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OSI asks German Federal Cartel Office to investigate CPTN transaction

Dec 30, 2010, 16:04 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael Tiemann)

"Earlier this month it was revealed that a consortium of companies led by Microsoft have offered over $400M to strip out all of Novell's patent assets from the Attachmate transaction and place them into a new entity called CPTN. The principals of CPTN were secret from the open source community until Dec 16th, when they were discovered and published.

"The fact that Microsoft was leading the takeover of Novell's patents was itself alarming to the open source community, but when it was revealed that Microsoft had recruited Oracle, Apple, and EMC to be co-owners of the patents, the OSI Board felt compelled to request that competition authorities take a closer look at the proposed transaction."

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