Apple’s co-founder and former CEO, Steve Jobs, has been granted 141 patents since he passed away in October 2011.
The number, which is more than the 9 Bill Gates has been granted and the dozen or so granted to Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin in their lifetimes, adds to his 313 patents amassed during his career.
In an article by MIT Technology Review, we get to take a look back at Jobs’ patents, including his very first, simply titled ‘Personal Computer’, and one of his most recent, covering the design of Apple’s iconic 5th Avenue retail store in New York.
You might just wonder how a person who is no longer living can be awarded a patent. Well it’s all to do with applications, the review process and the time taken to do all of those things. Many of these patents will have been applied for just before his death, but have taken until now to be granted.
Although, as MIT points out, Apple was still applying for patents with his name right up until October 4th 2011 – the day before he passed away.
It’s amazing how Steve Jobs still keeps popping up in the news and how he continues to remain relevant and influential 3 years after his death.
Source: MIT Technology Review