Masanobu Katoh started his professional career at the legal department of Fujitsu Limited in 1977. In June 2002 he headed the company’s IP and Legal groups in Japan. Following several executive positions including Vice President and General Counsel, Mr. Katoh joined Intellectual Ventures in 2010. Mr. Katoh is actively involved in policy and regulatory discussions on Internet and technology issues. He served as chairman of the Internet Law & Policy Forum (ILPF), a board member of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), chairman of working group of Internet Governance at Global Information Infrastructure Commission (GIIC) and chairmen of two subcommittees at the Japan Business Federation (Nippon Keidanren). He serves as vice chair of IGF-Japan, the local IGF group launched in Japan.
He received law degrees from the University of Tokyo (LL.B.) and the University of Michigan (LL.M.), and is admitted to practice laws in Washington D.C. and New York.