People: Acacia Research Corp (ACTG.OQ)
23 Sep 2019
Ms. Katharine Wolanyk is Independent Director of the Company. Ms. Wolanyk's career spans the business, legal and engineering fields, with a particular focus in intellectual property. She is a Managing Director at Burford Capital, a leading global finance and investment management firm focused on law with over $3 billion committed to the legal market. She was named a World's Leading IP Strategist by Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) in 2015 through 2018 and has deep experience within the technology industry. Ms. Wolanyk leads Burford's intellectual property business as well as its Chicago office. Burford is one of the top performing listings on the London Stock Exchange's AIM market, with a current market capitalization of more than $4.5 billion. Prior to joining Burford, Ms. Wolanyk was President, Chief Legal Officer and a board member of Soverain Software, an enterprise software company whose patent portfolio has been licensed extensively in the software and Internet retailing industries. Ms. Wolanyk was also intellectual property counsel to a publicly traded IT solutions firm, General Counsel of a managed hosting provider, Senior Vice President of corporate development at a publicly traded enterprise software company, a corporate attorney at Latham & Watkins LLP, and began her career as a systems engineer at Hughes Aircraft Company. Ms. Wolanyk holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Chicago and a B.S. in Engineering from Michigan State University.
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