“Twitter user @VM_gville (whose account has meanwhile disappeared) pointed me to the website of the German federal antitrust authority (‘Bundeskartellamt’), which discloses a merger (or more precisely, joint venture) notification filed a week ago (on 09 December 2010), according to which the four companies behind CPTN Holdings LLC — the acquirer of 882 Novell patents — are Microsoft, Apple, EMC, and Oracle,” Florian Mueller reports for FOSS Patents. “The product market in which the newly formed company plans to operate is defined as ‘patents.'”
“Three weeks ago I already commented on the recent announcement of Attachmate acquiring Novell and the sale of 882 Novell patents, in exchange for $450 million, to CPTN Holdings LLC,” Mueller reports. “At the time, the full list of CPTN Holdings LLC partners was not known. The entity was described as a ‘consortium organized by Microsoft.'”
Mueller reports, “Within the consortium, the four players will have to agree on a common denominator concerning the patents to be acquired. They’ve apparently been able to agree that those patents are valuable assets to own. I still don’t know the list of those patents, but it’s important progress that we now have the names of the companies, thanks to the German competition authority.”
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[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Fred Mertz” and “James W.” for the heads up.]