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Novell keeps UNIX copyrights away from Microsoft; 882 patents still in play

International Business Times - Novell's Chief Marketing Officer John Dragoon said on Wednesday that UNIX copyrights are in Novell's hands, quieting fears that Microsoft had clinched its UNIX copyrights.

Dragoon said in a statement: "Novell will continue to own Novell's UNIX copyrights following completion of the merger as a subsidiary of Attachmate" allaying open-source community's fears."

The announcement came two days after Attachmate acquired Novell for $2.2 billion in cash. The deal also involved the sale of some 882 Novell patents to a Microsoft-led consortium CPTN Holdings for $450 million.