It looks like the legal system might be starting to get sick of all these lawsuits for IP and trademarks as of late because another round of settlement talks has just been ordered. The United States District for the District of Delaware has issued orders for Apple and HTC to sit down for some friendly conversation and settlement talks instead of drawing this out like a bad divorce.

If this sounds familiar it is because a very similar situation has also been put in place for the Apple vs Samsung situation. Apple and Samsung CEO’s (and judges and lawyers) are set to do something similar later this year too. According to the popular Foss Patents HTC and Apple will try to settle their differences and come to some agreements this August.

It isn’t know if they’ll be sending CEO’s like the Samsung sit down, but for now we can assume it will. The representatives will need to have some pretty high authority to make choices based on the company. The only concern I see here is the fact that the HTC One X and EVO 4G LTE have been delayed due to this situation, although HTC has worked around the IP they’ve infringed on. Could this mean those devices might get halted here in the US until late August after these meetings?

Most likely HTC will work their hardest to get their phones in the public as soon as possible, but this meeting could very well change their fate. The sit down is scheduled for August 28th and surely we’ll be hearing plenty more about this before, and after the date. Stay tuned for more details.

[via The Verge]

  • Patricknjn62

    Does this mean those of us who preordered the EVO 4G LTE will be waiting until the end of August, at least, to get our phones?

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  • Brad

    The article says, “HTC has worked around the IP they’ve infringed on.”  This is not true. I am one of probably hundreds of thousands of customers in the US that has been affected by this.  HTC released an ‘update’ about a week ago.  What this update actually did, was handicap the phone’s ability.  The ‘work around’ made it possible to have a couple things work as they should, but the vast majority of things still do not.  The phone no longer is able to work with itself, and open any link, anywhere, in anything but the browser.  Any app that is installed on the phone is not able to be opened by clicking on a link that previously worked in this manner.  One of the most prominent I’m sure being YouTube.  This affects a vast array of activities on the phone, and makes it much more difficult to perform what used to be the simplest of tasks.
    I am disappointed in the way HTC took away features of the phone, which was part of the reason it was purchased in the first place.  It should have never come to that, and should have been handled without punishing their customers.

    • You’re obviously ill-informed and don’t know anything about this situation. HTC had to remove it – THAT was the aoftware that Apple patented. Furthermore there’s a simple mod you can make to undo the changes. which is the power of having a HTC as opposed to an iPhone – EVERYTHING is in your control.