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Who owns what in the Novell deal

Nov 25, 2010, 02:03 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols)

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

"We're beginning to see who owns Unix and other intellectual property in the Novell deal. Hint: Microsoft did just fine for itself. The bare facts of the matter are that the almost forgotten software company Attachmate has bought Novell and Microsoft played a large, perhaps critical, role in the Novell acquisition. We don't know a lot more than that, but we are beginning to get a fuller picture of what's what in the Novell deal.

"First, Unix's intellectual property (IP) remains with Novell. That's the good news. The bad news is that Microsoft still has ended up with, via the mysterious CPTN Holdings LLC company, owning 882 of Novell's patents, and perhaps, as you'll see shortly, much more besides."

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