Steve Jobs still gets the most US patents

    Since his death in 2011, 141 patents have been issued to the former Apple CEO. This is much more than most inventors get for their lives. For example, one of the recently issued patents is for the design of Apple's glass cube on Fifth Avenue.

    Here is an illustration from the corresponding patent .

    Since Jobs was involved in the development of many Apple products, he was often included among the co-authors. About 300 patent applications with the name of Jobs are still in the process of filing with the US Patent Office. Moreover, new ones are still being served.

    In addition, Apple traditionally tries to patent absolutely all the nuances of its products, down to the smallest, Jobs himself encouraged such a practice, writesTechnology Review.

    Hundreds of Jobs patents include Apple’s entire history. The very first one was issued on April 12, 1983 for an invention that was simply called: “personal computer” (patent No. 268,584).

    Fans of Apple technology sometimes regretfully say that the company will not survive after Steve Jobs . The current executive director, Tim Cook, is a pragmatic logistics specialist who has optimized the supply of equipment from Chinese factories. His name is not in any patent.

    However, reality disproves the forecasts of pessimists. In the last three years, the company continued to develop new products (watches, payment system), and its financial indicators are growing, as before. Under Cook, Apple's annual revenue more than doubled to $ 182 billion.

    On the other hand, too little time has passed. Perhaps Apple is still moving by inertia, largely using the achievements of previous years and the course in which it was directed by the founding father. The fact that Steve Jobs is still the main inventor in the world in the number of patents granted can serve as confirmation of this fact.

    Although Jobs was posthumously inducted into the US National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2012, some experts do not consider his invention (as the appearance of the iPhone) something outstanding, but only a small technical improvement. In addition, he was often included among co-authors for completely insignificant useful comments, as was the case with the QuickTime interface and the iPod player created by Tim Vasco.

    Interestingly, the name of Steve Jobs among the co-authors of the patent is sometimes used even in lawsuits. So, in the 2012 trial against Motorola, a Chicago judge specifically appealed to Apple's lawyers to stop calling the key patent for swipe and scrolling on the touchscreen “Steve Jobs patent”. According to the judge, lawyers tried to exploit the name of the popularly beloved founder of Apple, while he was only one of 25 co-authors.

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