March 22, 1994 |
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.
February 14, 1994 |
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.