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This excerpt taken from the DELL 10-K filed Mar 18, 2010.
Patents, Trademarks, and Licenses
 
At January 29, 2010, we held a worldwide portfolio of 2,577 patents and had an additional 2,418 patent applications pending. We also hold licenses to use numerous third-party patents. To replace expiring patents, we obtain new patents through our ongoing research and development activities. The inventions claimed in our patents and patent applications cover aspects of our current and possible future computer system products, manufacturing processes, and related technologies. Our product, business method, and manufacturing process patents may establish barriers to entry in many product lines. While we use our patented inventions and also license them to others, we are not substantially dependent on any single patent or group of related patents. We have entered into a variety of intellectual property licensing and cross-licensing agreements. We have also entered into various software licensing agreements with other companies. We anticipate that our worldwide patent portfolio will be of value in negotiating intellectual property rights with others in the industry.
 
We have obtained U.S. federal trademark registration for the DELL word mark and the Dell logo mark. We own registrations for 81 of our other marks in the U.S. At January 29, 2010, we had pending applications for registration of 24 other trademarks. We believe that establishment of the DELL word mark and logo mark in the U.S. is material to our operations. We have also applied for or obtained registration of the DELL word mark and several other marks in approximately 195 other countries.


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From time to time, other companies and individuals assert exclusive patent, copyright, trademark, or other intellectual property rights to technologies or marks that are important to the technology industry or our business. We evaluate each claim relating to our products and, if appropriate, seek a license to use the protected technology. The licensing agreements generally do not require the licensor to assist us in duplicating its patented technology, nor do these agreements protect us from trade secret, copyright, or other violations by us or our suppliers in developing or selling these products.
 
These excerpts taken from the DELL 10-K filed Mar 26, 2009.
Patents, Trademarks, and Licenses
 
As of January 30, 2009, we held a worldwide portfolio of 2,253 patents and had an additional 2,514 patent applications pending. We also hold licenses to use numerous third-party patents. To replace expiring patents, we obtain new patents through our ongoing research and


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development activities. The inventions claimed in our patents and patent applications cover aspects of our current and possible future computer system products, manufacturing processes, and related technologies. Our product, business method, and manufacturing process patents may establish barriers to entry in many product lines. While we use our patented inventions and also license them to others, we are not substantially dependent on any single patent or group of related patents. We have entered into a variety of intellectual property licensing and cross-licensing agreements. We have also entered into various software licensing agreements with other companies. We anticipate that our worldwide patent portfolio will be of value in negotiating intellectual property rights with others in the industry.
 
We have obtained U.S. federal trademark registration for the DELL word mark and the Dell logo mark. We own registrations for 71 of our other marks in the U.S. At January 30, 2009, we had pending applications for registration of 45 other trademarks. We believe that establishment of the DELL word mark and logo mark in the U.S. is material to our operations. We have also applied for or obtained registration of the DELL mark and several other marks in approximately 184 other countries.
 
From time to time, other companies and individuals assert exclusive patent, copyright, trademark, or other intellectual property rights to technologies or marks that are important to the technology industry or our business. We evaluate each claim relating to our products and, if appropriate, seek a license to use the protected technology. The licensing agreements generally do not require the licensor to assist us in duplicating its patented technology, nor do these agreements protect us from trade secret, copyright, or other violations by us or our suppliers in developing or selling these products.
 
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Trademarks, and Licenses



 



As of January 30, 2009, we held a worldwide portfolio of
2,253 patents and had an additional 2,514 patent applications
pending. We also hold licenses to use numerous third-party
patents. To replace expiring patents, we obtain new patents
through our ongoing research and





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development activities. The inventions claimed in our patents
and patent applications cover aspects of our current and
possible future computer system products, manufacturing
processes, and related technologies. Our product, business
method, and manufacturing process patents may establish barriers
to entry in many product lines. While we use our patented
inventions and also license them to others, we are not
substantially dependent on any single patent or group of related
patents. We have entered into a variety of intellectual property
licensing and cross-licensing agreements. We have also entered
into various software licensing agreements with other companies.
We anticipate that our worldwide patent portfolio will be of
value in negotiating intellectual property rights with others in
the industry.


 



We have obtained U.S. federal trademark registration for
the DELL word mark and the Dell logo mark. We own registrations
for 71 of our other marks in the U.S. At January 30,
2009, we had pending applications for registration of 45 other
trademarks. We believe that establishment of the DELL word mark
and logo mark in the U.S. is material to our operations. We
have also applied for or obtained registration of the DELL mark
and several other marks in approximately 184 other countries.


 



From time to time, other companies and individuals assert
exclusive patent, copyright, trademark, or other intellectual
property rights to technologies or marks that are important to
the technology industry or our business. We evaluate each claim
relating to our products and, if appropriate, seek a license to
use the protected technology. The licensing agreements generally
do not require the licensor to assist us in duplicating its
patented technology, nor do these agreements protect us from
trade secret, copyright, or other violations by us or our
suppliers in developing or selling these products.


