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Novell's patents bought by Microsoft, Apple, EMC, & Oracle

Dec 16, 2010, 23:04 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols)

[ Thanks to Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols for this link. ]

"When CPTN Holdings appeared out of the blue to snap up Novell's patent portfolio, the only thing anyone knew about them was that Microsoft was behind the group and that's all Microsoft had to say about its Novell intellectual property (IP) purchase. Now, thanks to Germany's anti-trust body, the Bundeskartellamt, we know that Microsoft's CPTN Holdings partners were Apple, EMC, and Oracle.

"As my buddy Mary Jo Foley pointed out, this means that "CPTN Holdings isn't just a front for Microsoft." It's easy, of course, to see why Microsoft would want Novell's IP. While we don't exactly what patents came with this deal, we do know that Novell owns significant networking, directory, virtualization and data center patents"

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