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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:




  • 6/27/2016, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly - Action on non-competes eyed before session’s end
    Partners Mike Gilleran and Stephen Chow were quoted in this article on non-competes by Kris Olson.
  • 1/28/2016, Bloomberg BNA - Senate Judiciary Committee OKs Federal Trade Secret Bill
    Partner Stephen Chow was quoted on trade secret laws.
  • 1/25/2016, Bloomberg BNA - Trade Secret Law Knocks Out Much of Oculus Rift Complaint
    Partner Stephen Chow was quoted about trade secret law.
  • 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.

Recent Articles and Publications:

A Spring Thaw in the Availability of Patents for Software Inventions?
Burns & Levinson Intellectual Property Update, May 2016

The Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016
Burns & Levinson Intellectual Property Update, April 2016

DTSA: A Federal Tort of Unfair Competition in Aerial Reconnaissance, Broken Deals, and Employment
Washington and Lee Law Review Online, January 7, 2016

Data Security and Privacy in Massachusetts
MCLE, Inc., November 20, 2015

Speaking Engagements:

Selling Goods into Foreign Markets, 10.6.2016
Location: New England Law - 154 Stuart Street, Boston, MA
Role: Speaker
Topic: Current Challenges with Payment Systems

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Marcum Cybersecurity and Fraud Forum, 10.5.2016
Location: Seaport Boston Hotel - 200 Seaport Boulevard, Boston, MA
Role: Speaker

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Law Firm Alliance: Intellectual Property Teleconference, 9.29.2016
Role: Presenter
Topic: Twenty Years from Clickwrap to Blockchain: Contracts in the Cloud

ENET Boston Entrepreneurs' Network, 9.20.2016
Location: Microsoft Technology Center - Cambridge, MA
Role: Speaker
Topic: Non-Dilutive Funding & Ways to Bootstrap Your Startup