Novell patent sale to shield Microsoft, Apple, EMC and Oracle from lawsuits

“Microsoft, Apple, EMC and Oracle are continuing to pursue a
deal for Novell’s patents that will let the four companies split
the patents four ways and immunize themselves from any potential
lawsuits. “
The deal, which is pending review before U.S. and German
authorities, has been changed slightly because of concerns raised
by the nonprofit Open Source Initiative and other parties.”