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Acacia Subsidiary Enters Into Settlement and Patent License Agreement With HickoryTech Corporation

Acacia Research Corporation (NASDAQ: ACTG) announced today that its Brandywine Communications Technologies, LLC subsidiary has entered into a settlement and patent license agreement with HickoryTech Corporation. The agreement resolves litigation that was pending in the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota.

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Founded in 1993, Acacia Research Corporation (NASDAQ: ACTG) is the industry leader in patent licensing. An intermediary in the patent marketplace, Acacia partners with inventors and patent owners to unlock the financial value in their patented inventions. Acacia bridges the gap between invention and application, facilitating efficiency and delivering monetary rewards to the patent owner.

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