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Adam Langley・ Resident Attorney


Protecting a competitive edge carved out through technological advancement requires counsel grounded in the legal framework of the patent system yet swiftly keeping pace with the constant advancement of cutting edge technology.

Adam Langley is the Resident US Attorney in the Tokyo office at Hauptman Ham, LLP. Mr. Langley has been working in Japan since 2012, and joined Hauptman Ham at the beginning of 2021. Since joining Hauptman Ham, Mr. Langley has provided an interface for clients in Japan who desire real-time discussion and non-electronic disclosures.

Mr. Langley received a Juris Doctor from George Mason University School of Law with a certificate of completion of the Intellectual Property Track in 2007, and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Missouri in 2003. Mr. Langley is admitted to practice law in the Commonwealth of Virginia, and is a registered patent attorney of the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Mr. Langley is also a registered Gaikokuho-Jimu-Bengoshi with the Tokyo Bar Association.

Practice Highlights & Technologies

Mr. Langley has practiced for more than 15 years handling all aspects of patent prosecution from inception to grant. Mr. Langley works with scientists, engineers, medical doctors, professors, and other prominent inventors along with small businesses and large corporations in many different technologies including semiconductors and manufacturing equipment, optics, machine learning and artificial intelligence, telecommunications, fiber optics, medical devices, etc. Mr. Langley also works with companies on product clearance, counsels on design-around possibilities, and provides legal opinions of non-infringement and invalidity.

Previously, Mr. Langley managed the foreign filing division of a Japan-based international patent firm responsible for assessing rejections, providing strategic options, preparing responses, and coordinating instructions between local applicants and foreign counsel. This experience has given Mr. Langley a solid understanding of how actions regarding the priority application affect prosecution in other countries. Mr. Langley would also draft new applications for English-speaking inventors working in Japan.