Mark Radcliffe Appointed U.S. Private Sector Co-Chair of the U.S-Japan Innovation and Entrepreneurship Council

January 25, 2013

Mark Radcliffe, a partner in the Silicon Valley office of the global law firm DLA Piper and a member of its Intellectual Property and Technology practice, has been appointed as the U.S. private sector co-chair of the U.S.-Japan Innovation and Entrepreneurship Council. He replaces the retired Dr. William Miller of Stanford University.

Mr. Radcliffe joins government co-chairs Lorraine Hariton, Special Representative for Commercial and Business Affairs at the U.S. Department of State, and Naoko Munakata, Director-General, Multilateral Trade System Department at Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI). The Japanese private sector co-chair is Kakutaro Kitashiro, Senior Advisor for IBM Japan, Ltd.

Mr. Radcliffe has represented many prominent Silicon Valley and global technology companies over the course of his career, specializing in innovation management, strategic intellectual property advice, corporate partnering, venture capital financing, open source software and cloud computing, among other fields. As such, he brings a wealth of experience in business and entrepreneurship to the Council.

The U.S.-Japan Innovation and Entrepreneurship Council was launched by the governments of the United States and Japan in January 2012, recognizing the importance of innovation and entrepreneurship to the economies of both countries. By drawing upon the advice of leaders in the business and academic communities as well as government officials, the Council aims to focus senior-level expert input into policy discussions of how the U.S. and Japan may cooperate more closely to promote economic innovation and growth.