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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RE: Comment by shotsman
by lemur2 on Fri 17th Dec 2010 12:51 UTC in reply to "Comment by shotsman"
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Thom, you are a girly scout who should be painted ORANGE...

One minor nit.
The deal to purchase these patents is not yet done/completed/monies handed over. That is due in January.
There is still time for another buyer with a better offer to come on the scene. The Novell board are duty bound to consider any new offers especially if they give a better return of capital to shareholders.
some other sites are reporting that VMWare might still be in the 'ball game' so to speak.

True enough.

It doesn't matter though who ends up with the patents as far as Google and Android are concerned, Google already has a license for them (at least, those of the 882 patents related to Linux).

Incidentally, any company which joins OIN by the 23rd of January will also gain a license to use any of the Linux-related patents.

Since the only cost to join the OIN is to undertake not to sue any other OIN members or licensees over Linux, and joining OIN gives one a perpetual royalty-free license to all of the Linux-related patents of all of the OIN members and licensees, that seems like a tremendously good deal to me.

There are a lot of Linux-related patents held by that group collectively.

Edited 2010-12-17 12:54 UTC

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