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Samsung plans to depose Jony Ive, other Apple designers

updated 11:20 am EDT, Wed November 2, 2011

Patent case brings key Apple figure to spotlight

As a part of its patent infringement countersuit against Apple, Samsung is planning to take depositions from several key Apple designers by December 1st, says Edible Apple. The most prominent person on the list is Apple's senior VP of industrial design, Jonathan Ive. Ive is credited with much of the look and feel of Apple products, and may now wield even more influence in the absence of Steve Jobs, who was infamous for micromanaging details during his tenure as CEO.

Another important name on the deposition list is Doug Satzger, who worked at Apple for 12 years, up until 2008. On his LinkedIn profile he notes that he "managed and directed all creative aspect of color materials and finishes for product from the first iMac to the latest iPhone, iPods, iPad and MacBooks." He left for Palm in March 2009.

Shin Nishibori is identified as an industrial designer at Apple. He is notably credited with large number of design patents, including ones for the iPod nano, MacBook Air, iPhone 4, and Apple retail packaging. The last name on the list is Christopher Stringer, who like Nishibori is another Apple designer and linked to a host of the company's patents.

The depositions are related to the legal war between Apple and Samsung, which began when Apple started accusing Samsung phones and tablets of copying the look of the iPhone and iPad. Samsung has fired back with its own countersuits, but Apple has so far scored the most short-term victories, for instance securing injunctions on products in some regions. The depositions were originally scheduled to take place by November 1st, but had to be delayed since none of the subjects were available.

by MacNN Staff



  1. dliup

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Samsung seems to be running out of ideas. How would an industrial designer known anything about anything that relates to FRAND patents?

  1. Bobfozz

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Hope this bites Samsung

    Desperation usually breeds this kind of action. Right now in a backroom Samsung is wondering how much they will have to pay.

  1. Lifeisabeach

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Straws are for sipping, not grasping

    This is utterly comical. I suspect that getting a deposition from Ives and the rest of that team will just make things worse for Samsung.

  1. chefpastry

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Hate Samsung

    I'm really hating Samsung more and more with each passing day.

  1. andrewbw

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I can always tell...

    How few people who read MacNN actually work at any level of business beyond the ground floor. I've been deposed four times over the course of my career related to lawsuits between corporations. It's utterly common at the executive level, and MacNN's complete lack of understanding of this is reflected in the story as written. I get that MacNN is trolling for page hits by positing every little irrelevant detail about the legal maneuvering between the two companies, but it's akin to posting an article indicating "Samsung has hired someone who formerly worked for an Apple contractor." It's an irrelevant detail, and one starts to wonder how much real thought goes into any of the stories posted here.

  1. facebook_Pete

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    @andrewbw..... *yawns* You b**** and whine so much yet you read these articles. If ya don't like it, shoo! Otherwise STFU! :)

  1. Zanziboy

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Samsung off my shopping list

    Samsung is so greedy, they are completely clueless about their design and technology fraud. They may get away with relentlessly copying the designs of their Korean competitors, but the global market is not Korea. In the larger marketplace, you cannot get away with copying the intellectual property of other companies without suffering retribution.

    This whole episode with Apple has convinced me not to buy any Samsung-branded products.

  1. Fonejacker

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Jony Ive might say......

    Samsung lawyer: "Mr Ive what do you do at Apple". Jony Ive: " I design innovative products, innovate new processes, and patent those designs and processes, I have over 400 patents in my name, and I win design awards, may be Samsung should try it some time."

    I get the feeling the Samsung lawyers are about to shoot themselves in the foot, big time. Case over pay up Samsung, but Apple is not interested in the money, but a nice big fine should do. Samsung should try innovating for a change.

  1. facebook_Pete

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    Either this message board is being manipulated to favor andrew deliberately while dibilating the reviews of others is plain childish.

  1. qazwart

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Old legal saying...

    If the facts are on your side, you pound on the facts. If the law is on your side, you pound on the law. If neither the facts nor the law are on your side, you pound on the table.

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