In tribute to the tremendous influence of Steve Jobs, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is featuring The Patents and Trademarks of Steve Jobs: Art and Technology that Changed the World. The free exhibit at the USPTO’s museum in Alexandria, Virginia will be open through January 15, 2012This exhibit commemorates the far-reaching impact of Steve Jobs’ entrepreneurship and innovation on our daily lives,” said Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO David Kappos. “His patents and trademarks provide a striking example of the importance intellectual property plays in the global marketplace.”According to one reviewer, the most impressive part of the display is the set of 30 large iPhones displaying the front pages of the over 300 patents that include Steve Jobs’ name. The display gives insight into the visionary commitment Jobs gave to each of the products and designs he influenced during his time with Apple, the company he co-founded at the age of 21 with his friend and fellow computer enthusiast Steve Wozniak.
The exhibit was created and designed by Invent Now, Inc., the non-profit organization dedicated to fostering invention and creativity through its many programs and which runs the National Inventors Hall of Fame and Museum. The Museum is also currently featuring an exhibition called Exercising Ingenuity which highlights inventions, patents, and trademarks that have emerged from the fitness, nutrition, and exercise industries. Organized in a decade by decade timeline approach, it presents many of the leading health and fitness innovations of each period, from the turn of the 20th century to tomorrow’s fitness breakthrough. In addition to the interactive exhibits, the free museum contains a high definition video theatre and a portrait gallery, where historical and living figures come to life and talk about the history of invention.