TMI Associates was established in 1990 with the specific aim to provide professional legal services meeting the increasingly complex and international demands of the legal marketplace. Since the firm's establishment, TMI Associates has continued to pursue its founding philosophy based on the following principles: providing services embracing the new age of furthering globalization and a borderless society; encouraging its lawyers' development to provide cutting-edge expertise in specialized areas of law; and increasing its capabilities to better serve clients' needs across all legal fields. TMI Associates has built its practice around a team of lawyers, patent attorneys, and support staff with extensive experience in both domestic and international areas. Currently, approximately 390 Japanese qualified lawyers and around 80 patent attorneys are with TMI Associates, and together with foreign attorneys, paralegals, secretaries, management and other staff, the firm has more than 850 members. The firm collaborates with other specialized entities to meet our clients' varied needs. TMI Associates has domestic offices in Tokyo, Nagoya, Kobe and Osaka, and overseas offices in Shanghai and Beijing, Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh, Yangon, Singapore and Phnom Penh, and Silicon Valley, and the firm established qualified joint ventures with Simmons & Simmons (UK) in 2001, Morgan-Lewis & Bockius (US) in 2005, Wakely (Canada) in 2006 and ARQIS (Germany) in 2009. Through these domestic, overseas offices and joint ventures and equal partnerships with other leading foreign law firms, TMI Associates has succeeded in developing a global network that responds to the international needs of our clients.