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Acacia Targets Heavy Industry With New Patent

Law360 (October 28, 2005, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Weeks after forcing schools to pen licensing deals for its streaming-media patents, patent holding company Acacia Research Corp. is now setting its sights on manufacturers and heavy industry with a newly acquired patent for resource scheduling technology.

The holding company, which routinely asserts its patents against companies across industries, said it had squeezed a license from Rockwell Automation Inc., a global provider of industrial automation.

Acacia asserted the patent through one of its many wholly owned subsidiaries, TechSearch LLC, which is part of Acacia’s Technologies group....
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