NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Google ( GOOG - Get Report) purchased more than 1,000 patents from IBM ( IBM) in July, according to reports. The deal came soon after Google lost a bidding war against Apple ( AAPL - Get Report) and Microsoft ( MSFT) for 6,000 patent filings from Nortel.

As the smartphone share war heats up, Google is seeking to buy patents to protect itself against other tech companies, say analysts.

In other Google news, the company announced last week it was launching a tool for hotel search called Hotel Finder, which will compete with existing players like Kayak and Expedia ( EXPE). The new service comes as the search giant is facing scrutiny for potential anti-trust violations.

Shares of Google rose 1.3% to $611.31 in pre-market trading Monday.

Apple will release its new iPhone 5 in October, not September as previously thought, according to AllThingsDigital. The next-generation phone will have a faster processor and better camera than its predecessor, according to reports.

Shares of Apple jumped 1.6% to $396.58.

Groupon said on Friday it will begin partnering with location-based services company Foursquare so users can score local deals when checking into places like restaurants and bars. In July, Foursquare also announced plans to team up with other deals companies like LivingSocial and BuyWithMe.

Interactive programing guide company Rovi ( ROVI) is suing Hulu, claiming the streaming video company is using its technology for electronic programming guides. Rovi provides back end technology for Blockbuster's On Demand service and Best Buy's ( BBY) CinemaNow.

--Written by Olivia Oran in New York.

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