An AV Preeminent rated attorney with more than 30 years’ experience in intellectual property, technology, and business law, Howard focuses his practice on representing providers and users of information, content and technology, including software companies, internet and e-commerce businesses, life sciences ventures, publishers, and authors.
Howard has substantial experience in domestic and international technology development, distribution and licensing, joint ventures and strategic alliances, internet contracts including SaaS, SLA, affiliation and co-branding agreements, and privacy policies. His practice also focuses on nondisclosure, noncompetition, and proprietary rights agreements, the protection and registration of copyrights, trademarks and domain names, and print and electronic publishing agreements.
- Arts and Entertainment Law Committee, past Co-Chair
- Computer and Internet Law Committee, past Co-Chair
- Intellectual Property Section, past Co-Chair
Board of Directors/Secretary of Harvard Alumni Entrepreneurs, Inc.
Board of Advisors of the Wildflower Camp Foundation
Copyright Society of the U.S.A., New England Chapter
Judge, Boston University New Venture Competition
Judge, Annual Pitch Fest, TechSandBox
Co-Chair, MCLE 19th Annual Intellectual Property Law Conference 2016
Chair and Panelist, Head Into the Clouds: What Every Lawyer Needs to Know, New England Corporate Counsel Association
Moderator, Get Your Head in the Cloud, Women’s Bar Association
Panelist, IP Deep Dive: Overview of Intellectual Property & Copyright, TechSandBox
Moderator, Effective Partnerships & Conflict Avoidance in Life Sciences, TechSandBox
Co-presenter, Life in the Cloud: Legal Risks & Silver Linings, Morse Seminar
Co-chair/Faculty, MCLE Annual New England Intellectual Property Law Conference
Co-chair: 2004, 2005, 2011, 2012, 2013
Faculty: 2009, 2010
Presenter, Negotiating and Renegotiating Contracts, MCLE
Presenter, TWO LAWYERS WALK INTO A BAR…Protecting Jokes Through Copyright and Trademark Law, Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts
Howard has taught copryright law at Suffolk Law School. He has also lectured on technology and intellectual property topics for the Massachusetts Tech Leadership Council, the Technology Transfer Society, the Copyright Society, the National Writers Union and the Society of Children’s Book writers and Illustrators.
Howard’s articles have appeared in The Computer Lawyer, Computerworld, The Boston Globe, Mass High Tech, Publisher’s Weekly, Folio, The Writer, Writer's Digest, and Writer’s Guide.
Leaving Your Mark (Trademark Tips for Writers)
Outside the office
Howard is an avid traveler, a smooth jazz listener, and a published author and humorist (Stump Your Lawyer: A Quiz to Challenge the Legal Mind, Chronicle Books 2007).
He is also active in Project Bread's annual Walk for Hunger.
News & Events
- COVID-19 Resource Collection
June 11, 2021
- IP News
New York Extends Its Right of Publicity and Penalizes Sexually Explicit Deepfakes
January 6, 2021
- Client Alert
IoT Baby-Steps: The Feds Enact Cybersecurity Improvement Act
December 15, 2020
- Reviewing Software License Agreements
A Licensee's Checklist
September 15, 2020
- Book Publishing Contracts
Checklist of Deal Terms
July 28, 2020
- Harvard Law School, J.D., magna cum laude
- Johns Hopkins University, M.A., Ph.D. in philosophy
- Lafayette College, B.A., magna cum laude
- Massachusetts Bar
- Intellectual Property
- Licensing & Strategic Alliances
- Privacy & Data Security
- Educational Institutions & Hospitals
- Games & Interactive Entertainment
- Life Sciences
- Manufacturing & Construction
- Non Profits & Tax-Exempt Organizations
- Publishing & Media
- Retail & Professional Services
- Software, Hardware & the Internet