Yes, Novell Owns Unix
When Novell first announced that it was being acquired by Attachmate for $2.2 billion, the question of who would retain ownership over Unix copyrights was an open issue.
As part of the Novell sale, the company also revealed that it is selling 882 patents to a Microsoft-led technology consortium for $450 million. Potential ownership of Unix by the Microsoft-led group could have led to a new round of patent battles between Microsoft and the open source community. In a terse statement, Novell has now publicly stated that it will not be selling Unix as part of the patent sale.
“Novell will continue to own Novell’s UNIX copyrights following completion of the merger as a subsidiary of Attachmate,” John Dragoon, Novell’s Chief Marketing Officer said in a statement.
Novell has owned the Unix copyrights since 1993 when it acquired them from AT&T. Novell recently successfully defended its Unix ownership claim in a legal battle with SCO.
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