Microsoft, EMC, Apple Moving Away from Novell Patent Buys

Posted by at 12:03 pm on January 12, 2011

A consortium of several companies, including Microsoft, Apple, EMC and Oracle, has backed away from its plan to buy a large number of Novell patents. The companies had submitted a plan notifying German regulators of the decision to establish CPTN Holdings and purchase 882 of the patents, however the group withdrew its filing on December 30.

Many open-source promoters had submitted letters to the German Federal Cartel Office, outlining their arguments against the move, according to a PC World report. The Open Source Initiative pointed out that open-source software is the “sole or leading competition” for several products produced by the CPTN companies.

“The founders and leaders of CPTN have a long history of opposing and misrepresenting the value of open source software, which is at the heart of Web infrastructure and of many of the most widely used software products and services,” the OSI wrote.

The CPTN turnaround is not expected to have an impact on Attachmate’s acquisition of Novell.

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