I've heard some rumblings and grumblings that Barclays may have encouraged a delay in the process for the benefit of a few clients. I was a bit surprised to hear this, but it may have some validitiy when considering who is getting paid and how much money is at stake. The recent addition of weekly options may be tied to this, but there's no way to be sure. Just another one of those crazy rumors that make you think for just a minute that this is not a game for the meek.
The delay has certainly helped those who want to build a position in IDCC to do so for a much better price.