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Microsoft-led group to pay $450M for 882 Novell patents

Chris Kanaracus and Joab Jackson | Nov. 20, 2010
CPTN Holdings LLC, a consortium of technology companies organized by Microsoft, is purchasing 882 Novell patents for $450 million cash, according to a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing submitted Monday by Novell.

The deal "was controversial in the open-source community because Microsoft was less than transparent about where the actual IP infringements were," King said. The two companies also agreed to develop technologies that would help Unix and Microsoft Windows computers interoperate more smoothly.

Attachmate will continue to manage Suse Linux as a stand-alone separate business.

 

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