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The Unexpected Patents of Steve Jobs

CmdrTaco posted more than 4 years ago | from the who-patents-a-staircase dept.

Patents 198

Harry writes "It's no surprise that Steve Jobs' name is among those credited in Apple's patents for MacBooks, iPods, and other iconic gadgets galore. But the man holds patents for packaging, a staircase, iPod cases, and several intriguing products that Apple hasn't built to date. They all add up to an interesting portrait of the world's most famous tech CEO."

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Don't Forget the Lanyard (4, Informative)

eldavojohn (898314) | more than 4 years ago | (#28124179)

His name is also on a patent for the earphones/iPod lanyard [google.com] and that patent references 47 other patents.

You can find a complete list of Steve's patents here [uspto.gov]. For what it's worth, I find Jobs listed on 100 patents or patent applications and Bill Gates listed on two [uspto.gov] as the inventor.

Probably a fair indication of what kind of leader you have on your hands ... definitely marketing/business for Gates.

Re:Don't Forget the Lanyard (4, Interesting)

Actually, I do RTFA (1058596) | more than 4 years ago | (#28124245)

Probably a fair indication of what kind of leader you have on your hands ... definitely marketing/business for Gates.

Wait, what? Did I miss the irony?

You think Jobs contributed in any technical way to any Apple product? Heritic! May the Woz have mercy on your soul.

And a patent that references 47 other patents is far less impressive than vice-versa.

Re:Don't Forget the Lanyard (4, Interesting)

falcon5768 (629591) | more than 4 years ago | (#28124709)

While Jobs is certainly not technical minded, in terms of design he HAS been the main patent holder, and main developer on a lot of items. The iMac g4 in particular that the article cites was almost ALL Jobs, it was well known in the company he spend months working on the arm before handing it off to Ives and the Engineers to test and finalize.

Re:Don't Forget the Lanyard (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28124811)

"You think Jobs contributed in any technical way to any Apple product?"

Actually, yes.

Jobs is nowhere near technically competent as Woz, but can hold his own. Probably better than most coders here. Woz would probably agree if asked.

I know in the project that ended up being OS X, he was one of five engineers developing the product and while his role was more along the lines of project manager, he would get his hands dirty occasionally and contribute code or fix others foul ups.

I know this goes against the heavily manicured image he likes to maintain...he wants to be seen as the inspiration and not the source, but he still has a lot of geek pride. Those that work closely with him know that he is as willing to tear a piece of hardware apart as look at it...or ask to see the source. Occasionally his 'revisions' are more zenlike reductions of the code (which goes along with the infamous ordering of the engineers to align resistors on the back of the iMac circuit board to be more aesthetic). Those not within his inner circle only get to see the superficial side of all of this.

Left anonymous for obvious reasons.

All Contributors Need Credit on Patent (1, Insightful)

Webcommando (755831) | more than 4 years ago | (#28125519)

Not a patent lawyer and haven't RTFM

... but it is expected that contributors to an invention appear on the patent. A contributor could be someone who offered suggestions or other ideas that are material to the invention.

With Steve's penchant for hands-on review of product designs, he could very easily have contributed ideas (even not the one implementing them) that were material to the invention.

Re:Don't Forget the Lanyard (-1, Troll)

qurk (87195) | more than 4 years ago | (#28125545)

Steve Jobs is SOOO COOOL. Like you can tear apart a iphone just like him and install any operating system or software on it you want, cause you paid for it. You can do anything you want on an iphone, and it's better than anything else in the world, because apple is so awesome!

Re:Don't Forget the Lanyard (2, Insightful)

geekoid (135745) | more than 4 years ago | (#28125689)

Jobs isn't as technical minded as the Woz, he is smart.
However If I had the money and a team of lawyers I'd easily ahve 100 patents by now.

Re:Don't Forget the Lanyard (0)

0xdeadbeef (28836) | more than 4 years ago | (#28124397)

Probably a fair indication of what kind of leader you have on your hands

Aye, he is someone who understands technology well enough to admit what he doesn't know, as opposed to a fashionable dandy who takes credit for other people's work and expertise.

Re:Don't Forget the Lanyard (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28124571)

Bill Gates isn't taking credit anymore. He's done his part, and now he leads. When he actually worked, he worked, he didn't steal shit.

