Justice Department Outlines Changes for Novell Patent Sale

The Department of Justice outlined steps that CPTN Holdings LLC has agreed to take in order to acquire some patents and patent applications from Novell Inc., which is in the process of being bought by a trio of private-equity firms operating as Attachmate Corp. The Justice Department said that in order to address antitrust concerns, CPTN -- a holding company owned by Microsoft Inc., Oracle Corp., Apple Inc. and EMC Corp. -- revised its agreements to buy the patents in several ways.