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 Stephen Y. Chow

Stephen Y. Chow


Office Phone: 617.345.3263
Location: Boston, MA
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Bar Admissions:

New York
U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals First, Second and Federal Circuits
U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts and S.D.N.Y.
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office


Prior to joining Burns & Levinson LLP in January 2006, Stephen Chow was a partner with the firm Perkins Smith & Cohen LLP. He started practice in New York at Donovan Leisure Newton & Irvine.

Over three decades of practice, Mr. Chow has developed numerous patent portfolios and strategies for chemical, electrical, information technology and life sciences enterprises, litigated patent, copyright, trademark, trade secret, antitrust, unfair competition, international trade, telecommunications and e-commerce cases before state and federal courts and agencies. Mr. Chow has coordinated or served as an expert in litigation before foreign tribunals. He has also advised manufacturers, telecommunications carriers, commercial exchanges and educational, financial and research institutions on commercial, legislative and regulatory matters, particularly in internal policies and development of new services and products, as well as in early-stage financing. Mr. Chow sees himself as a strategist and trouble-shooter for technology companies in financial, governance and intellectual property disputes and development. In particular, he offers integrated patent, technology and business prosecution, assessment and enforcement with the commensurate benefits.

Appointed by Governor Weld in 1995, and reappointed by subsequent administrations, as a Massachusetts Uniform Law Commissioner, Mr. Chow served on the National Conference's drafting committees on the Uniform Computer Information Transactions Act (formerly UCC 2B), the Uniform Electronic Transactions Act, the Uniform Electronic Legal Materials Act, the Uniform Prevention of and Remedies for Human Trafficking Act, and the Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act and its study committees on Internet taxation, protection of genetic information, discovery of electronic evidence, payment systems and social media privacy.

Reporting on electronic evidence issues, Mr. Chow has acted as a special master in cases before the Massachusetts Superior Court. In 2003, he was appointed by Governor Romney to the Massachusetts Judicial Nominating Commission, on which he served through 2005.

Since 1995, Mr. Chow has taught corporate, intellectual property and litigation practice at Suffolk University Law School, including the perennial “Counseling Technology-Leading Emerging Enterprises.” In 1997, he was elected to the American Law Institute, for which he has been active on consultative committees on contract, corporate, employment, intellectual property, international and privacy law.

Mr. Chow writes extensively on commercial and intellectual property law, including the treatises, E-Commerce and Communications, International Computer Law, and Law of the Internet published by Matthew Bender/LexisNexis.


Additional Information:




  • 7/24/2014, NECN - Market Basket: What’s It Worth?
    Stephen Chow was quoted in this article on a valuation of the Market Basket store chain by Peter Howe.
  • 8/14/2013, WSJ Live - When You Die, Does Your Facebook Go, Too?
    Stephen Chow appeared on WSJ Live in the segment, “When You Die, Does Your Facebook Go, Too?." Click here to watch the video clip.
  • 2/15/2013, Bloomberg BNA - States, Uniform Law Drafting Team Ponder Access Rules for Decedents' Digital Estates
    Stephen Chow was quoted in this article by Amy E. Bivins.
  • 10/17/2012, New England In-House - Jurors on federal patent case not the usual suspects
    Stephen Chow was quoted in this article by Eric T. Berkman.

Recent Articles and Publications:

Trade secrets law: ‘well-established’ in 1939 notions of ‘use’
Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, March 20, 2014

The Law of the Internet
Matthew Bender/Lexis-Nexis Publishing, 2009 - present
Updated annually

International Computer Law
Matthew Bender/Lexis-Nexis Publishing, 2008 - present
Updated semi-annually

E-Commerce and Communications
Matthew Bender/Lexis Nexis Publishing, 2002 - 2008
Updated semi-annually

Speaking Engagements:

MassBar Seminar with Real-time Webcast, 1.20.2015
Location: Massachusetts Bar Association, 20 West Street, Boston, MA
Role: Chair
Topic: Intellectual Property Basics for the Non-Specialist

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Boston Bar Association Seminar, 11.20.2014
Location: 16 Beacon Street, Boston, MA
Role: Speaker
Topic: Who Owns Your Online Personality? A Mash-up of Competing Rights on Social Media
After this seminar, attendees will know more about the laws governing the Right to Privacy and the Right of Publicity via social media and the statutes and case law, as well as two legal experts sharing their opinions on the future growth in this area of intellectual property and internet law.
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Boston KnowledgeNet, 10.23.2014
Location: Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP 111 Huntington Avenue, 20th Floor Boston, MA
Role: Speaker
Topic: Who Owns Your Online Personality? A Mash-up of Competing Rights on Social Media

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Licensing Executives Society Boston Chapter Meeting, 9.30.2014
Location: Lando & Anastasi, LLP One Main Street Cambridge, MA
Role: Co-Chair
Topic: Patentable Subject Matter: No Longer "Everything Under the Sun" - SCOTUS Words, PTO Actions

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