You should work with a patent attorney, but if you want to start with some further DIY research, take a look yourself at any records in the Patent Office proceedings for these two applications you are concerned about. It's not the most obvious system, but you would look up the applications on something called Public Pair, here: http://portal.uspto.gov/pair/PublicPair.
From there you can see if the patent applications have been examined yet, whether they have been rejected, abandoned, issued, etc. Click on the tab called "Image File Wrapper" and you can see everything that the patent office or the applicant has filed in the matter. You never know, maybe the applications have been rejected or abandoned, or perhaps the applicants have amended the claims in a way that they are no longer of concern.