Takuya Izumi is responsible for research on R&D and intellectual property in the region that NEDO Silicon Valley Office covers, in particular, in Silicon Valley and the West Coast. He had worked for the Japan Patent Office for 12 years before joining in NEDO as Representative. He has examined more than 1000 applications as a patent examiner and adjudicated more than 30 appeal cases as an administrative judge. He also worked on policy planning for Department of Trial and Appeal of the Japan Patent Office. In addition, he has worked on trade negotiations in intellectual property and technical standard areas, in particular, WTO-TRIPS, WTO-TBT, and FTAs, for the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry. He earned LL.M. from the George Washington University Law School. He also got Master of Science from Tokyo University. He wrote some articles about intellectual property (e.g. article about the Nautilus case) and technical standard (“Multilateral Review on Trade Concerns,” cited in “Report on Compliance by Major Trading Partners with Trade Agreements”, annually published by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry from 2013 to 2016) (only in Japanese).