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29 August 20192 minute read

DLA Piper represents Blue Ocean Robotics in its acquisition of the Beam telepresence robot business from Suitable Technologies

DLA Piper is representing Denmark-based Blue Ocean Robotics in its acquisition of the assets and rights associated with the Beam® telepresence robot from Silicon Valley-based Suitable Technologies, Inc. The deal is subject to necessary approvals.

Beam Presence technology enables Beam users to be present and to interact naturally from anywhere in the world by combining high-quality, lifelike audio and video; dependable, effortless mobility; and low-latency transmission for an impactful human presence. Beam allows users to connect into a remote location and have a presence there via a display, camera, and microphone placed on wheels that the user can physically navigate around, receiving a live video stream from a remote location as it is being explored. Blue Ocean Robotics has been a partner of Suitable Technologies for more than five years, pioneering the emerging technology.

Beam was the first telepresence robot to visit the White House, enabling then-President Barack Obama to meet founder and project coordinator of the Disability and Visibility Project Alice Wong at the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. 

The DLA Piper team is led by partner Michael Jon Brown and associate Kevin Berggren (both San Diego); and included partners Alison Maxwell (Seattle) and Hugh Goodwin, Jr. (Silicon Valley); attorney Ossie Lynn Ravid (Silicon Valley) and associate Jennifer Cumming (San Diego).

DLA Piper's global technology sector lawyers work across practice areas and offices to support technology clients at every stage of growth, from startups to fast-growing and mid-market businesses to mature global enterprises.