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Inventor Extraordinaire: Steve Jobs 1955-2011

By Wendy Marsh

Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple Inc., died yesterday of pancreatic cancer at the age of 56.  Jobs' technological and marketing expertise is legendary, but he will also be remembered as a remarkable and prolific inventor, who is already being compared to the likes of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford, not only in terms of sheer number of issued patents, but more important, in terms of their effect on technological innovation.  Comparatively, only nine Microsoft patents carry the name of Apple's other co-founder, Bill Gates.

Steve Jobs is listed as an inventor or co-inventor of 317 Apple patents, which range in technology from the company's iconic devices, such as the iPod and iPhone, to the company's glass staircases featured in many Apple stores.  The New York Times today published a detailed summary of Mr. Jobs' numerous patents, the link to which is below:

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2011/08/24/technology/steve-jobs-patents.html

The Jobs' patents include both utility and design patents, which may be broadly categorized as Desktop Computers, iPods, iOS Based Devices, Laptops, Packaging, Keyboards and Mice, Monitors, Macintosh Operating Systems, NeXT, Display Devices, Apple TV, and miscellaneous patents on various items such as power adapters, adapter plugs, device holders and, of course, the glass staircase.  Long after the patents on these inventions expire, Mr. Jobs' impact on the way people interact with technology will be felt for many years to come.



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