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Karin K. RivardKarin K. Rivard

(617) 574-4035
Fax: (617) 574-7527

400 Atlantic Avenue
Boston MA
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Inventors, high-tech and life science companies, and non-profit research organizations, including universities, foundations and academic medical centers call upon Karin Rivard's more than 20 years of experience to help them develop ideas into products and to optimize product sales and distribution. Karin works with clients to provide products and services through a variety of channels, including e-commerce, retail, and B2B. She negotiates for clients and implements a strategic approach to closing deals, using skills and experience gained through her 10 years as Counsel and Assistant Director of the MIT Technology Licensing Office where she worked on more than 100 technology transfer deals per year.  

Clients rely on Karin's experience to structure and negotiate both simple and sophisticated transactions, strategic alliances, and collaborations for the development, manufacture, sale and distribution of pharmaceutical, consumer and agricultural products, medical devices, software, and services. Together with the client, she integrates the development, protection and monetization of intellectual property (including patents, copyrights, trademarks and trade secrets) into the client’s business. Her transactions include multi-million dollar deals, including cross-border deals, as well as the essential everyday deals that earn revenue to keep a client in business.  

Karin frequently speaks on licensing and collaborations and has presented at meetings for the Licensing Executives Society, the Association of University and Technology Managers, the National Association of College and University Attorneys, the Massachusetts Association of Technology Transfer Offices, and the American Conference Institute. She has also been a guest lecturer on intellectual property and licensing at Suffolk University Law School and the Brandeis International Business School.

Representative Experience

  • Provided counsel and drafted and negotiated multi-million dollar collaboration agreement for a grain milling company to acquire and develop a novel grain to be grown, milled, sold and distributed in North America.
  • Provided ongoing advice and legal support, including negotiating and drafting agreements, to enable cross-border collaborations and strategic alliances for over $100 million of translational research on behalf of a premiere Boston-based academic medical center to develop a novel vaccine.
  • Provided ongoing counsel to a startup company developing a new beverage delivery system, from prototype development through manufacturing, supply, distribution and sale of units and consumables.
  • Structured resolution to copyright ownership and use of faculty materials on behalf of a hospital and negotiated and drafted resolution agreement.
  • Negotiated multi-million dollar enterprise software and technology contracts for a $50 million New York based multi-site community service organization to implement a new site-wide information management system and continue to provide representation with subsequent information technology purchases and upgrades.
  • Crafted new guidelines and procedures on behalf of a Boston-based academic medical center to enable the Clinical Trials Office and the Procurement Office to coordinate efforts when acquiring devices that are subject to clinical trial agreements.
  • Advised a private equity partnership on $28 million investment in a company that provides end-to-end online curriculum delivery and assessment technology.
  • Negotiated and drafted catheter prototype development, manufacturing and licensing agreement on behalf of medical device spin out from a Louisiana university.
  • Provided structuring and compliance advice and drafted documentation to enable a Boston-based nationally recognized healthcare system to implement a web based clinical decision support system.
  • Counseled an online courseware developer, and negotiated and drafted a contract, for a $10 million deal to provide entire K-12 curriculum to a non-profit education center.
  • Formed and represented a university spin-out company to license founder’s therapeutic treatments for cataracts and dry eye from founder’s Nebraska-based medical center.
  • Crafted a new consortium funding agreement template for French research institute to fund transatlantic research in the areas of cardiovascular and neurovascular disease.
  • Represent premier science and engineering research universities and academic medical centers on intellectual property and technology license agreements, including patent, copyright, know-how, trade secret and trademark licenses.
  • Assist non-profit organizations, including higher education, research institutes, and academic medical centers, in developing and adopting intellectual property and conflict of interest policies.
Professional and Community Involvement
  • Boston Bar Association
  • Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM)
  • American Health Lawyers Association
Awards and Recognition
Speaking Engagements
Press Releases
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clientAdvisories: Trademarks and Social Networking
blogEntries: So You’ve Entered the Cloud:  Do You Know What’s in Your Contracts?
blogEntries: Limited Time Offer: Uncertain Ends to Prepaid Discount Offers
blogEntries: Customer Loyalty Programs May Face Increased FTC Scrutiny
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Interactive Media
Done Deals
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