Yes, Novell Owns Unix
Nov 29, 2010, 18:33 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Sean Michael Kerner)
"Novell is selling over 800 patents to Microsoft, but not their
"When Novell first announced that it was being acquired by
Attachmate for $2.2 billion, the question of who would retain
ownership over Unix copyrights was an open issue.
"As part of the Novell sale, the company also revealed that it
is selling 882 patents to a Microsoft-led technology consortium for
$450 million. Potential ownership of Unix by the Microsoft-led
group could have led to a new round of patent battles between
Microsoft and the open source community. In a terse statement,
Novell has now publicly stated that it will not be selling Unix as
part of the patent sale."