Our management staff is as follows:

CORPORATE MANAGEMENT
PAUL RYAN
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Ryan has served as a Director since August 1995, as Chief Executive Officer since January 1997 and as Chairman since April 2000. He also served as President of the Company from January 1997 until July 2000. Prior to being named Chief Executive Officer, he was Executive Vice President and Chief Investment Officer of Acacia Research from 1996 through 1997 and Vice President, Capital Management, of Acacia Research from 1995 through 1996. He was formerly co-founder and general partner of the American Health Care Fund, L.P., held positions with Young & Rubicam, Ogilvy & Mather, and Merrill Lynch and was a private venture capital investor. Mr. Ryan holds a B.S. from Cornell University and attended the New York University Graduate School of Business.
ROBERT L. "CHIP" HARRIS
Director & President
Mr. Harris has served as a Director since April 2000 and as President since July 2000. Prior to joining Acacia, Mr. Harris founded Entertainment Properties Trust (NYSE: EPR) and was President and Director from 1997 to July 2000. From 1993 to 1997 Mr. Harris led the International Division and served as Senior Vice President of AMC Entertainment. From 1984 to 1992 Mr. Harris served as President of Carlton Browne and Company, Inc., a holding company and trust with assets in real estate, insurance and financial services. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the George L. Graziadio School of Business and Management at Pepperdine University.
ROBERT A. BERMAN
Chief Operating Officer & General Counsel
Mr. Berman joined the Company in 2000, was named Senior Vice President Business Development and General Counsel in February 2001, was named Executive Vice President in November 2003 and was named Chief Operating Officer in January 2005. Mr. Berman has extensive licensing and business development experience with media technology companies and held the position of Director of New Business Development at National Media Corporation from 1997 to 1999 and at QVC from 1993 to 1997. He practiced law at the Philadelphia law firm of Blank, Rome, Comisky and McCauley from 1989 to 1993. Mr. Berman received a B.S. from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, and a J.D. from Northwestern Law School.
CLAYTON J. HAYNES
Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Haynes joined Acacia in April 2001 as Treasurer and Senior Vice President, Finance. In November 2001, Mr. Haynes was appointed Chief Financial Officer of Acacia Research. From 1992 to March 2001, Mr. Haynes was employed by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, ultimately serving as a Manager in the Business Advisory Services practice. Mr. Haynes received a B.A. from the University of California at Los Angeles, is a Certified Public Accountant and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
ROBERT STEWART
Senior Vice President, Corporate Finance
Mr. Stewart joined Acacia in 1997 as Vice President of Corporate Finance. He was appointed to Senior Vice President, Corporate Finance and Investor Relations in 1999. Mr. Stewart was formerly President of Macallan, Dunhill & Associates, general partner of a private investment fund. Mr. Stewart has a bachelors degree in economics from the University of Colorado/Boulder.
MARVIN E. KEY
Senior Vice President
Mr. Key joined Acacia in 2005 as Senior Vice President. From 2000 to 2005 he was involved in sales and trading as well as capital market activities with Thomas Weisel Partners, LLC, a San Francisco based investment bank. He also spent three years as a Portfolio Manager with hedge fund, Hermes Advisors, between 1998 and 2000. Prior to that, over a ten year period, Mr. Key held various positions with New York Investment banks, Salomon Brothers and Lehman Brothers. Mr. Key is a Chartered Financial Analyst, attended Clemson University and holds an MBA from Southern Methodist University.
BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
DOOYONG LEE
Executive Vice President, Business Development
Mr. Lee joined Acacia in 2005 as Executive Vice President, Business Development. He has over 20 years of experience in patent licensing and technology management with a track record of success. He was previously Chief Operating Officer of Global Patent Holdings/TechSearch, which was acquired by Acacia. Prior to Global, he was President of LPS Group, a patent licensing company he founded under Information Holdings Inc. (now part of The Thomson Corporation, NYSE:TOC), that achieved profitability in less than two years. Prior to LPS Group, he co-founded FRI, an intellectual property consulting firm under the sponsorship of Fish & Richardson, PC and previously was a licensing executive at AT&T Bell Laboratories/Lucent Technologies. Mr. Lee holds a B.A. from Oberlin College and an M.S. from the University of California at Berkeley.
JOSEPH LEE
Vice President, Business Development
Mr. Lee joined Acacia in July 2006 as Vice President, Business Development. Mr. Lee was formerly Chief Intellectual Property Counsel for Conexant Systems. Prior to Conexant, Mr. Lee was Division IP Counsel for Gateway, Inc.'s Enterprise Division, and IP Counsel for Callaway Golf Company. He also practiced law at the IP law firm of Lyon & Lyon. Mr. Lee is a registered patent attorney and holds a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California, and J.D. degree from the University of California Berkeley Boalt Hall School of Law.
MOSES MARES
Vice President, Business Development
Mr. Mares joined Acacia in June 2005 as Vice President, Business Development. Mr. Mares was formerly senior corporate counsel with Siebel Systems, where he managed a wide variety of intellectual property matters including advising on intellectual property asset purchases and the licensing of intellectual property rights. He previously held positions with Baker & Mckenzie, in both the Intellectual Property and Corporate Groups, where he advised clients regarding intellectual property licensing and litigation strategies, and with Knobbe, Martens, Olson & Bear in their patent prosecution and intellectual property licensing practice. Earlier in his career, Mr. Mares was a Program Manager with Intel Corporation and an R&D Engineer with IBM Corporation. Mr. Mares is a registered patent attorney who holds a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology, an M.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Texas Austin, an M.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of California San Diego and a J.D. degree from Santa Clara University.
