Stephen Y. Chow is a partner of the Boston law firm, Burns & Levinson LLP, practicing in its business, business litigation and intellectual property departments. Mr. Chow graduated from Harvard University with an A.B. in Physics and Philosophy cum laude and an S.M. in Applied Physics and from Columbia University with a J.D. as a Stone Scholar. He is admitted to practice and practices in Massachusetts, New York and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
With a command of the full spectrum of proprietary, including privacy, rights in information and trade in contexts involving competition and entity governance law, for nearly forty years, Mr. Chow has counseled and litigated for technology enterprises from start-up to multi-national in expanding their businesses and resolving their disputes. He has developed wining technological, business and political solutions in situations ranging from the early international battles over cellular telephony to work-outs of stressed technology start-ups to the current administrative review of patents.
Mr. Chow served twenty years ago on the influential drafting committees of the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws on the proposed UCC Article 2B (Licenses) and the nearly universally adopted Uniform Electronic Transactions Act and remains active in developing legislation involving the convergence of commercial and intellectual property law. Among his recent projects are the Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets, the Uniform Employee and Student Online Protection Act, Civil Remedies for Unauthorized Disclosure of Intimate Images and Tort Law Related to Drones. He serves on the Conference’s Technology [Legislation Editorial] Committee, its current Study Committee on Identity Management in Electronic Commerce, as well as its Standby Committee on U.N. Convention on E-Commerce. He was a member of the U.S. delegation to the U.N. Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) Working Group VI (Secured Transactions – Intellectual Property Supplement), is currently a member of the American Bar Association’s Cybersecurity Task Force and co-chairs its Intellectual Property Law Section’s Committee on Trade Secrets.
Mr. Chow is an elected and active member of the American Law Institute, consulting on the “principles” projects on data privacy, international intellectual property law and software licensing and the “restatement” projects on conflict of laws, consumer contracts, copyright, employment, and international commercial arbitration law. He wrote the Matthew Bender/LexisNexis is legal treatise, E-Commerce and Communications and has revised and updated its treatises, International Computer Law and Law of the Internet. Mr. Chow taught from 1995-2013 the Suffolk Law School courses, “Litigating Technology Disputes” and “Counseling Technology-Leading Emerging Enterprises” and currently teaches the Boston University School of Law course, “Intellectual Property Rights and Commerce in the Global ‘Cloud’.”