 




These excerpts taken from the DELL 10-K filed Mar 31, 2008.
Patents, Trademarks, and Licenses
 
As of February 1, 2008, we held a worldwide portfolio of 1,954 patents and had an additional 2,196 patent applications pending. We also hold licenses to use numerous third party patents. To replace expiring patents, we obtain new patents through our ongoing research and development activities. The inventions claimed in our patents and patent applications cover aspects of our current and possible future computer system products, manufacturing processes, and related technologies. Our product, business method, and manufacturing process patents may establish barriers to entry in many product lines. While we use our patented inventions and also license them to others, we are not substantially dependent on any single patent or group of related patents. We have entered into a variety of intellectual property licensing and cross-licensing agreements. We have also entered into various software licensing agreements with other companies. We anticipate that our worldwide patent portfolio will be of value in negotiating intellectual property rights with others in the industry.
 
We have obtained U.S. federal trademark registration for the DELL word mark and the Dell logo mark. We own registrations for 66 of our other marks in the U.S. At February 1, 2008, we had pending applications for registration of 47 other trademarks. We believe that establishment of the DELL word mark and logo mark in the U.S. is material to our operations. We have also applied for or obtained registration of the DELL mark and several other marks in approximately 184 other countries.
 
We have entered into a variety of intellectual property licensing and cross-licensing agreements. We have also entered into various software licensing agreements with a variety of other companies.
 
From time to time, other companies and individuals assert exclusive patent, copyright, trademark, or other intellectual property rights to technologies or marks that are important to the technology industry or our business. We evaluate each claim relating to our products and, if appropriate, seek a license to use the protected technology. The licensing agreements generally do not require the licensor to assist us in duplicating its patented technology, nor do these agreements protect us from trade secret, copyright, or other violations by us or our suppliers in developing or selling these products.
 
Patents,
Trademarks, and Licenses



 



As of February 1, 2008, we held a worldwide portfolio of
1,954 patents and had an additional 2,196 patent applications
pending. We also hold licenses to use numerous third party
patents. To replace expiring patents, we obtain new patents
through our ongoing research and development activities. The
inventions claimed in our patents and patent applications cover
aspects of our current and possible future computer system
products, manufacturing processes, and related technologies. Our
product, business method, and manufacturing process patents may
establish barriers to entry in many product lines. While we use
our patented inventions and also license them to others, we are
not substantially dependent on any single patent or group of
related patents. We have entered into a variety of intellectual
property licensing and cross-licensing agreements. We have also
entered into various software licensing agreements with other
companies. We anticipate that our worldwide patent portfolio
will be of value in negotiating intellectual property rights
with others in the industry.


 



We have obtained U.S. federal trademark registration for
the DELL word mark and the Dell logo mark. We own registrations
for 66 of our other marks in the U.S. At February 1,
2008, we had pending applications for registration of 47 other
trademarks. We believe that establishment of the DELL word mark
and logo mark in the U.S. is material to our operations. We
have also applied for or obtained registration of the DELL mark
and several other marks in approximately 184 other countries.


 



We have entered into a variety of intellectual property
licensing and cross-licensing agreements. We have also entered
into various software licensing agreements with a variety of
other companies.


 



From time to time, other companies and individuals assert
exclusive patent, copyright, trademark, or other intellectual
property rights to technologies or marks that are important to
the technology industry or our business. We evaluate each claim
relating to our products and, if appropriate, seek a license to
use the protected technology. The licensing agreements generally
do not require the licensor to assist us in duplicating its
patented technology, nor do these agreements protect us from
trade secret, copyright, or other violations by us or our
suppliers in developing or selling these products.


 




This excerpt taken from the DELL 10-K filed Oct 30, 2007.
Patents, Trademarks, and Licenses
 
As of October 12, 2007, we held a worldwide portfolio of 1,890 patents and had an additional 2,001 patent applications pending. We also hold licenses to use numerous third party patents. To replace expiring patents, we obtain new patents through our ongoing research and development activities. The inventions claimed in our patents and patent applications cover aspects of our current and possible future computer system products, manufacturing processes, and related technologies. Our product, business method, and manufacturing process patents may establish barriers to entry in many product lines. While we use our patented inventions and also license them to others, we are not substantially dependent on any single patent or group of related patents. We have entered into a variety of intellectual property licensing and cross-licensing agreements. We have also entered into various software licensing agreements with other companies. We anticipate that our worldwide patent portfolio will be of value in negotiating intellectual property rights with others in the industry.
 
We have obtained U.S. federal trademark registration for the DELL word mark and the Dell logo mark. We own registrations for 56 of our other marks in the U.S. At October 12, 2007, we had pending applications for registration of 31 other trademarks. We believe that establishment of the DELL word mark and logo mark in the U.S. is material to our operations. We have also applied for or obtained registration of the DELL mark and several other marks in approximately 195 other countries.
 
We have entered into a variety of intellectual property licensing and cross-licensing agreements. We have also entered into various software licensing agreements with a variety of other companies.
 
From time to time, other companies and individuals assert exclusive patent, copyright, trademark, or other intellectual property rights to technologies or marks that are important to the technology industry or our business. We evaluate each claim relating to our products and, if appropriate, seek a license to use the protected technology. The licensing agreements generally do not require the licensor to assist us in duplicating its patented technology, nor do these agreements protect us from trade secret, copyright, or other violations by us or our suppliers in developing or selling these products.
 

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