Samsung President Invited to Steve Job’s Memorial Service

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Samsung Electronics President Lee Jae-yong left for the U.S. to attend a memorial service for Apple cofounder Steve Jobs that was scheduled for 10:30 a.m. on Monday (KST).

As Apple CEO Tim Cook reportedly invited Lee to the private service, attention is being paid to how it will affect the patent battle being waged between the two firms in 10 countries. The service will be held at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California.

Lee said his relationship with Jobs, who passed away on Oct. 5 at age 56 after a long fight with pancreatic cancer, was complicated.

“Steve Jobs was a bit hot-tempered and picky, so he would often complain on the phone for an hour or so whenever he had a dispute. We were competitors, but we also grew fond of each other to the point where he would be the first to call and console me whenever I was encountering difficulties,” Lee told the press at Gimpo Airport on Sunday evening.


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