"Ever since the proposed acquisition of Novell by Attachmate
Corporation there has been much curiosity, but almost no
information, relating to the other major piece of the deal: the
acquisition of 882 patents by a consortium led by Microsoft for
$450 million. There are three main areas of undisclosed information
that are piquing peoples' interest, and in this bog entry I'll go
through each of them.
"Who are those guys? The first and most obvious question relates
to who the other members of CPTN Holdings, LLC (CPTN) the Microsoft
syndicate may be. To my knowledge, there has not yet been a leak of
this information. As I noted in my previous blog entry, the
transaction documents that are made public pursuant to public
reporting obligations may never reveal the names, unless one of the
consortium members is required to disclose it in one of its own
public reporting documents. Presumably that will happen, if it will
happen at all, within three to four months, as part of a normal
quarterly filing on Form 10-Q."
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