In what seems to be an unusual move these days, lawyers for Apple and THX are working to resolve a patent lawsuit between the two WITHOUT having to take the matter to court.
The dispute in question stems from THX’s decision to sue Apple in March of this year over infringement on U.S. Patent No. 7,433,483. While the suit is scheduled to begin the case-management process on June 14, Bloomberg reports that attorneys for the two companies have filed a request to postpone that hearing until June 26.
“The parties are currently attempting to resolve this matter outside of this litigation,” the filing explains.
THX claims infringement of their patent for “narrow profile speaker configurations and systems,” which the company secured in 2008. THX says the Apple’s iPhone and iPad products, as well as some iMac models, infringe on the patent.
THX claims the standard “monetary damage and irreparable harm,” and has sought a court order to put an end to the infringement and secure reasonable royalties and damages to compensate them for lost profit.