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Corporate History

NGB was founded as Nippon Gijutsu Boeki Co., Ltd. in Tokyo, Japan in November 1959 by Mr. Isamu Nishino. Prior to starting NGB, Mr. Nishino ran an import/export business that placed him at the forefront of trade with the U.S. and the world's other major markets as the Japanese economy was emerging. Because of his international business background, Mr. Nishino recognized the potential importance of protecting Intellectual Property (IP) throughout the world and started Nippon Gijutsu Boeki Co., Ltd. to support Japanese companies in their understanding and protection of IP. At the time, Japanese manufacturing companies had not placed a high priority or focus on protecting their Intellectual Property.

Since those early days, NGB continues to provide IP services to the world's most influential companies. Companies on the frontier of research and development in fields as diverse as electronics, semiconductors, automotive technologies and pharmaceuticals. We are proud that most of the major Japanese companies choose to partner with NGB for IP services. Below is a summary of our history indicating our long commitment to providing the best IP services to our clients.

Nov. 1959 Company incorporated as Nippon Gijutsu Boeki Co., Ltd. in Tokyo, Japan. Original business pertained to providing foreign patents, and legal periodicals and books.
Aug. 1960 Commenced Search Services.
May 1961 Contracted with Derwent Publication Ltd. In U.K. to be supplier of IP Research resources in Japan.
Jan. 1963 Commenced providing translation services.
April 1965 Began providing Patent, Design, and Trademark prosecution services.
July 1967 Opened liaison office in Osaka, Japan.
Dec. 1974 Contracted with Computer Patent Annuities, Jersey Channel Islands to provide annuity services.
Feb. 1976 Began publishing the Kokai Journal, providing Abstracts of Japanese patents.
Oct. 1981 NGB Translation Service started.
Jan. 1983 Began Publishing Litigation Quick, a weekly IP magazine providing litigation news and information.
April 1987 Launched a Monthly News Report "I.P.R."
April 1988 Started providing services related to New Chemical Notification.
April 1989 Changed Corporate Name from Nippon Gijutsu Boueki Co., Ltd. to NGB Corporation.
Mar. 1991 One of the first Japanese companies to host a U.S. Patent Mock Trial"; also contracted with the European Patent Office as a distributor and for sales representation.
Nov. 1993 Moved Head Office to Ark Mori Bldg., Minato-ku, Tokyo.
Nov. 1994 Established NBT Corporation - a spin-off of NGB's translation division.
Apr. 2001 Established IP Research Institute.
April 2002 Established Beijing Representative Office in Beijing, China.
Nov. 2002 Established Counterfeit Investigation Office.