Apple, THX working to settle speaker patent spat

The two technology companies say they're attempting to settle the matter out of court before the case moves to trial.

No, that's not an owl. USPTO

Apple and the George Lucas-founded audio-and-visual tech firm THX are attempting to settle a patent spat between the two companies, recently filed court documents revealed.

A legal filing late Tuesday noted that the two companies were "currently attempting to resolve this matter outside of this ligitation," Bloomberg reports.

THX filed its suit against Apple in March , accusing Apple of infringing on a patent covering sound direction from small speakers. In its complaint, THX said Apple's iPhone 4, along with iPads and iMac computers, were using that technology without a license, and were causing the company "monetary damage and irreparable harm."

Today's disclosure came inside a note asking to postpone a case management conference on the matter. That meeting was originally scheduled for next week, though Apple and THX are now asking to delay into late July.

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