Chief Executive Officer
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.
L. "CHIP" HARRIS
|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.
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.
|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.
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
|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
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.
|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.
|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.
|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
|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.
|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.
|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
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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
|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.
|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.