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Germany Clears Novell Patent Sale to Microsoft, EMC, Apple

BloombergGermany’s antitrust regulator cleared Novell Inc. (NOVL)’s sale of 882 software patents to a group including Microsoft Inc., Oracle Inc., Apple Inc. (AAPL) and EMC Corp.

The Bonn-based Federal Cartel Office cleared the deal after the companies agreed to accommodate antitrust concerns raised by the German regulator and the U.S. Department of Justice, the office said in an e-mailed statement today.

The patent sale was linked to the acquisition of Novell by Attachmate Corp. The sales agreement was cleared only after the companies retracted their original plan and refiled it with new terms, according to the statement.