Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 22nd Nov 2010 19:53 UTC
Novell and Ximian We were well aware that Novell had put itself on the market, coyly winking at passers-by, displaying its... Assets. VMware was a contender, but things have played out entirely different: Novell has been bought by Attachmate Corp., with a Microsoft-led consortium buying unspecified intellectual property from Novell.
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RE[4]: patents?
by grfgguvf on Tue 23rd Nov 2010 00:16 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: patents?"
grfgguvf
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2006-09-25

but do you think some WordPerfect IP is worth 2 billion to Microsoft?

there must be more to it
i have the gut feeling they are planning on going after Android/Linux

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RE[5]: patents?
by lemur2 on Tue 23rd Nov 2010 00:28 in reply to "RE[4]: patents?"
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2007-02-17

but do you think some WordPerfect IP is worth 2 billion to Microsoft? there must be more to it i have the gut feeling they are planning on going after Android/Linux


Well, there is a lawsuit against Microsoft in progress at this moment over Wordperfect IP. This purchase may well kill that lawsuit.

However, having said that, your speculation could indeed turn out to be entirely correct.

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RE[5]: patents?
by vodoomoth on Tue 23rd Nov 2010 12:03 in reply to "RE[4]: patents?"
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2010-03-30

You didn't read the thing correctly. 2 billion is the price paid by Attachmate, not MSFT (or more precisely the consortium they are part of).

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RE[5]: patents?
by elsewhere on Wed 24th Nov 2010 02:08 in reply to "RE[4]: patents?"
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2005-07-13

but do you think some WordPerfect IP is worth 2 billion to Microsoft?


The MS consortium is paying $450M for the IP, and it won't incude WordPerfect since Corel bought them from Novell long ago.

Novell holds patents that have always been a concern for MS, related to networking and directory-based technologies, among others. Novell was doing workgroup computing long before MS did. Those patents are very likely the reason that Microsoft's deal with Novell was a cross-licensing deal in Novell's favor, as opposed to the other companies like Xandros that simply wound up having to pay a license fee to MS.

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