I just today discovered James Gosling's incredible novellblog.com. That place is packed with content that really has some meat on its bones for a change. What a gem.

The one thing that caught my eye there was the article linked from the the-source.com discussing what patents may have been sold to Microsoft.

What Patents is Novell Selling? The-Source.com

The speculation by this author? All of them!

Now I'm curious first if I'm reading this correctly, and second how that affects existing product lines if at all. Is there no relation between Novell's (former?) patent collection and it's product lines? There can't be can there if they are all truly sold? I must admit that I am just confused by this. What were these patents anyway if they weren't related to product lines?