LICENSING
KARLTON BUTTS
Vice President, Licensing
Mr. Butts joined the company in June 2003 as Vice President, Licensing. He has extensive experience in licensing and intellectual property law and previously held the position of Vice President, Business and Legal Affairs for Intertainer Inc. from 2000 through 2002. He practiced law at the Los Angeles law firms Riordan & McKinzie and Loeb & Loeb from 1998 to 2000 and the Washington law firms Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner and Sixbey, Friedman, Leedon & Ferguson from 1992 to 1998. Mr. Butts received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from North Carolina A & T State University and a J.D. from the George Washington University Law School.
TISHA DERAIMO
Vice President, Licensing
Ms. DeRaimo joined the company in September 2005 as Vice President, Licensing. Ms. DeRaimo has extensive experience in the worldwide commercialization of intellectual property. She previously was managing attorney with Alea Global Law and formerly held positions with David International Trading Company and with Pillsbury Winthrop. Ms. DeRaimo received a B.S. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, an M.S. from Loyola University Chicago and received her J.D. from the Loyola University Chicago School of Law.
EDWARD TRESKA
Vice President, Licensing
Mr. Treska joined the company in April 2004 as Vice President, Licensing. Mr. Treska was most recently General Counsel, Director of Patents and Licensing for SRS Labs, Inc., a technology licensing company specializing in audio enhancement. Prior to joining SRS Labs, Mr. Treska was an associate attorney with the intellectual property law firm Knobbe, Martens, Olson & Bear and a design engineer with the TRW Space & Technology Group. Mr. Treska holds a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Colorado State University and a J.D. degree from the University of San Diego School of Law.
MATTHEW VELLA
Vice President, Licensing
Mr. Vella joined the company in November 2006 as Vice President, Licensing. Mr. Vella was most recently Senior Intellectual Property Counsel for ATI Research, Inc. Prior to joining ATI Research, Mr. Vella was Lead Patent License Counsel for Nortel Networks, Inc and Counsel for Nortel Networks Corporation. Mr. Vella holds a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Carleton University and a J.D. degree from the University of Toronto Law School
JOANNE YBABEN
Vice President, Licensing
Ms. Ybaben joined the company in September 2005 as Vice President, Licensing. Ms. Ybaben has extensive experience in all facets of intellectual property law and licensing. She previously was with Stout, Uxa, Buyan & Mullins and formerly was an associate with Fulwider Patton Lee & Utecht. Ms. Ybaben is a registered patent attorney and holds a B.A. from the University of California, San Diego, attended the Saint Louis University School of Law and received her J.D. from the California Western School of Law.
ENGINEERING
JOHN ROOP
Senior Vice President, Engineering
Mr. Roop joined Acacia in March 2002 as Vice President, Engineering. He was appointed to Senior Vice President, Engineering in March 2003. Prior to joining Acacia, Mr. Roop was Sr. Vice President, Technology and Development of Star Sight Telecast, Inc.(acquired by Gemstar). He was also co-founder and Director of Engineering at InSight Telecast, Inc. and co-founder and Vice President of Engineering at VSAT Systems. Previously, he was Director of Data Communications at Telcom General Corp. Mr. Roop has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley.
MARC BOOTH
Vice President, Engineering
Mr. Booth joined Acacia in June 2006 as Vice President, Engineering. Prior to joining Acacia, Mr. Booth was Director of Systems Engineering at Nicholas Laboratories, a privately held technology company owned by ex-Broadcom CEO, Dr. Henry Nicholas, III. Previously, Mr. Booth was Vice President of Engineering of In The Air Net; Senior Director Engineering of Powerwave Technologies; Vice President of Engineering and CTO of Comarco Wireless Technologies; and Vice President of Engineering, Sony Corporation. Mr. Booth holds a B.S. Physics, from the University of California Riverside and a MSEE degree from the University of Southern California.
ERIC BROWN
Vice President, Engineering
Mr. Brown joined Acacia in February 2006 as Vice President, Engineering. Prior to joining Acacia, Mr. Brown was President of TechnoView, Inc., a firm that developed medical products, scientific instruments and database systems. Previously, he founded Remote Medical Corporation, I-Flow Corporation (NASDAQ:IFLO), and Offsite Computers. Earlier, Mr. Brown worked at USC School of Medicine, Hughes Aircraft Company, and the Charles Stark Draper Laboratory. He is an inventor on 16 U.S. patents and one Taiwan patent. Mr. Brown holds B.S. and M.S. degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is also a USPTO Registered Patent Agent.
ROBERT DEPIRRO
Vice President, Engineering
Mr. DePirro joined Acacia in January 2003 as Vice President, Engineering. Before joining Acacia, Mr. DePirro was Senior Vice President of Media Technology at Intertainer, a pioneer in the video-on-demand industry. Previously he was a Senior Systems Engineer with Vanstar, one of the nation’s largest systems integrators and is a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer.
JON EASTMAN
Vice President, Engineering
Mr. Eastman joined Acacia in December 2002 as Vice President, Engineering. He was formerly Director of Strategic Business Planning for Pioneer North America and led the company into the XM satellite radio business. Prior to Pioneer North America, he was a Systems Engineer at Hughes Electronics where he played a pivotal role in the startup of DIRECTV. Mr. Eastman received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, Irvine and a M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California.
JACOB HAWLEY
Vice President, Engineering
Mr. Hawley joined Acacia in June 2006 as Vice President, Engineering. Prior to joining Acacia, Mr. Hawley held the position of Architect at Microsoft Corporation. Prior to Microsoft he was CEO of TKO Software, Inc.; Vice President of Engineering at ASML, a leader in the manufacture of advanced technology for the semiconductor industry; Vice President of Engineering of Embedded Solutions; and Director of Engineering at Creative Labs.

 

 

 

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