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Department of Justice alters Novell CPTN patent deal

Apr 21, 2011, 11:06 (0 Talkback[s])

"The U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ) cares about open source.They care about open source so much that they're forcing Novell to alter their deal with CPTN over the sale of 882 patents. CPTN is a group that includes Microsoft, Apple and EMC.

"The DoJ basically saw the deal as originally constructed as a risk to the open source ecosystem.

"According to the DoJ, Microsoft will sell back to Attachmate all of the Novell patents that Microsoft would have otherwise acquired, but will continue to receive a license for the use of those patents.

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