CPTN Withdraws Request to Establish Patent Consortium in Germany (updated)

Discussions and rumours have accompanied the announced purchase of 822 Novell patents by CPTN Holdings LLC for $450 million in cash in the course of Novell's merger into Seattle-based software company Attachmate Corporation (press release). According to a "notified merger project" (Ref. no. B5-148/10 of 06.12.2010; product market: "patents") announced by the German "Bundeskartellamt" (Federal Cartel Office), CPTN has been revealed as a joint venture of the four software heavyweights Microsoft, Apple, EMC, and Oracle (see report). As reported on this blog a couple of days ago, the open source community was so concerned about the patent deal that the Open Software Initiative even lodged a complaint with the Bundeskartellamt to "urge the FCO to investigate the CPTN transaction thoroughly and consider appropriate remedies to address the concerns raised" (see press release). As the latest twist, Microsoft et al. have now withdrawn their request to establish a patent consortium in Germany, which can be concluded from the words "30.12.2010 (Rücknahme)" [engl. "withdrawal"] that have been added to the announced "notified merger project" on the website of the German "Bundeskartellamt". However, it appears doubtful whether the withdrawal can really be interpreted as a consequence of the recent complaints of open source advocates ...Zum vollständigen Artikel

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