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Microsoft and Oracle Bid For Novell Patents Withdrawn

Jessica Thornsby

Microsoft, Apple, EMC and Oracle appear to have withdrawn their proposal to acquire 882 Novell patents.

A controversial plan for Microsoft, Apple, EMC and Oracle to form a ‘CPTN’ consortium to purchase 882 Novell patents has been withdrawn. In December, 2010 Apple, EMC and Oracle notified the regulatory authorities of their intentions, but now it has been revealed that the filing was withdrawn on December 30th. Jennifer Baker of IDG News assumes this withdrawal was voluntary, as it is unlikely the authorities had the time to investigate the proposal.

The alarm was initially raised by the Open Source Initiative, who were concerned that the consortium companies had a history of “opposing and misrepresenting” the value of open source software.” They wrote to the German Federal Cartel Office, calling this acquisition a “serious threat” to the future of open source.

Novell is being acquired by Attachmate Corporation at a transaction valued at approximately $2.2 billion, with the CPTN consortium originally planning to concurrently acquire “certain intellectual property assets” for $450 million. Attachmate Corporation will split Novell into two business units: Novell and SUSE. It is unclear how this news will affect the sale.

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