Unix System Laboratories

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Unix System Laboratories (USL) was originally organized as part of Bell Labs in 1989. USL joined with the UNIX Software Operation, also a Bell Laboratories division, in 1990. It assumed responsibility for Unix development and licensing activities. It then became a separate wholly owned subsidiary, formed, owned, and operated by AT&T Corporation, the parent company of Bell Labs. Its CEO was Roel Pieper.

Unix System Laboratories was the plaintiff in the USL v. BSDi lawsuit initiated in 1992 against Berkeley Software Design, Inc and the Regents of the University of California over copyrights and trademarks related to Unix. USL asked the court for a preliminary injunction that would bar BSDi and UC Berkeley from distributing their Net/2 OS release until the case was concluded. USL v. BSDi was settled out of court in 1993 after the judge expressed doubt as to the validity of USL's claims.

In December 1992, Novell announced its intent to purchase USL and all of its Unix assets, including all copyrights, trademarks, and licensing contracts.[1] The deal was finalized in June 1993.[2]

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  1. ^ Staff and wire reports (1992-12-22). "Novell to Buy Unix System Laboratories". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2017-01-12. 
  2. ^ "Novell completes acquisition of UNIX System Laboratories from AT&T" (Press release). Business Wire. 1993-06-14. Retrieved 2017-01-13.