The name Cirque didn't register last night. A subsidiary of ALPS. Synaptics and Alps have been the two competitors in the capacitive field for years. Laptops that don't have Synaptics touchpads have Alps.
I think that we have seen that the arena is big enough for two companies to grow and prosper. That they are agreeing on licensing quibbles means that both companies save of expensive litigation -- smart management.
Sometimes it is better to split the baby rather than fight until it is dead.