The World Changing Patents of Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs, the late CEO of Apple has been heralded as a genius and with more than 300 patents to his name. Many of those are design patents for the iconic products used in society today.

On Friday, a new exhibition titled The Patents and Trademarks of Steve Jobs: Art and Technology that Changed the World opened at the Smithsonian’s Ripley Center in Washington, D.C. This exhibition will allow people to understand the impact Steve Jobs’ innovation has had on their daily lives.

Many people when they think of patents, they think about inventions such as the light bulb or the telephone, they don’t think of design. Steve Jobs on the other hand, did.

In 2002, the iMac was released. This product featured a unique design patented by Steve Jobs and industrial designer Jony Ive. This design is, according to Jobs’ biographer, Walter Isaacson, the result of one of the “greatest design collaborations of our era.”

The patent on the design of the iMac was just one of many design patents Jobs held. Some of those even include the packaging for many Apple products, such as the iPod. For Jobs, it was important that a product be given the impression of beauty from the moment people lay eyes on the box alone. Isaacson says, “He was great at design patents. He understood that design matters and that beauty matter.”

While many companies will file design and product patents, they do so primarily to keep their property safe. According to Isaacson, Jobs had different motives: to promote not only the value of function, but that of design as well

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