The U.S. Patent Office displays an iPhone shaped exhibit in honor of Steve Jobs. The world renowned visionary, inventor, businessman and marketer with and impressive number of patents bearing his name will be honored for two months at the aid of the appropriate exhibit.
Jobs has his name related as inventor or co-inventor of over 300 Apple patents. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office decided to honor his legacy by hosting an exhibition entitled “The Patents and Trademarks of Steve Jobs: Art and Technology that Changed the World” in the National Inventors Hall of Fame and Museum. The exhibit was designed by the nonprofit Invent Now following a very easily recognizable pattern. Thirty big seize iPhones are placed screen to screen in a line following a rectangular shape, like a military salute signed Jonathan Ive.
Among the patents Jobs invented throughout his career, some stand out as mile stones of technological advancement, such as: “Method and apparatus for use of rotational user inputs” which lead to the development of the iPod clickwheel and the “Voicemail manager for portable multifunction device” which set the base of the iPhone visual voicemail. As well, Jobs is credited with no less than 13 individual patents dedicated to product packaging alone.
The exhibition is intended to convey the insight into visionary commitment that characterized Jobs career and life. However, the Apple patent legacy has undergone several legal battles for intellectual property over the past few years. The brand which has been attacking Apple the most in this time frame is Samsung which engaged in several legal wars over the similarity between the Galaxy products and the design and operation system featured by the iPhones and iPads.
Samsung is not the only brand to have legally challenged Apple patents. Nokia, Motorola and LG have all had claims at one time or another regarding possible patent infringements concerning Apple innovative designs.
The exhibition was opened for public display on November 16th and will be available for visits till January 15th 2012. The giant iPhones are displayed in the atrium of the Madison Building on the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office campus in Alexandria and can be visited free of charge within the museum’s regular business hours.