Hiroyuki Koyano is a corporate affiliate visiting fellow at Shorenstein APARC for 2008-09. He joined the Japan Patent Office (JPO), government of Japan in 1994 and has worked for JPO as a patent examiner, handling patent applications mainly in the field of construction and housing equipments. In 2003, he was in charge of researching trends on patent applications in the fields of physics, optics and construction. In 2006, he was also assigned to a position where he managed the outsourcing of prior art searches for expediting the examination process. He received his BS in agriculture from the University of Tokyo.