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Steve Charkoudian is a partner and chair of Goodwin Procter’s Technology Transactions Practice and a member of the firm’s Technology Companies Group. Mr. Charkoudian concentrates on technology and intellectual property transactions, including technology transfers and licensing; collaboration, strategic alliance and joint development agreements; open source issues; and due diligence and other intellectual property issues in mergers, acquisitions and venture capital and private equity transactions. He is a regular contributor to Founder's Workbench and frequently speaks to start-ups and early-stage companies about IP issues.

WORK FOR CLIENTS

Mr. Charkoudian’s representative transactions include:

  • WiTricity, Inc., a pioneer in wireless power transfer, in its intellectual property license agreement with the Toyota Motor Corporation. Toyota will use the technology to incorporate wireless charging capabilities into its rechargeable hybrid electric and battery operated vehicles.
  • Hasbro, Inc., a global branded play company and owner of some of the world’s most popular brands, in its acquisition of a 70% interest in Backflip Studios. Hasbro paid $112 million in the all-cash transaction.
  • Goldman Sachs in its $100 million growth equity investment in Applied Predictive Technologies (APT), a cloud-based predictive analytics software company.
  • Citrix Systems, Inc., with respect to a collaboration agreement with Microsoft to support the Microsoft RemoteFX technology platform.
  • iRobot Corporation (Nasdaq: IRBT) in its $74 million acquisition of Evolution Robotics, Inc.
  • WiTricity, Inc. in an agreement with Delphi Automotive to develop automatic wireless charging products for hybrid and electric vehicles. The collaboration between the two companies will help establish a global infrastructure of safe and convenient charging options for consumer and commercial electric vehicles.
  • Haemonetics Corporation, in connection with a significant evaluation, supply and license agreement with Quotient Biodiagnostics Group and its wholly owned subsidiary Alba Bioscience Limited. The agreement provides Haemonetics with exclusive access to Alba's comprehensive catalogue of approved reagents for use in the Arryx laser-based blood typing platform.
  • MTV Networks, a division of Viacom, with respect to intellectual property and technology matters in its acquisition of Harmonix Music Systems, developer of the hits Guitar Hero, Rock Band and other music gaming titles.
  • Inverness Medical Innovations Inc., with respect to intellectual property and technology matters in connection with a 50/50 joint venture with The Procter & Gamble Company for existing and to-be-developed consumer diagnostic products.
  • Haemonetics Corporation, in connection with a collaboration and license agreement with Arryx, Inc. under which Haemonetics was licensed to use Arryx’s optical trapping technology to develop applications for human healthcare applications. Represented Haemonetics in its later acquisition of Arryx.
  • Bessemer Venture Partners, in connection with its investment in OMGPOP, the online place where people meet each other to play games.
  • Turbine, Inc., with respect to its distribution and localization agreement with CDC Games, a wholly owned subsidiary of China.com Inc., a business unit of CDC Corporation, for The Lord of the Rings Online™: Shadows of Angmar™.
  • CCP Games (maker of the MMOG EVE Online) in intellectual property and technology matters, in connection with its merger with White Wolf Publishing, the world’s second-largest developer of offline role-playing, strategy and collectable card games.
  • TA Associates, regarding intellectual property and technology matters in its investment in Mythic Entertainment, the developer of MMORPG Dark Age of Camelot.

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

Mr. Charkoudian is a member of the Boston and Massachusetts Bar Associations and the International Technology Law Association. He has been selected for inclusion in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business and has been recognized as a “Leading Licensing and Technology Transactions Lawyer” by Intellectual Asset Management magazine as part of its IAM Strategy 300 survey.

BAR AND COURT ADMISSIONS

Mr. Charkoudian is admitted to practice in Massachusetts.

RECOGNITION

Mr. Charkoudian has been recognized by The Legal 500 U.S. for his work on technology transactions.