Re:Don't Forget the Lanyard (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28124773)

The guy was talking about Jobs. Who would describe Gates as a fashionable dandy?

Re:Don't Forget the Lanyard (1)

kpainter (901021) | more than 4 years ago | (#28125397)

Bill Gates isn't taking credit anymore. He's done his part, and now he leads. When he actually worked, he worked, he didn't steal shit.

Ok Bill, we know it's you. You aren't fooling anybody by posting AC. Debatable on that stealing business though.

Re:Don't Forget the Lanyard (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Monkey (795756) | more than 4 years ago | (#28124753)

Yes, it seems like Jobs wants to have his name on stuff for the cool factor. 'Look what I did.' Even when he didn't do all that much.

Reminds me of a boss I once had that would openly take credit for anything and everything he gave advice on. We could spend weeks on a project, he would swoop in at the last second and say something like 'it should be blue' and then next week he would tell every one that he designed and built the whole thing from scratch with every one sitting cross legged on the floor in awe and worshiping him. I quit after not too long. The man is a jerk.

The thing is he was very charming, and the people who he could charm were very talented and were always doing amazing things. In the end they were so enamored of him that they just let him take credit.

I think that might be the secret of The Jobs in the end. People love him enough that they WANT him to take their ideas. Once he has a few super smart people like that (aka The Woz) and a few major stunningly great products on the market you can pick up more super smart people and the cycle repeats it self.

Don't get me wrong, Jobs is a brilliant engender and programmer, but I think he is not as brilliant as his patent portfolio suggests.

Re:Don't Forget the Lanyard (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28124953)

... Jobs is a brilliant engender and programmer ...

Psst!
What be ye smoking ye anon monkey genius?

SJobs is as good at programming as a Kangaroo is at walking.

Geez!

Re:Don't Forget the Lanyard (1, Insightful)

je ne sais quoi (987177) | more than 4 years ago | (#28125561)

Yes, it seems like Jobs wants to have his name on stuff for the cool factor. 'Look what I did.' Even when he didn't do all that much.

Okaaayyy.... all those who were founding partners of a computer company that has captured 10% usage share [hitslink.com], please raise their hands. Those people are allowed to make snarky comments about how little Steve Jobs knows. Everyone else, STFU. Unless you have worked with the man personally or have a reasonable assurance that he acts this way, what you've asserted is completely unfounded. The same goes for Ballmer and Gates (even though Ballmer didn't get in until 1980).

Re:Don't Forget the Lanyard (0, Redundant)

Colonel Korn (1258968) | more than 4 years ago | (#28124567)

His name is also on a patent for the earphones/iPod lanyard [google.com] and that patent references 47 other patents.

You can find a complete list of Steve's patents here [uspto.gov]. For what it's worth, I find Jobs listed on 100 patents or patent applications and Bill Gates listed on two [uspto.gov] as the inventor.

Probably a fair indication of what kind of leader you have on your hands ... definitely marketing/business for Gates.

I'm not sure about that. I don't know a lot about Gates' role, but Jobs had absolutely nothing to do with almost all of those patents other than being CEO at the time they were submitted, and in most cases having the opportunity to torpedo the invention but choosing not to do so.

Re:Don't Forget the Lanyard (0)

zonker (1158) | more than 4 years ago | (#28124913)

You aren't sure about that? But you are of your own opinion? I guess I'm not sure about that.

Re:Don't Forget the Lanyard (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28125065)

I'm not sure about that. I don't know a lot about Gates' role, but Jobs had absolutely nothing to do with almost all of those patents other than being CEO at the time they were submitted, and in most cases having the opportunity to torpedo the invention but choosing not to do so.

And just how do you know this? Or are you just making assumptions?

Re:Don't Forget the Lanyard (4, Insightful)

jonbryce (703250) | more than 4 years ago | (#28124637)

Pretty much all Microsoft's products come from buying up small companies that have the technologies he wants.

Marketing certainly plays a part, but finding the right companies to buy up in the first place is also a very important skill.

Re:Don't Forget the Lanyard (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28124781)

Is a "Lanyard" a gay black turtleneck?

