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Little things that matter in language design
* What important patents did Novell have?
* What happens to the pledges Novell made to OIN? (Were they promises, licences, or transfers? A mix, IIRC)
Novell sold to Attachmate
Posted Nov 23, 2010 0:03 UTC (Tue) by drag (subscriber, #31333)
It's not like when you buy a company then all of a sudden you eliminated all the original company's obligations. The good and the bad are part of what you buy.
To know for certain you'll have to look at the OIN contracts and see if there is any escape clause or whatever for pulling your patents back out. Like if Novell could buy themselves out of the OIN then it would be possible for the new patent holders to do that also.
Posted Nov 23, 2010 2:33 UTC (Tue) by JoeBuck (subscriber, #2330)
What patents does Novell own
Posted Nov 23, 2010 20:43 UTC (Tue) by kmself (subscriber, #11565)
A large quantity becomes (depending on which tack you wish to take), leverage in pressing for licensing fees from others (a trick IBM knows well), or a bargaining chip in dealing with requests for licensing fees from others. In either case, the alternative is litigation, generally aimed at busting the patent. Patent busting is expensive and time consuming. Multiply that by 882 patents (a pretty significant holding).
Of course, specific patents may be instrumental in carving out market space, it'll be interesting to see what's in there and how they can/will be used.
I don't particularly welcome this development.
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