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March 24, 1994 | MARTHA GROVES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Novell Inc.'s plan to buy WordPerfect Corp. sets up a dogfight with Microsoft Corp. that could leave all sides battered. The question is whether Novell will survive the struggle. "Both companies have no illusions," said Jeffrey Tarter, publisher of Softletter, a software trade publication in Watertown, Mass. "There's going to be a winner and a loser or, like World War I, years of trench warfare where everybody gets beat up over a few yards of territory."
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BUSINESS
March 22, 1994 | MARTHA GROVES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In keeping with the software industry's urge to merge, heavyweight Novell Inc. agreed Monday to buy WordPerfect Corp., its Utah neighbor and longtime ally, for $1.4 billion in stock and options. The union would create a formidable software industry competitor combining the world leader in the booming personal computer networking business with the dominant force in word processing.
BUSINESS
February 14, 1994 | MARTHA GROVES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
U.S. patent No. 4,714,989--issued to engineer Roger Billings in 1987 for his "Functionally Structured Distributed Data Processing System"--might not sound like the stuff of a high-stakes court drama. But Billings, 46, a colorful inventor from Independence, Mo., contends that the patent makes him the owner of a prized office computing technologythat should be making him rich but isn't. In an effort to remedy that, he has taken software powerhouse Novell Inc.
BUSINESS
October 4, 1990
Novell Inc. announced it has acquired the remaining 40% of Toronto-based Indisy Software Inc., a connectivity and electronic messaging software company. Novell has held a 60% interest in Indisy Software since July, 1988. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Indisy president A. L. Frank will continue to work with Novell for the immediate future as a sales and marketing consultant, said Kanwal Rekhi, Novell executive vice president of product development.
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