On behalf of Morgan Lewis-TMI, thank you for your interest in our Mobile Industry Panel, held 30 January 2006 at the offices of TMI Associates. This invitation-only event featured a sneak preview of a new mobile product designed specifically for the Japanese market by Microvision, Inc., a leading display technology company, recently nominated by Red Herring as one of the Nine Mobile TV Firms to Watch.
The evening also included a panel discussion covering key trends and issues for 2006 in Japan’s mobile industry. The panel had representatives of Walt Disney Internet Group, Nikko antfactory, CSK Venture Capital and Picsel Technologies and was moderated by one of the leading media and telecomm lawyers in Japan.
John Y. Sasaki and Tatsuhiro Takahara – Partners – Morgan Lewis-TMI
Morgan Lewis-TMI is a joint venture between Morgan Lewis and TMI Associates. Morgan Lewis is one of the largest law firms in the world, with more than 1,200 lawyers in 19 offices worldwide. TMI Associates is one of the largest law firms in Tokyo, with over 100 Japanese lawyers and an additional 30 Japanese patent lawyers. Through the combined power of the two firms, Morgan Lewis-TMI offers a full spectrum of fully-integrated, cross-border legal services.
John Sasaki and Tatsuhiro Takahara practice in the areas of corporate and securities law, with experience in venture capital finance, public offerings, M&A and technology transactions. Their practices also include the representation of technology start-up companies.
Steve Willey – President of Consumer Solutions – Microvision, Inc.
“The Freedom of Virtual Displays”
One of the limitations on interactive mobile phone applications is the size of the screen. With Microvision’s virtual display technology, images transmitted across mobile networks can be displayed in space, unlimited by the size of a phone screen. Imagine being able to see a spreadsheet transmitted via phone, or being able to play a video game on your mobile — in the air in front of your eyes. Steve Willey will provide a sneak preview of a new product developed specifically for the Japanese market.
Microvision Inc. is the world leader in the development of high-resolution displays and imaging systems based on the company’s proprietary silicon micro-mirror technology. The company’s technology has applications in a broad range of military, medical, industrial, professional and consumer products.
Tomohiro Tohyama – Partner – TMI Associates
With over 100 Japanese lawyers and an additional 30 Japanese patent lawyers, TMI Associates’ combination of strengths in corporate transactions and intellectual property matters makes it unique among law firms in Japan. Tomohiro Tohyama is a founding partner of TMI and one of the most prominent telecommunications and media lawyers in Japan.
Featured Panelists include:
David Milstein – VP of Strategy and Business Development – Walt Disney Internet Group (Asia-Pacific)
Walt Disney Internet Group (Asia Pacific) (“WDIG AP”) launched its “Disney-i” mobile Internet business in August 2000, and now boasts more than 3 million subscribers. David Milstein is responsible for WDIG AP’s strategy and business development in Japan and APAC (outside China).
Naoki “Nick” Kondo – Professional Partner – Nikko antfactory K.K.
Nikko antfactory is one of the leading financial services providers in Japan focusing on private enterprises. The firm’s services range from venture capital and private equity financing to restructuring and M&A consulting. During his time at Nikko antfactory, Nick Kondo has led investments and management of Virgin Cinemas Japan, Artist House, Hyperfitness, Senior Communication, eBook Initiative Japan, Triwall, Recruit, and Aunt Stella’s. He currently serves as President and CEO of Aunt Stella’s.
Makoto Kaneshiro – Managing Director – CSK Venture Capital Co., Ltd.
CSK Venture Capital is one of Japan’s leading venture capital firms. CSK’s recent investments in the area of mobile technologies and services include Peregrine Semiconductors of the U.S., Picsel Technologies of the U.K., DxO of France, Horizon Semiconductors of Israel, GameTrust of the U.S., and IP Mobile of Japan. Makoto Kaneshiro is the Managing Director in charge of CSK’s overseas investments.
Ali Adnan – Chief Operating Officer (Japan) – Picsel Technologies Ltd.
Picsel brings mobile content to life through a unique suite of patented User Interface functions, which delivers a superbly rich and intuitive user experience on small screen devices. Picsel’s success is built around its groundbreaking ePAGE technology, a multimedia content engine, that enables mobile users to interact with every type of content, in all its original richness, on any kind of device. Ali Adnan plays a key role in developing Picsel’s Japanese market and has been instrumental in providing technology to enable the delivery of rich content on mobile devices.
Mobile Industry Panel
Date: Monday, 30 January 2006 || 19:00 – 21:00
Venue: TMI Associates, 23F, Roppongi Hills Mori Tower (Map)
Admission: Confirmed invitees only || Please, no walk-ins
18:30 – Doors Open
19:00 – Welcome/introduction
19:15 – First presentation
19:45 – Break
19:50 – Panel introduction
20:00 – Panel discussion
20:30 – Q&A
20:45 – Brief networking
21:00 – Closing
After this event, you are welcome to join the Mobile Monday Tokyo Shinnenkai