Yukiko Sato

Japanese Business Consultant for Dickinson Wright PLLC

Education & Credentials


Tsurumi Women's Junior College

A.A., Minor in Education
  • Teacher's License, Japan
  • Public School Librarian's License, Japan

Western Michigan University

  • Specialized in organizational, intercultural and interpersonal, and business speech communications



Consulting Services Provided to Dickinson Wright

  • Development of new Japanese-related clients
  • Strengthen relationships with existing clients
  • Legal project support
  • Translation
  • Facilitates communications with clients

Professional Background

Dickinson Wright PLLC (1990-2014)
Director, Japanese Business/Legal Assistant

  • Coordinate and support Dickinson Wright representation of Japanese clients in all practice areas:
    • Confer with clients and prospective clients to assist with the analysis of legal issues and need for representation
    • Introduce client representatives to appropriate Dickinson Wright attorneys
  • Plan and develop promotional and educational activities for Japanese clients, including seminar presentations, speaking engagements, written publications, and media relations
  • Oversee and implement new Japanese business development activities
  • Liaison between Consulate of Japan in Detroit and U.S. Consular offices in Tokyo and Osaka on behalf of clients and employees of Dickinson Wright

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. - Tokyo, Japan
Group Assistant, Intellectual Property and Licensing Department

  • Assisted with patent research and management of trademark and design registrations
  • Monitored patent information worldwide using statistical methods to analyze terms and conditions of domestic and foreign patent applications
  • Instrumental in acquiring worldwide trademark and patent protections for company
  • Assisted corporate engineers and designers in preparing trademark and design applications to meet requirements necessary for protection under intellectual property laws in foreign markets
  • Actively involved in decision-making process to accept or reject inventions and new automotive designs submitted by non-employee domestic and overseas inventors and designers
  • Handled public relations responsibilities in the department 
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