Steve S. Ford


It is with great sadness that Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt announces the sudden passing of our dear friend and colleague, Steve Ford. Those of us at Schwabe will remember Steve’s creative approach to work, dry wit, and love of the outdoors. Steve was happiest in the water, from sailing on his boat The Blue Martini to scuba diving with friends and family.

Steve knew intellectual property inside and out. He harnessed his technical experience as a design engineer at Texas Instruments to provide the most value for his clients. Prior to joining Schwabe, Steve was a founding partner with Stolowitz Ford Cowger LLP (StoFoCo), the boutique intellectual property firm that merged with Schwabe in 2015. Schwabe CEO Graciela Gomez Cowger worked with Steve for many years and “most appreciated Steve’s deep sense of family. He treated me like a sister, even though he had several sisters already as part of a large eight-sibling Catholic family from Walla Walla, WA.”

After graduating from Washington State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering, Steve went on to earn his Master’s of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington and his Juris Doctor degree from Willamette University. Steve was consistently honored by Best Lawyers in America for patent law. His exceptional contributions extend beyond the legal field to his former service on the Youth Progress Association Board of Trustees and his work with Big Brothers Big Sisters Columbia Northwest.

We are truly honored to have known, worked with, and learned from Steve. Our hearts go out to his family and friends in this difficult time.



  • Manage IP portfolios for high-tech companies in the areas of wireless ‎communications, cloud computing, integrated circuit processing, computer ‎architectures.
  • Social media analytics and web applications for e-commerce companies.
  • Cloud computing for customer relationship management.
  • Nuclear waste remediation.
  • Internet and telecommunications hardware and software.
  • Telematics and autonomous precision vehicle guidance.
  • Trademark, copyright, and design patent protection.

Memberships & Awards


  • Best Lawyers in America Award, Patent Law (2016-2020)

Resources & Ideas

Community Activities

Community Activities

  • Youth Progress Association, Board of Directors



Oregon State Courts 

Washington State Courts 

Federal Court of Appeals 

Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals 

United States Patent and Trademark Office

Outside The Office