October 16, 2011 / 4:40 AM / 8 years ago

Samsung heir apparent invited to Jobs memorial: source

SEOUL (Reuters) - The president and chief operating officer of Samsung Electronics, Lee Jae-yong, has been invited to Apple Inc’s private memorial service for Steve on Sunday, a source with the knowledge of the matter told Reuters on Sunday.

Apple and Samsung are engaged in a bruising legal battle as the two jostle for the top spot in the smartphone and tablet markets. Apple is also Samsung’s biggest customer, buying mainly chips and displays.

“Apple plans to hold an invitation-only memorial service for Jobs apart from an employee event. Samsung’s president Lee Jae-yong plans to attend the service to offer condolence to Jobs,” the source said.

Lee is the only son of an heir apparent to Samsung chairman Lee Kun-hee.

Media reported that Lee would have a separate meeting with Apple CEO Tim Cook after the memorial service and discuss bilateral cooperation, but the source did not confirm the report.

Apple Inc co-founder and technology visionary Steve Jobs will be memorialized at a private service at Stanford University on Sunday, a source with knowledge of the event told Reuters on Friday.

A Dutch court on Friday turned down Samsung’s request for an injunction against all of Apple’s mobile products that use 3G telecommunications technology, denying it revenge over a similar move by Apple.

Reporting by Hyunjoo Jin; Editing by Nick Macfie

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