Steve Jobs takes credit for over 300 patented inventions

Steve Jobs takes credit for over 300 patented inventions
Have you ever wondered how many patents have Steve Jobs' name written on them? Well, The New York Times now has an answer to that question. According to a thorough research conducted by the media, the number stands at exactly 313, out of which 33 patent filings have Apple's former CEO taking first spot in the list of people who contributed to the invention. In comparison, Bill Gates, former CEO of Microsoft, takes credit for only 9 patents (and one video game).

Sure, it may be true that not all of the patented ideas have ever materialized, yet the majority of them are behind devices that have been given iconic status. The Macintosh, the MacOS' user interface, the iPod, and of course the iPhone and the iPad – all of them were influenced by the vision of Steve Jobs in one way or another.

His work would rarely have anything to do with the inner workings of a gadget, yet the area where Jobs excels at is perfecting that familiar minimalistic design and premium feel that is common for all Apple products.

Of course, some might suggest that Jobs' name has been simply added on most of those patent filings in order to boost his guru status, but that is very unlikely to be the case. It has been pointed out by Mark Lemley, Stanford University law professor, that putting the name of someone who did not contribute may void the patent itself.

Those who are interested can hit the source link below and take a look at the inventions that brought Apple to the very top of the consumer electronics industry. Which one would you consider the most innovative of all? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section.



1. shafboy

Posts: 179; Member since: Sep 26, 2010

This for everyone is saying that Steve Jobs just takes credit for everything. And, FIRST BIATCHHESSS

3. iKingTrust

Posts: 716; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

Thank you. But it aint over yet people will have some negative comments soon. I love it

8. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

technically, wouldnt this be steve jobs taking credit for everything? lol. it really wouldnt suprise me if he demands to be the main name on the patent if he has any involvment with it what-so-ever. my company, my rules, my patents!

2. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

lol .

4. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

The personal computer is probably his most innovative one IMO.

11. AppleFUD unregistered

You are joking right? Apple, and especially Steve Jobs, did NOT invent the personal computer. Jobs is/was a great salesman. . . and a techy at heart, but he's not a great inventor. His name is on those patents probably because he's the CEO and required it--self protection form being stabbed in the back as he was previously at apple. It doesn't mean that he had anything real to do with the patents.

16. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

It's said on the article that a patent will be voided if someone's name was just tagged on it. I know that every credit for Apple or for Steve is hard for android fandboys to accept, for it ruins your day, but just deal with it :)

24. AppleFUD unregistered

And they can prove that it wasn't just tagged on? Or the simple fact that he sits in on every meeting doesn't warrant that his name is valid on the patent? Still doesn't mean he actually contributed much if anything. I know it's hard for apple fans to think and too see their lord and savior as a normal human. And FYI, I'm not a fan of any company, don't own a single Android device. . . but I do find it annoying that some people worship tech companies and CEO's--the only thing any of them truly care about is getting you to part with your money.

5. Moo unregistered

How much did he take from Xerox?

6. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

If you mean in ideas...alot IMO. Yea they licensed the UI from Xerox so its isnt stolen. Basically Jobs, Apple saw where they could go with it and the rest is history. Its also probably where he got the idea for the personal computer. Xerox doesnt get enough credit and Apple gets too much.

12. AppleFUD unregistered

Apple DID NOT licence the UI form Xerox. Apple gave stock options to Xerox for the opportunity too visit PARC and too take one of the Alto's back and play with it. There was NO licensing deal whatsoever--that's one of the biggest misnomers about apple. It was a simple "cash & carry" deal, thus the attempted lawsuit by Xerox later but they were too late.

7. Moo unregistered

I agree Xerox deserves a lot of credit. Apple way to much for just being good salesmen.

9. Hi unregistered

How many of those he stole and bought ?

10. darth8ball

Posts: 520; Member since: Aug 02, 2011

stole many bought few. he didn't invent the mp3 player, smartphone, pc or tablet. he only made small changes to existing devices, inventing is creating from nothing. Marconi invented the radio, Edison invented the lightbulb Steve Jobs RECREATED the mp3 player, tablet, pc and smartphone. and using the word recreated I'm being kind.

