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Samsung COO invited to Apple's Steve Jobs memorial

updated 11:40 am EDT, Sun October 16, 2011

Samsung's Lee Jae-Yong visits in respect for Jobs

Samsung's COO and president Lee Jae-yong is attending Apple's private Steve Jobs memorial at Stanford on Sunday, an insider claimed the same day. The executive, Reuters heard, would go beyond the official condolences to pay his personal respects after receiving an invitation from Apple. It's unclear if his father, Samsung's chairman Lee Kun-hee, was invited and planned to go.

Lee Jae-yong might also visit CEO Tim Cook to talk cooperation, the media said outside of the possible slip. The source didn't confirm or deny the discussion, although it would reportedly center on "bilateral cooperation."

It's not apparent whether or not this might involve a possible legal truce. Samsung has been seeing a string of losses in court, including a denied Dutch injunction, a hostile US court opinion on its infringement, and an upheld Australian ban on the Galaxy Tab 10.1. Samsung has been basing a large number of its countering lawsuits and counterclaims on 3G patents but may not have a case as the Dutch court argued that they were standards patents and couldn't be abused.

Lee's tribute may come independently of any negotiation. While Apple and Samsung have been increasingly portrayed as bitter enemies, the two have often been regular collaborators. Apple is still one of Samsung's largest customers for chips. Although Apple might be moving away to avoid depending too heavily on a company it's currently suing, Samsung may be eager to respect Apple's cooperation and possibly to win back some business.

by MacNN Staff



  1. facebook_Fred

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    Just watch...

    Samsung will start having virtually identical memorial services for its executives when they pass on.

  1. Glasspusher

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Korean business practices

    Sadly, it seems that's the culture in Korean businesses. I've had Koreans tell me to watch out in dealings with Korean companies- watch your back, don't show them too much, they'll take all the IP they can get. I know of a couple of startups who have gotten burned by their relationships with Korean businessmen. Different ballgame over there.

  1. chefpastry

    Joined: Dec 1969


    What happened to comments?

    When I last checked, there were more than just two comments where have they gone?

  1. Grendelmon

    Joined: Dec 1969


    What is the point of this article?

    Is this the Mac TMZ now?

  1. shawnde

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I doubt ...

    Apple would rely on Samsung for long .... I think they see the writing on the wall; Samsung is not going to drop the smartphone business, and they're very much reliant on Android, which itself is a total rip-off of iOS, so they figure they might as well rip off the iPhone in terms of hardware design as well.

    I think we'll see Apple move to suppliers who're neutral in terms of devices; i.e. they don't make any devices themselves. So that'd be TSMC, Qualcomm and Intel. The problem with relying on people like Samsung and LG, is that you always run the risk of them running away with your design.

    I think we'll see Apple also moving their display business somewhere else as well.

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