed Vice President of University. As for activity for government policy, he is a chairman of planning committee of Cabinet Council Intellectual Property Headquarter.


He received Nikkei Biz Tech Award in 2002 and won the Prime Minister’s Prize in 2004 for his contribution in forming the alliance of industry-government-academia. He has written many books including “TLO and License Associates” (KPC) and “Introduction to Patent and Technical Transfer for People with Science and Technology Background” (Iwanami Shoten), “Intellectual Asset-Based Management General Overview Series” (Hakuto Shobo)”IP management by Innovator”(Hakuto Shobo)