Sayoko Blodgett-Ford

  • Lecturer in Law


  • BS College of William and Mary
  • MS University of Maryland
  • JD Yale Law School


Sayoko focuses on intellectual property strategy and transactions. She is a Partner at the intellectual property boutique GTC Law Group of Boston and California. She was formerly acting General Counsel at Tetris Online, Inc. in Honolulu, Hawaii. Prior to coming to Hawai‘i, she served as the Senior Manager of the Intellectual Property Group at Nintendo of America Inc. in Redmond, Washington. At Nintendo, Sayoko had responsibility 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 also taught advertising law in a tutorial 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.


  • Parity in Parody (in progress)
  • The Changing Meaning of the Right to Bear Arms, 6 SETON HALL CONST. LAW JOURNAL 101 (1995)
  • Do Battered Women Have a Right to Bear Arms? 11 YALE L. & POL'Y REV. 509 (1993)
  • Gun Controls and the Connecticut Constitution, 66 CONN. BAR J. 425 (1992) (with J. Drake Turrentine)