"We are now preparing for negotiations," Proview's lawyer, Xie Xianghui, told AFP. "The court cases will continue until we reach an agreement."Apple has been ramping up its efforts in the dispute, just yesterday sending a warning letter to Proview outlining numerous false public statements made by the company and threatening to sue Proview for defamation. Apple had previously won a court case in Hong Kong in which a judge ruled that several Proview subsidiaries had colluded in order to breach an agreement to transfer the trademark rights to Apple and then attempt to extort million (and now billions) of dollars from Apple.
He declined to give further details, but he added Apple had told Proview it had "peaceful intentions".
Apple did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Analysts expect the companies will reach an out-of-court settlement.
Apple's next iPhone won't be until late 2016, but should come with a new design.