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Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): September 7, 2018

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Item 5.02 Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers.
Effective as of September 7, 2018, Robert B. Stewart, Jr. was terminated from his position as President of Acacia Research Corporation (the “Company”). Although the Company previously anticipated that Mr. Stewart’s transition out of his position as President of the Company would be effective as of August 10, 2018, the termination was not finalized until September 7, 2018.

Pursuant to Mr. Stewart’s Employment Agreement dated August 1, 2017 (the “Agreement”), Mr. Stewart is entitled to receive severance benefits upon receipt by the Company of an executed release of claims by Mr. Stewart. Such severance benefits include: (i) earned but unpaid salary, (ii) earned and accrued but unpaid bonuses, (iii) accrued but unused vacation time and unreimbursed business expenses, (iv) one-month salary in lieu of notice of termination, (v) a one-time lump sum payment in an amount equal to 18 months of Mr. Stewart’s base salary, and (vi) payment by the Company of the premiums charged for COBRA coverage for him and his eligible dependents for a period not to exceed 18 months.

The foregoing description of the Agreement does not purport to be complete and is subject to and qualified in its entirety by reference to the full and complete text of the Agreement. A copy of the Agreement is attached as Exhibit 10.1 to the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the period ended September 30, 2017, previously filed on November 7, 2017.

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

Date: September 11, 2018                /s/ Marc W. Booth                 
Chief Intellectual Property Officer