Steve Jobs is often celebrated for the impact he had on design and technology. In just seven months since his death, some of the most notable products from his career are on display in an exhibition at Smithsonian’s Ripley Center, titled The Patents and Trademarks of Steve Jobs: Art and Technology that Changed the World. Jobs had over 300 patents. Some of the items on display in the exhibition include an Apple iPod, an Apple Macintosh computer, mouse, and keyboard; and a NeXT monitor, keyboard, mouse, sound box, and microcomputer.
For those that can’t make it to Washington, D.C. a small, virtual exhibition is available on the Smithsonian website.
Steve Job’s biographer, Walter Isaacson, has pointed out most product and design patents and trademarks are filed to protect the property, but Jobs motive was to promote the value of both design and function.
Can you guess which protect Steve Jobs designed was inspired by the sunflowers his wife planted in their backyard? NPR covers this tidbit and an overview of the exhibition in this audio clip: