Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Novell to retain Unix copyrights in merger

Novell announced on Wednesday that it would continue to be the owner of its copyrights to Unix, despite its merger with Attachmate.

The news came two days after Novell announced it would be acquired by Attachmate as part of a $2.2bn (£1.4bn) deal that also involved the sale of some of the company's intellectual property to the Microsoft-organised consortium CPTN Holdings.

"Novell will continue to own Novell's Unix copyrights following completion of the merger as a subsidiary of Attachmate," Novell's chief marketing officer, John Dragoon, said in a post on the company's website. Details have yet to be released on the specifics of the 882 patents and other intellectual property that will go to the consortium as part of the deal.

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