novell.jpgRemember the controversial San Francisco December auction of the batch of potentially important XML-related patents covering Commerce One’s technologies for Internet business transactions? Remember how a secretive group named “JGR Acquisition” rushed in behind a black cloak, won with a $15.5 million bid, and rushed out again, leaving no trace of who was behind it?

Turns out, the acquirer is Novell, as the NYT reports here.

Commerce One, the once high-flying Silicon Valley software company, had helped come up with ways for businesses to conduct automatic, business-to-business dealings over the Internet like paying vendors or finding business partners. It helped craft some standard computer languages like XML, so companies with different computer systems could still conduct transactions automatically.