13. AppleFUD unregistered

Well said, Jobs & apple are great at tweaking already existing ideas/things and making them "their own" and branding them in such a way that people believe they are whole new creations. I can't think of a single thing apple truly invented.

33. iKingTrust

Posts: 716; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

Basic computer hardware as we know it today. Even Bill Gates admits it.

17. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

The word is "innovating". Invention is not creating from nothing. No one can create an invention out of nothing. Unless someone can invent molecules. All inventions are composed of ideas and materials that nature already provided. Patents can be awarded to both inventions and innovations. Even ideas. Some people are inventors, some innovators. Don't be bitter, just because Steve was able to innovate and get awarded for it.

19. darth8ball

Posts: 520; Member since: Aug 02, 2011

in·vent   /ɪnˈvɛnt/ Show Spelled[in-vent] Show IPA verb (used with object) 1. to originate or create as a product of one's own ingenuity, experimentation, or contrivance: to invent the telegraph. 2. to produce or create with the imagination: to invent a story. 3. to make up or fabricate (something fictitious or false): to invent excuses. 4. Archaic . to come upon; find. Typical fanboy DNS SYNDROME

22. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

Thx for the definition that proved you wrong. It never said "out of nothing". Except for #3 which applies to lies :)

30. u-suck-more

Posts: 529; Member since: Aug 26, 2011

number 3 clearly states what Apple is doing. claiming things that were made long ago to be their very own ideas/inventions

34. iKingTrust

Posts: 716; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

I love this. I love how people can put so much hate into a thing. lol. I just sit back and laugh a these peoples comments.

14. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Apple was the first company to PIRATE and STEAL ideas from others. Not sure if the first BUT they do steal

15. twenti7

Posts: 152; Member since: Jul 09, 2011

Businesses, especially tech-related businesses, have been stealing ideas from others for centuries. Yes, Apple does "steal" or "borrow" ideas, but they were in no way was the first to do so, nor are they the only company that does.

18. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

Which patented technology did Steve steal? If it does not have anyone's name on it, it's no one's. If you were walking at a park and saw $1 million dollars in a bag, with no identification of who it's from. Would you just leave that money lying there, or would you take it? Knowing that there are 3 people walking towards your direction.

20. darth8ball

Posts: 520; Member since: Aug 02, 2011

You should pick it up and take it to the nearest police station, where if not claimed after 30 days it would be yours. Doing other than that is stealing Just because you and Adolph Jobs have no morals doesn't mean everyone lives that way.

23. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

Exactly. So if Apple picks up an idea and no one claims it or files a's theirs.

32. u-suck-more

Posts: 529; Member since: Aug 26, 2011

let's not forget Apple threatens too ! Apple wanted to buy the Super Amoled Plus display for their I-Phone 5. but Sammy said no. so Apple threatened a lawsuit but Sammy still wont buge. Same with the Retina display, Apple just bought it, not manufactured/created it. they threatened to sue LG if LG did not sell it to them. so LG sold it to them and came up with a better NOVA display (: god i love Samsung n LG (: -i read this online, u can google it-

26. AppleFUD unregistered

uh, maybe you should look through the many lawsuits that apple has lost that were brought about by very small companies (not patent trolls either) whom apple blatantly took their tech with no intention of every paying them. . . well, they didn't even bother to notify the company--most likely thinking they would never be caught. maybe you should read Sun Microsystem's CEO's blog post about his conversation with Jobs and where. . . what is it, pages or was it impress or whatever. . . you can find it easy enough ;) . . . came from. Yeah, that sounds like stealing too me. . . buy hey, I know, you think apple is perfect and the sun comes from Jobs' butt every morning.

21. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

so far its been a good day for the Iphone army....

27. stealthd unregistered

Naturally, stories like these bring the trolls out. This really just goes to show how involved Steve Jobs was with even minor details of a product. A lot of those are design patents; he contributed a lot to the look and feel of Apple products, which is one of their biggest selling points. Not a lot of CEOs have this kind of involvement in their company's products.

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