/// Key Witness No Longer Works At Apple, Doesn’t Want to Testify at Samsung Trial

July 30, 2012  |  All Things Digital

Shin Nishibori, the Apple designer whose Sony-infused iPhone designs have become a central issue in the Samsung patent case, apparently has no plans to testify in the upcoming trial. In a letter to the court on Sunday, a lawyer representing Nishibori said that his client has no plans to appear at the trial, which begins Monday in San Jose. The lawyer said Nishibori no longer works at Apple and is in Hawaii “trying to recover from several health issues.” Nishibori’s LinkedIn page has also been updated to reflect the fact he no longer works at Apple. Apple is listed among Nishibori’s past employers, with his resume reflecting the fact he left Apple sometime this month, following a 10 year career there. It was Nishibori who created a series of designs in 2006 that show what a Sony-like iPhone might look like, allegedly at the direction of Apple design chief Jony Ive. Samsung has argued that Nishibori’s designs show that Sony influenced the iPhone design that Samsung is accused of copying. Apple has both denied the charge and argued the designs should be inadmissible , while Samsung has been seeking the court to allow them. Both sides have continued to file briefs on the issue, with the latest round being filed on Sunday. Nishibori has been listed as among the witnesses Samsung is seeking to call. It’s not the first time that Samsung has struggled to get a hold of Nishibori. The company has argued in court papers that Apple would not make Nishibori available for months, noting he was on a leave of absence

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Key Witness No Longer Works At Apple, Doesn’t Want to Testify at Samsung Trial

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