Who owns rights to UNIX source code?
In a recent court case it was decided that Novell owns the right to the source code.
Currently, The Open Group owns the "Unix" trademark. No, Unix branded operating systems are proprietary and copyrighted. They are not free or open systems software. From its start until 1993, Unix distributions included all their source code. Programmers have made many free and open Unix-like operating systems, including Linux, NetBSD, FreeBSD, OpenBSD, Dragonfly BSD, Mach, OpenSolaris, etc.
Windows in an operating system developed by Microsoft, which owns the patents upon which Widows is based. Widows is the grand-product of DOS, developed by Mr. Gates. Unix is an operating system developed by AT&T and many other companies. Some parts are typewritten or patented, but the main kinds of Unix are open source.
You can begin by clarifying the situation as to who owns the source code. Next, you can identify and be able to prove who stole the code. Finally, you probably need to prove that the stolen code is employed in some way in an application that the owner of the source code does not benefit from. With those details, you can take your case to an intellectual property attorney and work with this expert to…