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Group getting Novell patents includes Apple, Microsoft

updated 11:00 am EST, Thu December 16, 2010

Novell patent acquirer CPTN has Apple, MS, Oracle

The acquirer of 882 Novell patents as part of Attachmate's buyout of Novell includes Apple, EMC, Microsoft and Oracle, Germany's antitrust regulator Bundeskartellamt revealed in a notice for the deal. While created by Microsoft, the organization includes some of its competitors and suggests the buy wasn't intended solely or primarily for Microsoft's attempt to discourage Linux use through patent lawsuits. None of the companies have mentioned their plans or, until now, acknowledged their involvement in public.

The presences of Apple, Microsoft and Oracle nonetheless suggests the move may be a concerted attempt to collect patents and sue either Google or its phone partners to subdue Android. Apple is currently suing HTC and Motorola in a generally known proxy war against Android, as most of its patent claims focus on Android. Microsoft has simultaneously argued that it's entitled to royalties on all Android phones and has also sued Motorola. Oracle is currently suing Google over Java patents used in Android.

Apple and Microsoft are also facing lawsuits in other areas, including from Motorola in both cases and Nokia for Apple. It's unclear whether any of the 882 patents can be used as leverage. [via Florian Mueller]

by MacNN Staff



  1. Bobfozz

    Joined: Dec 1969


    It's out of control

    We hear about stifling innovation (mainly a lie), we hear about companies creating a patent and never using them, we hear about Texas courts and liberal California judges... it's all gone mad. We hear about theft, we hear about knock offs. We hear about piracy. Mainly it's mostly about software, something which is easily duplicatable while hardware takes more effort. Wouldn't it be "worthwhile" to have all the players set up some kind of consortium, a clearinghouse, a systematic review to avoid all these lawsuits? When it gets as ridiculous as "one click" shopping (Amazon), it is all overboard. There's clearly a difference between smacking your forehead and saying, "Gee, that's so obvious" and sitting down and putting together a plan that ISN'T so obvious but a result of testing, thinking, and even praying... but no!!! Every dumba-- thing that comes down the pike is patentable. It's crazy.It's vested interest. It IS all about the MONEY.

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