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.