Steve Jobs Has 141 Patents —Since Dying

His name keeps coming up on new inventions
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 1, 2014 4:36 PM CST
Steve Jobs Has 141 Patents —Since Dying
In this Jan. 24, 1984, photo, Steve Jobs leans on the new "Macintosh" personal computer in Cupertino, Calif.   (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)

The MIT Technology Review unearths a stat that it thinks is a pretty good indicator of Steve Jobs' legacy: The Apple founder has received 141 patents since his death in 2011. An example of one of these post-death patents is the glass-cube design outside the Apple Store in Manhattan. The volume largely can be chalked up to two things, explains the Review: Apple is aggressive about patenting even the smallest of inventions, and Jobs' name appears even if he played a small collaborative role—offering feedback to designers, for instance. His name is on 458 patents so far, including one in 1983 for something called the "personal computer." Expect that number to keep growing. (More Steve Jobs stories.)

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