Smithsonian opens exhibit on the patents of Steve Jobs

May 18, 2012 by  

On May 11, the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., in conjunction with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, opened an exhibit on the more than 300 technology patents produced under the direction of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. The Smithsonian is most likely using flyer printing and poster printing to announce this special exhibit to the public, so as to attract as many visitors as possible during the early summer season.

The exhibit will run until July 8 at the Ripley Center of the Smithsonian Institution. Of particular interest on display are a keyboard and mouse, an Apple Macintosh computer from 1995, a NeXT computer from 2005 and an Apple iPod from 2010. The exhibit also includes copies of 312 documents and displays of information about the innovations and entrepreneurship of Steve Jobs and their impact on daily living. Additional information covers how the trademarks and patents created under the direction of Jobs reveal the importance of intellectual property and the role it plays in the global marketplace.

According to Walter Isaacson, the official biographer of Jobs, Jobs’ role in the creation of the patents was more as a designer than as an engineer. His skills were in identifying and executing great ideas, with the understanding that design plays an important role in the production of any product.

Isaacson added that Jobs was able to appreciate and embrace great ideas from the start and then to develop and execute them. Jobs learned that it was important to add beauty to a product so that people could grasp it from the moment they see the box.