Key witness in Apple-Samsung trial leaves Apple, doesn't want to testify
In a letter to the court dated Sunday, Nishibori's attorney said his client no longer is employed by Apple and is in Hawaii trying to recover from a health issue. The Industrial Designer has also updated his LinkedIn page to account for his leaving Apple. The Cupertino based firm is listed among Nishibori's past employers and shows him leaving the company this month after a ten year career at the tech titan.
Samsung claims that Nishibori's drawings show that Apple was influenced by Sony when making the Apple iPhone designs that Samsung is accused of copying with its Galaxy line of handsets and tablets. Nishibori has been listed on Samsung's witness list and in the past the Korean manufacturer has had some trouble finding him. In a previous filing with the court, Samsung said that Apple refused to make the Industrial Designer available claiming that he was on a leave of absence. After showing the court some tweets made by Nishibori relating to world travel and running 10K races, the Korean based manufacturer took his deposition this past May.