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CPTN Holdings is still trying to buy Novell's patents

Jan 12, 2011, 12:03 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols)

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"When I first read a story that CPTN Holdings-a Microsoft-led group that also includes Apple, EMC, and Oracle–was no longer in the running to buy 882 of Novell's patents, I knew the story couldn't be right. Yes, the Open Source Initiative (OSI) had protested against the patent deal to the German Federal Cartel Office, but just because CPTN has withdrawn a filing to the Office didn't mean that CPTN was giving up on the deal. Far from it.

"I suspected that since Attachmate's acquisition of Novell has been delayed by Attachmate needing more funds to seal the deal and Novell had to re-set the acquisition clock thanks to the Christmas holidays, that the closely-associated CPTN deal had run into similar problems. I was right."

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