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Stephen Y. Chow, Esq.

of counsel


Having served technology companies from start-up to Fortune 50 for more than 40 years, Steve provides critical tactical, strategic and negotiation advantages in complex matters with major counter-parties through his full-spectrum competence that provides asymmetrically favorable “burn rates.”

Steve practiced at Gaston Snow of Boston and Donovan Leisure Newton & Irvine ofNew York, then the second and seventh largest firms in the country, and was a partner for 30 years at Boston general practice firms Nutter, McClennen & Fish and Burns & Levinson, and boutique patent firm Cesari and McKenna.

Steve is a trouble-shooter for technology companies across financial, governance and intellectual property issues. Representative successes include:

  • Simultaneous defense in federal district court and the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) against cellular telephone patent infringement claims, including power amplifier design-around and patenting thereof.
  • Development and assertion of patent portfolio for surgical instruments.
  • Defense against and work-out of creditor claims and venture refinancing of distressed fabless semiconductor design company.
  • Inter partes review (IPR) of hemostasis assay patents.

Steve is a leader in the development of intellectual property, information privacy and electronic commerce law.


  • Columbia University School of Law, JD Stone Scholar 1979
  • Harvard Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, SM, Applied Physics, 1975
  • Harvard College, AB cum laude, Physics &Philosophy, 1974

Technical Expertise

  • Analog electronic circuitry
  • Biological materials and assays
  • Chemical processes
  • Computer and network architecture
  • Computer software
  • Medical devices
  • Process automation
  • Semiconductor fabrication
  • Sensor and servo systems
  • Wireless communication

Legal Experience

  • Business litigation (trials and appeals)
  • Administrative (USITC, U.S. Patent & Trademark OfficeIPRs)
  • Antitrust and unfair competition
  • Business acquisition and control
  • E-commerce (contracts, privacy, security)
  • International trade
  • Patents, copyrights, trademarks and trade secrets
  • Alternative resolution (arbitration, mediation)
  • Development of intellectual property assets and business processes
  • Patent preparation, prosecution and appeal
  • Portfolio strategy and licensing (including standards)
  • Freedom to operate and infringement investigations
  • Enterprise governance and employee relations
  • Contracts with investors, lenders, vendors and customers

Practice Admissions

  • Massachusetts (1983)
  • New York (1980)
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (Reg. No.31,338)
  • U.S. Courts of Appeal for First, Second and Federal Circuits
  • U.S. Supreme Court (1983)


  • Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US)
  • Massachusetts-appointed member of the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws since 1994
  • Elected member of the American Law Institute (1997)
  • Lecturer, Boston University School of Law
  • Adjunct professor, Suffolk University School of Law
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV-rated since 1994
  • Thompson-Reuters Super Lawyer 2004-06, 2013-present
  • America’s Best Lawyers, Patents, 2017-present

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