Mr. Toshihide Kasutani assumed the position of Commissioner of the Japan Patent Office (JPO) on July 20, 2020. He manages JPO operations and oversees Japan's policy on patents, trademarks, and design rights.
Through his work experience at Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and the Prime Minister’s Cabinet Office, Mr. Kasutani has served in many roles and has been mainly engaged in planning, designing and implementing industrial policies. In recent years, Mr. Kasutani has promoted the use of AI and IoT in the Japanese Industry in response to the Fourth Industrial Revolution. He has also introduced a system to prevent illegally acquired data distribution to promote data utilization. He has also set up a regulatory sandbox to bring innovation-led growth.
Mr. Kasutani holds a Bachelor Degree from the University of Tokyo’s Faculty of Law and a Master’s Degree from the Harvard Business School.