History



S.Soga & Co. was founded in 1914 by  SUGAO SOGA, a mechanical engineer who graduated from Tokyo  Imperial University (now University of Tokyo) and then worked in the international patent firm of Walter de Havilland,a law  professor at Waseda University (and the father of the movie stars Olivia de Havilland and Joan  Fontaine).Our tradition of representing major foreign clients began  with our initial work for Westinghouse Electric  Corporation in that same year. In 1923 we moved to  the newly opened Marunouchi Building in the center of Tokyoand stayed there for the next 67 years





MICHITERU SOGA, passed away in May 2007 after over 40 years of leading the firm. He graduated  with a  degree in Mechanical Engineering from Keio University in 1945 and succeeded to the  presidency in 1960. He  worked continuously to foster our relationships with firms and companies  around the world, while gradually  turning over day to day operation of the firm to his two sons.






MICHIHARU SOGA,  is the second son of our former president. Now the President of the firm, "Hal"  became a  patent attorney in 1993 before joining us in March of 1994. Graduating in 1987 in  mechanical engineering, with  an emphasis on hydrodynamics during graduate studies at Keio University, he worked at another patent firm  while studying for the bar. Hal is a member of both  AIPPI and APAA, and he spent a two year period studying U.S.practice at the U.S. Patent  Academy and various U.S. patent firms. After several years of hands on training  running  the firm on  behalf of his father, Hal has been leading us in this new era of a quickly developing IP world.  A  proficient skier, he spends a lot of his precious free time skiing with his young family in the winter and  traveling  during the rest of the year.