Seeking to help inventors profit from patents

Acacia Research Chief Executive Matthew Vella says his firm's clients often can't afford to hire specialists who will help monetize their patents. "They are not looking to sell them necessarily, but if they are looking to get money because people are infringing their patents, we want to be their partner," he says. Above, Vella at his Newport Beach office.
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