The Surprising Patents of Steve Jobs

Depending on who you speak to, Steve Jobs was a prolific innovator, relentless collaborator, or shameless limelight stealer. Regardless, his name is on more than 350 patents. The patents always list Jobs as part of a team. But given his famous attention to even the tiniest details, I’m guessing his name wasn’t added for purely ceremonial reasons. Included in those 350-plus patent filings are some very well known products and features, including iPhone, Apple II, and original Mac. But beyond the iPhones, iPods, and iMacs, Jobs had a hand in some less obvious patents that illustrate Apple’s thought process and continue to shape the way the company presents itself to the world.