Member and Chief Privacy Officer
Sayoko’s practice focuses on intellectual property strategy and transactions and data privacy and security compliance. As Chief Privacy Officer, she is responsible for data protection policy and practices, focusing on privacy-related laws, rules and regulations. She has extensive expertise in due diligence in connection with technology M&A transactions. Sayoko is an Adjunct at Boston College Law School, where she is teaching a new Mobile App Development class in the Spring of 2017 and will be teaching Privacy Law in Fall of 2017, and a Lecturer in Law at the University of Hawai’i law school, where she has taught Internet Law & Policy, Intellectual Property, Contracts Drafting, High-Growth Entrepreneurship and Administrative Law, among other subjects. She is rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell. She serves as a Court Appointed Arbitrator for the Hawai’i State District Court – First Circuit. She previously served as general counsel of Tetris Online, Inc. and as Senior Manager of the Intellectual Property Group at Nintendo of America Inc. in Redmond, Washington. At Nintendo, Sayoko was responsible for domestic and international intellectual property clearance, defense, registration and enforcement. Her particular areas of focus included patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret and advertising, as well as privacy law compliance and video game ratings compliance. Sayoko has also taught advertising law in the University of Washington IP LLM program. Prior to Nintendo, Sayoko practiced at Foley Hoag LLP and was a law clerk for Judge Douglas P. Woodlock, U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts. Sayoko holds a B.S. in Physics from the College of William and Mary, an M.S. in Physics from the University of Maryland, and a J.D. from Yale Law School.