Merchant & Gould’s Patent Agent Elected as  President of Japan America Society of Colorado

Helping expand business, educational and cultural relationships between Colorado and Japan
Monday, January 7, 2018

Merchant & Gould P.C., a national intellectual property (IP) law firm with clients in the Rocky Mountain Region, congratulates patent agent Nobu Yoda for his elected role as president of the Japan America Society of Colorado (JASC), a nonprofit organization that helps expand people-to-people relationships between Colorado and Japan through business, education and cultural opportunities. 

Yoda was elected to a two-year term, which will begin on Jan. 1, 2019.  As president, he will be the primary liaison between the board and the organization’s staff members, guiding its mission to serve as the premier resource for companies and individuals in Colorado, that are working with or that have connections to Japan. 

With nearly 400 members representing business, civic and individual interests, JASC creates programs and opportunities for the community.  The organization is dedicated to positive U.S.-Colorado-Japan relations by discussing important issues and interests common to Japan and America; promoting better understanding of the arts, literature, cultural ideals and aspirations of the Japanese and American people; educating the next generation; and supporting this bilateral relationship.

“We are excited for Nobu and proud of his new leadership role with the Japan America Society of Colorado.  Huge congratulations to him,” exclaimed Timothy B. Scull, managing partner of Merchant & Gould’s Denver office.  “Merchant & Gould is not only dedicated to promoting diversity and international relationships within our firm – but we are dedicated to living it and to spreading it.  As president of JASC, Nobu’s perspective will contribute to our core values as a firm, as well as JASC’s success as an organization with a focus on important relationships.” 

Originally from Japan, Yoda is fluent in Japanese at a native level.  He is a patent agent at Merchant & Gould’s Denver office, using his combined technical and international experience in the computer systems, telecommunications and software fields, while drafting patent applications for operating systems, software middleware and applications, Voice-over-IP (VOIP), network security and management, web services, mobile wireless communications and image processing.  In fact, Yoda is listed as an inventor on over 40 patents globally.

Yoda has been actively participating in community volunteer services to help nurture U.S.-Japan friendship and relations. Prior to his recent election as president, he served as a board member of the Japan America Society of Colorado.  In addition, he volunteers with the Japanese Business Association of the Rockies and the Colorado Japanese School. Yoda is enrolled as a law student in a part-time J.D. program at the Sturm College of Law at University of Denver with the aspiration of becoming a patent attorney.

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