Return of The Privateer: Did Microsoft & Samsung Finance Acacia’s Recent Patent Splurge?

Acacia recently pulled of a mammoth purchase–$160 MM for 4G technology company ADAPTIX and it’s portfolio of 30+ confirmed US assets (in the form of issued patents) and numerous other potential assets (in the form of pending applications).  By the numbers, this is a several-million dollar per patent purchase, rivaling the recent Nortel auction in comparative value.  Joff Wild and the folks at IAM Magazine chalked this acquisition–which exceeds Acacia’s entire valuation of three years ago–up to Acacia’s recent growth, but there is an alternative theory worth considering.