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Submission + - Microsoft, Apple, EMC, Oracle Form Patent Bloc (

An anonymous reader writes: When Novell finally sold itself, part of the deal included the sale of 882 patents to a consortium backed by Microsoft MSFT). Thanks to a tip from Florian Mueller, it turns out that Microsoft’s partners are Apple, Oracle, and EMC, which raise questions about where these companies are heading and what it means for the rest of the industry.
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Microsoft, Apple, EMC, Oracle Form Patent Bloc

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