Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 16th Dec 2010 21:57 UTC, submitted by poundsmack
Legal Well well well well well, paint me red and call me a girly scout. I've been saying for months now that there's much more collaboration between Apple and Microsoft than their respective fanboys want to believe, especially when it comes to fighting Google and Android, which both companies partly do via patent suits. More evidence for this has emerged today. Remember CPTN Holdings, the consortium led by Microsoft which bought that bundle of patents from Novell? Which other companies are part of this consortium? EMC. Oracle. Apple.
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by jpobst on Thu 16th Dec 2010 22:45 UTC
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I'm not sure I agree with your assessment. Given Novell's products over the last 20 years, I find it highly unlikely that they have any mobile phone patents.

I also doubt they would sell any patents that could be used against Linux itself, since they've gone to great lengths to protect Linux (SCO, OIN).

As mundane as it sounds, my guess is these were simply patents regarding things like networking (Netware), directory services (eDirectory), and word processing (WordPerfect).

ie: Patents they were suing Microsoft for infringing before their patent agreement.

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