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Influence: The Many Patents of Steve Jobs

Thursday 10.06.2011 , Posted by
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If you’ve ever wondered just how influential the late Steve Jobs was in guiding Apple Inc, look no further than his credit on 317 patents relating to everything from the iPad to the supports for glass stairs at many Apple stores. It seems the iconic CEO had his sharp mind working on just about every aspect of the company, putting a personal touch on many of the world changing products over the past 30 years. Only time will tell how the company performs without its forward thinking and much loved star player. For more of his many patents, see the New York Times.

Above: Ornamental design resembling the first Macintosh. Filed October 13th, 1983.

Below: Ornamental design resembling the first iMac. Filed May 6th, 1998.

Ornamental design resembling an Apple power adapter. Filed Oct 7th, 2001.

Ornamental design resembling the first generation iPod. filed October 27th, 2001.

Ornamental design for an Apple store glass stairway. Filed July 15th, 2002

Ornamental design resembling the MacBook Pro. Filed January 5th, 2006.

Ornamental design resembling the first generation iPhone. filed January 5th, 2007.

iPod Packaging design. Filed September 5th, 2007.

Ornamental design predating Apple’s Magic Mouse. Filed April 30th, 2008.

Ornamental design resembling the iPod Shuffle. Filed Sept 8th, 2009.

Ornamental design resembling the iPad. Filed January 6th, 2010.

Via: nytimes.com

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