The Hidden Value of Dell: 3,449 Patents and Other Intellectual Property

Visitors try out the latest laptop computers at the Dell stand at the 2013 CeBIT technology trade fair on March 5, 2013 in Hanover, Germany Photograph by Sean Gallup/Getty Images

So Dell isn’t going so quietly into a one-bid buyout. News this morning that rival bidders Blackstone Group and Carl Icahn got potentially superior offers to Dell’s special board committee set the PC maker’s shares popping.

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