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  • Must See Interactive Article of Steve Jobs' 313 Patents



    Steve Jobs has 313 Apple patents to his name, and the New York Times has put together an incredible interactive story highlighting all of them.

    The NYT article categorizes Jobs' patents into 12 different categories ranging from OS X patents, to keyboards and mice. Two of the most interesting non computer based patents are Jobs' patents for the minimalist packaging of iPods and iPhones we've come to expect, and two separate patents for staircases. Yes, that is right, Steve Jobs has patents for the glass staircases that have become a hallmark in so many Apple stores.

    The usual patents describing iOS, iPhones, iPods, laptops, desktops, and others are all there. Jobs isn't the main inventor in most of the patents, but he is mentioned, and gives us an idea how involved Jobs was in the development process. It seems some of the most important, and unimportant, patents filed by Apple in the last 15 years all had Sir Jobs input and blessing.

    Source: NYT
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Must See Interactive Article of Steve Jobs' 313 Patents started by Phillip Swanson View original post
    Comments 15 Comments
    1. dylans88keys's Avatar
      dylans88keys -
      soooo he patented a staircase for what reason?
    1. chaingang54's Avatar
      chaingang54 -
      Quote Originally Posted by dylans88keys View Post
      soooo he patented a staircase for what reason?
      For Apple stores.
    1. randelljack's Avatar
      randelljack -
      Sir Steve is just Patent Happy, that's all.
    1. RICO_'s Avatar
      RICO_ -
      "Sir Jobs"??

      He was denied knighthood. "Steve Jobs" will be sufficient.

      And how is this a must see?
    1. Striknine's Avatar
      Striknine -
      Quote Originally Posted by randelljack View Post
      Sir Steve is just Patent Happy, that's all.
      When steve is gone he will be remembered for his innovation. That is innovation for profit not the good of mankind. Don't get me wrong patenting your ideas is a smart thing to do, but c'mon he went overboard and greed took a hold of his soul.
    1. Poseidon79's Avatar
      Poseidon79 -
      It's not patent happy.. it's just being a smart business person and protecting your intellectual property.
    1. Shady6's Avatar
      Shady6 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Poseidon79 View Post
      It's not patent happy.. it's just being a smart business person and protecting your intellectual property.
      Thank god for people who get this
    1. exNavy's Avatar
      exNavy -
      Quote Originally Posted by Shady6 View Post
      Thank god for people who get this
      I think it's absurd that patents are granted for packaging and a staircase. Who cares? Fluff like this shouldn't be wasting anyone's time at the patent office. Certifying real inventions should take up their time.
    1. CrAzYiaN's Avatar
      CrAzYiaN -
      Quote Originally Posted by exNavy View Post
      I think it's absurd that patents are granted for packaging and a staircase. Who cares? Fluff like this shouldn't be wasting anyone's time at the patent office. Certifying real inventions should take up their time.
      so your telling me you wouldn't want to protect what's rightfully yours?
    1. smoothcreak's Avatar
      smoothcreak -
      Quote Originally Posted by dylans88keys View Post
      soooo he patented a staircase for what reason?
      READ this article if you don't understand.

      http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/26/te...to-design.html
    1. Shady6's Avatar
      Shady6 -
      Quote Originally Posted by exNavy View Post
      I think it's absurd that patents are granted for packaging and a staircase. Who cares? Fluff like this shouldn't be wasting anyone's time at the patent office. Certifying real inventions should take up their time.
      Ok, then design something and Ill find a way to make money off it without you having any recourse.
    1. Bren610's Avatar
      Bren610 -
      ^ well put.
    1. fmbar00's Avatar
      fmbar00 -
      He wants to sue everybody who make staircase huahuah
    1. edoutmax's Avatar
      edoutmax -
      Quote Originally Posted by Striknine View Post
      When steve is gone he will be remembered for his innovation. That is innovation for profit not the good of mankind. Don't get me wrong patenting your ideas is a smart thing to do, but c'mon he went overboard and greed took a hold of his soul.
      +1
    1. iliveudie's Avatar
      iliveudie -
      Patenting "minimalist packaging" is completely bull sh*t.