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RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. – Now that a federal appeals court has ordered the SCO vs. Novell case over the intellectual property rights to Unix to go to jury trial, what happens next?

SCO, now in bankruptcy, since a court-appointed administrator was put in charge of the company the day after the appeals court decision, writes Stephen Vaughan-Nichols at ComputerWorld.

A federal judge had ruled earlier in Novell’s favor, but the appeals court said he had overstepped his bounds.

The final outcome of the SCO-Novell case could spill over into other suits involving IBM, Linux, Red Hat and others.

For more information about the case, also check out the , which contains a wealth of information about Unix, Linux and open source.

Groklaw published a filing from SCO about who controls the company now, a portion of which reads as follows:

“On August 25, 2009, the Bankruptcy Court issued its order approving the appointment of Edward N. Cahn, Esquire, as Chapter 11 Trustee. Mr. Cahn is a former chief U.S. district judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. He has extensive experience in the area of complex litigation, including intellectual property. Mr. Cahn received an honorary doctorate from Lehigh University in 2002. He was a Tresolini Lecturer in Law at Lehigh University. Mr. Cahn holds degrees from Yale Law School and Lehigh University, where he graduated magna cum laude.

“Pursuant to the Bankruptcy Code, and subject to the supervision and approval of the Bankruptcy Court, the Chapter 11 Trustee will have authority over the Debtors’ assets and affairs and the future course of the Debtors’ litigation against Novell, IBM. et al.”