Acacia Research

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Industry Patent monetization
Founded 1993[1]
Headquarters Newport Beach, California, USA[2]
Key people
Paul R. Ryan, chairman/CEO
Matthew Vella, president[1]
Subsidiaries Acacia Technologies

Acacia Research Corporation is an American company based in Newport Beach, California, which, through various subsidiaries, purchases patents and licenses from them or takes legal action[3] against perceived infringers of its intellectual property.[2]

Acacia is sometimes referred to as a non-practicing entity (NPE) or patent troll because they derive revenue from licenses and lawsuits rather than from building products.[4][5] They're on the 2012 Business Insider list of the 8 most fearsome patent trolls.[6]

Acacia's approach is to create a subsidiary company for each set of patents it enforces. It currently has 229 known subsidiaries, and 257 active cases as of September 2014, only four of which are not through a subsidiary.[7]


  1. ^ a b Acacia Research Corporation Form 10-K, received February 26, 2010,
  2. ^ a b Cherry, Steven M. (June 2004). "Patent Profiteers". IEEE Spectrum. By its own account, Acacia is the only publicly traded company in the world that is engaged primarily in acquiring and licensing patents. 
  3. ^ "New Patent Cases Involving Acacia". Docket Alarm, Inc. Retrieved 5 November 2013. 
  4. ^ "The Troll Toll How “patent assertion entities” stifle innovation. (It’s even worse than you think.)". 2012-04-09. Retrieved 2013-12-20. 
  5. ^ "Newegg Obtains First Federal Circuit Fee Shifting Decision Based on Recent Supreme Court Precedent". Newegg Inc. Retrieved 22 May 2014. 
  6. ^ "Tech's 8 Most Fearsome 'Patent Trolls'". 2012-11-25. Retrieved 2013-12-20. 
  7. ^ "'RPX Corporation's Tracker'". 2014-09-11. Retrieved 2014-09-11. 

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