I hope this doesn't settle out of court. I don't think B&N wants to have their Nook reader torn away from them without a fight. I don't know how deep Foxconn or Inventecs' pockets are, so the only listed company who might want to settle rather than go to court would probably be Microsoft.
Of course, the settlement with B&N may be to pay a minimal fee to MS for each Nook reader sold and then MS can say that they "won" the battle.
I hope B&N can get Google to come on too. Let's settle this patent problem once and for all.
If not, it'll draw attention to the fact that patents are not for the "small inventor" anymore...