OSI and the CPTN Transaction

This page preserves the news flow from the OSI home page at the start of 2011 concerning the purchase of Novell’s patent portfolio by the CPTN Consortium.

OSI Responds to German Competition Follow-up on Novell/CPTN Transaction

April 8, 2011: Towards the end of March, we received a message from the German Bundeskartellamt (Federal Cartel Office or FCO) advising us that the CPTN transaction had been re-notified to them. That means that the consortium seeking to acquire Novell’s patent portfolio – Microsoft, Apple, EMC and Oracle – had once again asked for permission to proceed. The FCO went on to ask OSI for its views on the revised transaction. The OSI Board responded to their questionnaire and you can read our response.

February 6, 2011: The US Department of Justice has sent a formal Second request to Novell and CPTN seeking more information. The Board, together with the FSF Board, welcomes this move.

January 19, 2011: The OSI has collaborated with the Free Software Foundation to jointly submit an updated version of the request to the US Department of Justice as well.

January 17, 2011: Despite reports to the contrary, the Board believes CPTN is still proceeding with the plans considered in our request to the German FCO.

December 29, 2010: The OSI Board felt compelled to request that competition authorities take a closer look at the proposed transaction between Novell and the new CPTN consortium. Read more…