As Blackstone, Carl Icahn, and Silver Lake mull how much they're willing to pay for Dell (DELL),...

|About: Dell Inc. (DELL)|By:, SA News Editor

As Blackstone, Carl Icahn, and Silver Lake mull how much they're willing to pay for Dell (DELL), the company's sizable patent portfolio might be influencing their decisions. Dell has 3,449 patents and 1,660 applications, and corporate IP analysis firm M•CAM estimates 47% of the portfolio has commercial value. Given the price tags attached to recent patent sales (I, II), the portfolio could fetch a hefty sum ... depending on how much IP Dell feels the need to keep for business purposes. (more on Dell)