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  4. <title>FSFE concerned about Novell patent sale</title>
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  7. <h1>FSFE concerned about Novell patent sale</h1>
  8. <p newsteaser="yes">Free Software Foundation Europe has written to the
  9. German competition authorities in order to share its concerns about
  10. the sale of Novell's patents to a consortium called CPTN, made up of
  11. Microsoft, Oracle, Apple and EMC.</p>
  12. <p>"If the sale of Novell’s patents to CPTN is allowed to go ahead,
  13. this will significantly increase the legal threat level for Free
  14. Software", says FSFE's President Karsten Gerloff in an <a
  15. href="http://blogs.fsfe.org/gerloff/2011/01/12/why-were-concerned-about-the-sale-of-novells-patents/">article</a>
  16. on the issue. </p>
  17. <p>On December 22, 2010, FSFE wrote to the German competition
  18. authorities with a <a
  19. href="/campaigns/swpat/letter-20101222.html">detailed
  20. explanation</a> of the negative effect that the acquisition of
  21. Novell's patents by CPTN would have for competition in the software
  22. market.</p>
  23. <p>"This case is yet another demonstration of how software patents make
  24. life difficult for everyone in the software market", Gerloff
  25. says. "And it provides yet another reason to continue <a
  26. href="/campaigns/swpat/">FSFE's long-standing work
  27. against software patents</a>.</p>
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  35. <tag>Microsoft</tag>
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