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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Comment by jpobst
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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by poundsmack on Thu 16th Dec 2010 23:06 in reply to "Comment by jpobst"
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they could even be patents for basic OS functionality that could be going on at the core of Android or bla bla bla. as systems get more and more complex they continually increase the chances of stepping on the toes of other patents and bla bla bla. they could have just wanted them so that google couldn't have them or, if google isn't infringing on any of them, have them in hopes that they might become relevant.

my guess is MS knows whats in there (since they have been working quite a bit with Novel over the last few years (and before, *wink wink*), talked to apple and oracle and laid out a game plan, and likely helped broker the Novel sale to begin with. It seems to me this has all been laid out and executed fairly precisely and I think there is more going on than we know. I'm looking forward to seeing what happens next, but I bet you at least a few of those patents MS was eager to get...

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by Lennie on Fri 17th Dec 2010 00:39 in reply to "RE: Comment by jpobst"
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ChromeOS maybe ?

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