Japan’s NGB Corporation and CPA Global Reaffirm Long-Standing IP Services Partnership

HONG KONG, December 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ —

Mark 40th anniversary of strategic alliance with pledge to continue successful collaboration

NGB Corporation, Japan’s leading full-service intellectual property (IP) company, and international IP management specialist CPA Global have reaffirmed their long-standing IP services partnership.

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Marking the 40th anniversary of their successful collaboration, the two companies pledged their ongoing commitment to working together to serve Japanese clients seeking IP support in international markets and overseas companies requiring IP services in Japan.

Representing many of Japan’s and the world’s most influential companies, NGB Corporation (NGB) provides a full range of support services across the IP lifecycle, including prosecution, litigation, renewals, and the sale or licensing of IP assets. Founded in Tokyo in November 1959, NGB signed an agreement with CPA Global in December 1974 for the Jersey-based company to provide annuity services (initially patent renewals, extending later to include trademark renewals too) for NGB’s Japanese clients in international markets. Over the years, the strategic partnership has expanded to cover a broader range of outbound and inbound IP services.

Kiyoshi Miyazaki, President of NGB Corporation, said: "We are delighted to celebrate the 40th anniversary of our successful partnership with CPA Global and look forward to continuing to work together to meet the increasing demand for IP services from our clients around the world. In today’s fast-paced, global business environment, IP is recognised as a valuable asset; however, protecting, managing and maximising the value of IP is becoming more and more complex. This presents further opportunities for IP specialists like NGB Corporation and CPA Global to collaborate in providing critical IP management support for our clients."

Tim Griffiths, CPA Global’s Chief Executive Officer, added: "We are very proud to have established such a strong partnership with NGB, now spanning four decades, and we aim to continue to build on that relationship for many years to come. We are committed to working with NGB to ensure that clients are provided with the highest quality IP services support and to invest with NGB in delivering market-leading solutions to assist Japanese and international companies in addressing their rapidly evolving IP management needs."

About NGB Corporation (NGB)

NGB is Japan’s leading full-service intellectual property company, providing IP prosecution, litigation, renewals and other support services to many of Japan’s and the world’s most influential companies. The company engages in a range of activities, including filing and procurement of IP applications; procuring and managing IP validity and infringement opinions; negotiating IP licences; supporting litigation matters; managing IP portfolios; providing technical and legal searches; assisting with technical and legal analysis of IP rights; maintaining IP databases; and providing IP renewal services.

NGB was founded as Nippon Gijutsu Boeki Co., Ltd in Tokyo in November 1959 by Isamu Nishino, an international businessman who recognised the importance for Japanese companies in protecting their IP globally. Today, NGB works with companies from around the world who are at the frontier of research and development in fields as diverse as electronics, semiconductors, automotive technologies and pharmaceuticals. The company is based in Tokyo, Japan with an additional office in Osaka. For further information, please visit: http://www.ngb.co.jp/en/

About CPA Global

CPA Global is the world’s leading intellectual property (IP) management software and services specialist, and an international provider of outsourced legal services. With offices across Europe, the United States and Asia Pacific, CPA Global supports many of the world’s best known corporations and law firms with a range of IP and broader legal services, helping them to manage risk, cost and capacity, and realise greater value for their businesses and IP assets.

CPA Global helps corporates and law firms in managing valuable IP Rights, such as patents, designs and trademarks, ensuring that IP portfolios are protected, maintained and regularly reviewed in order to maximise value. Working closely with its clients, CPA Global ensures they have the best information on which to base IP decisions, and the best support in terms of helping implement those decisions.

Founded in Jersey, Channel Islands in 1969, CPA Global today employs some 2,000 people, serving clients’ needs in 200 jurisdictions through its own offices and an extensive agent network. For further information, please visit: http://www.cpaglobal.com.

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