Acacia Technologies Licenses Dynamic Manufacturing Modeling Technology To Brooks Automation

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—May 1, 2006— Acacia Research Corporation (Nasdaq: ACTG) (Nasdaq:CBMX) announced today that Information Technology Innovation LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary that is part of the Acacia Technologies group, a leader in technology licensing, has entered into a license with Brooks Automation, Inc., covering a portfolio of patents that apply to Dynamic Manufacturing Modeling technology. The license resolves two lawsuits, with respect to Brooks' products, that were pending in the District Court for the Northern District of Illinois involving Intel Corporation, Motorola, Inc, and Freescale Semiconductor, Inc.

"The agreement with Brooks Automation is the first license for our dynamic manufacturing modeling technology," said Paul Ryan, Chairman and CEO of Acacia. "We have now generated revenues from 17 different patented technologies, as we continue to expand our revenue base," concluded Mr. Ryan.

This patented technology generally relates to a modeling and control process used to decrease costs and increase production for factory operations. Such simulation modeling can include a variety of parameters such as products, fabrication sequences, collections of job sets, scheduling rules, and machine reliability standards. This technology can be used for exacting manufacturing processes such as semiconductor fabrication.

ABOUT ACACIA RESEARCH CORPORATION

Acacia Research Corporation comprises two operating groups, Acacia Technologies group and CombiMatrix group.

The Acacia Technologies group develops, acquires, and licenses patented technologies. Acacia controls 42 patent portfolios, which include over 160 U.S. patents, and certain foreign counterparts, covering technologies used in a wide variety of industries including audio/video enhancement & synchronization, broadcast data retrieval, computer memory cache coherency, credit card fraud protection, database management, data encryption & product activation, digital media transmission (DMT(R)), digital video production, dynamic manufacturing modeling, enhanced Internet navigation, hearing aid ECS, image resolution enhancement, interactive data sharing, interactive television, laptop docking station connectivity, microprocessor enhancement, multi-dimensional bar codes, network data storage, resource scheduling, rotational video imaging, spreadsheet automation, user activated Internet advertising and web conferencing & collaboration software.

The CombiMatrix group is developing a platform technology to rapidly produce customizable arrays, which are semiconductor-based tools for use in identifying and determining the roles of genes, gene mutations and proteins. The CombiMatrix's group's technology has a wide range of potential applications in the areas of genomics, proteomics, biosensors, drug discovery, drug development, diagnostics, combinatorial chemistry, material sciences and nanotechnology.

Acacia Research-Acacia Technologies (Nasdaq: ACTG) and Acacia Research-CombiMatrix (Nasdaq:CBMX) are both classes of common stock issued by Acacia Research Corporation and are intended to reflect the performance of the respective operating groups and are not issued by the operating groups.

Information about the Acacia Technologies group and the CombiMatrix group is available at www.acaciaresearch.com.

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This news release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the "safe harbor" provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements are based upon our current expectations and speak only as of the date hereof. Our actual results may differ materially and adversely from those expressed in any forward-looking statements as a result of various factors and uncertainties, including the recent economic slowdown affecting technology companies, our ability to successfully develop products, rapid technological change in our markets, changes in demand for our future products, legislative, regulatory and competitive developments and general economic conditions. Our Annual Report on Form 10-K, recent and forthcoming Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, recent Current Reports on Forms 8-K and 8-K/A, and other SEC filings discuss some of the important risk factors that may affect our business, results of operations and financial condition. We undertake no obligation to revise or update publicly any forward-looking statements for any reason.



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