CPTN Holdings, A Front For Microsoft and Other Tech Companies, Acquire 882 Novell Patents

CPTN Holdings is an organization that has acquired 882 patents from Novell as part of a deal with Attachmate. CPTN Holdings is a front for a group of companies that include Microsoft, Apple, EMC, and Oracle.

This past November Attachmate announced that they would acquire Novell for $2.2 billion. At the same time as the acquisition announcement, Novell said that they plan to have a concurrent sale of I.P. assets to CPTN. The patents were sold for $450 million in cash. CPTN was actually organized by Microsoft and it is unknown how the patents will be divided between the companies.


This article was written by Amit Chowdhry. You can follow me at @amitchowdhry or on Google+ at
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