Ms. Shibata has experience in patent prosecution, patent litigation, and representing clients in adversary proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. Before joining TLO, Ms. Shibata had extensive experience in complex litigation-related discovery for large Japanese companies such as Toyota Motor Corporation. Prior to the practice of law, Ms. Shibata worked as a manufacturing interpreter/translator for many of Honda Motor Co., Ltd.’s American subsidiaries, and as a technical interpreter at Kaizen conferences and on-site workshops teaching the Toyota Production System (TPS), whose representative clients included Lockheed Martin Corporation, Snap-on Tools, Kodak Industrie (France), and Hitachi Corporation. Much of Ms. Shibata’s work before and after law school has involved the review of highly technical Japanese documents.


English (native), Japanese (fluent), Spanish (conversational), French (conversational)