Apple Loses Another Round With The USPTO

Apple has lost another round with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) late yesterday. The Office ruled in against Apple regarding the a patent which covers an iPhone or iPad’s ability to tell if the user is using one or more fingers in a gesture on the screen. This does not mean Apple loses it, but they will have to submit an answer to defend why they should keep it. Samsung has notified Judge Koh of the USPTO’s rejection as the patent was used in the ongoing Apple v Samsung case. – GigaOM

Google/Apple Group Submits Kodak Patent Offer

Intellectual Ventures Management LLC is leading an effort of Google, Apple and other technology firms to acquire digital imaging patents from Kodak. The group, besides Apple and Google, includes; Facebook Inc. (FB), Inc. (AMZN) and Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) also are part of the group, the court filing shows, along with Samsung Electronics Co., Adobe Systems Inc. (ADBE), Fujifilm Holdings Corp. (4901), Huawei Technologies Co., HTC Corp. (2498) and Shutterfly Inc. (SFLY). The $525 million offer has to be approved by the bankruptcy court before becoming final and then the consortium will license the patents to it members. – Bloomberg