Nobuchika Sugimura

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Nobuchika "Shinkin" Sugimura (杉村信近, Nobuchika Sugimura) was a Japanese inventor and patent attorney. He was the first chairman of the Japan Patent Attorneys Association.[1]


After graduated from the University of Tokyo, Nobuchika joined Shibaura Seisakusho as a mechanical engineer. During his career there, he created 12 patented inventions[2] including a US patent.[3]

In 1920, he was qualified as a patent attorney and transferred to work in Shibaura's patent division.[4] He was the first in-house patent attorney in Japan. In 1923, he left Shibaura and founded Sugimura International Patent and Trademark Attorneys. In 1925, he assisted Hidetsugu Yagi in securing a patent for the Yagi-Uda antenna. Yagi is listed among the Ten Japanese Great Inventors by the Japan Patent Office for this very invention.

In 1961, he was awarded by the Government of Japan with the Medal of Honor with Blue Ribbon (藍綬褒章) for all his contributions as a patent attorney.[1][5]

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  1. ^ a b SUGIMURA International Patent and Trademark Attorneys. "History". 
  2. ^ Shigehiro Nishimura. Introduction of technology from abroad and a roll of a corporate patent division (外国技術の導入と特許部門の役割) (pdf). Kokumin Keizai Zasshi (国民経済雑誌). 186. Kobe University. p. 7. 
  3. ^ US 1394951 
  4. ^ Pierre-Yves Donzé、Shigehiro Nishimura (2013). Organizing Global Technology Flows: Institutions, Actors, and Processes. Routledge. 
  5. ^ Global Good Publishers. "SUGIMURA defends intellectual property in Japan and Silicon Valley". Retrieved 2013-12-27. 
  6. ^ Nobuchika Sugimura (1918). "水力電気鉄筋混凝土管: 設計及工作法".