Re:Don't Forget the Lanyard (3, Insightful)

amicusNYCL (1538833) | more than 4 years ago | (#28124847)

Probably a fair indication of what kind of leader you have on your hands ... definitely marketing/business for Gates.

I don't understand how you can come to a conclusion like that. All that shows is that Steve Jobs thinks that it's important to get his name on patents, and Bill Gates doesn't. I can't find definite numbers, but Apple has at least 2000 patents, and Microsoft had at least 5000 three years ago. Frankly, I think the fact that Steve Jobs is more interested in getting his name on patents means that he is the more business and marketing-oriented of the two, not Gates. Gates could have his name on several thousand patents, but apparently he didn't think that was important.

Re:Don't Forget the Lanyard (2, Insightful)

dtml-try MyNick (453562) | more than 4 years ago | (#28125763)

Frankly, I think the fact that Steve Jobs is more interested in getting his name on patents means that he is the more business and marketing-oriented of the two, not Gates. Gates could have his name on several thousand patents, but apparently he didn't think that was important.

Personally I think it's more of a ego thing.

Steve Jobs is a excellent businessman, no doubt, but he's also a showman with a huge ego.. Apple == Steve Jobs == Apple. If there is a apple product, he wants his name attached to it somehow. Therefore all the patents apple claims should be in his name.

On the contrary to Bill Gates who doesnt care about his ego that much. (and why should he after all....) Bill Gates wanted the name Microsoft attached to everything, not his personal name. Everything he does is "Microsoft" not "GatesSoft" and therefore the patents belong to the company, not the person. He simply doesnt care about it.

Absolute Bullshit (2, Funny)

somethingwicked (260651) | more than 4 years ago | (#28124975)

Ok, I looked at the patent on this before posting this because I initially thought, was "BULLSHIT, you can't patent a fucking staircase. There has to be something being left out."

But, I was wrong wrong wrong.

About the only descriptive text in the patent.

"We claim the ornamental design for a staircase, substantially as shown and described."

I know he has made some cool tech contributions, but this is absurd!!!
 

Re:Absolute Bullshit (1)

haystor (102186) | more than 4 years ago | (#28125169)

it's all white

Re:Absolute Bullshit (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28125571)

it's all white

The black model is on the way, and 6 more colors are being rumored.

Really? The *infamous*? (5, Insightful)

BadAnalogyGuy (945258) | more than 4 years ago | (#28124197)

Steve Jobs is not the world's most famous tech CEO.

Bill Gates has better name recognition than Jobs, if only because his philanthropy reaches so many more people than Jobs' work does.

Re:Really? The *infamous*? (1, Flamebait)

alexborges (313924) | more than 4 years ago | (#28124239)

"Bill Gates has better name recognition than Jobs, if only because his personal PR department turned into another MS sales branch reaches so many more people than Jobs' work does."

There, fixed it for ya.

Re:Really? The *infamous*? (5, Insightful)

TheRealMindChild (743925) | more than 4 years ago | (#28124561)

So spending money to save lives is a PR stunt? Maybe. Regardless, he is still saving lives. Give the man some bloody credit.

Re:Really? The *infamous*? (2, Insightful)

Red Flayer (890720) | more than 4 years ago | (#28124267)

Bill Gates has better name recognition than Jobs, if only because his philanthropy reaches so many more people than Jobs' work does.

And yet Bill Gates is no longer a tech CEO, so he is removed from consideration.

Jobs' status is currently "in limbo" AFAIK, but he is technically still CEO of Apple per their regulatory filings.

Re:Really? The *infamous*? (2, Insightful)

LandDolphin (1202876) | more than 4 years ago | (#28125117)

Why is he removed from consideration? He was a CEO. Lee Iacocca is still remembered as a great CEO, even thought he's dead now. The phrase, "most famous tech CEO" does not limit itself to current CEO's. If you were to have a lsit of most Famous X's, you'd expect to see some retired/dead people on that list, no?

Re:Really? The *infamous*? (5, Insightful)

apodyopsis (1048476) | more than 4 years ago | (#28124343)

His philanthropic accomplishments are certainly praiseworthy, but it's worth remembering that his vast wealth was mainly accumulated with some really unpleasent business tactics.

See "A History of Anticompetitive Behavior and Consumer Harm"
http://www.ecis.eu/documents/Finalversion_Consumerchoicepaper.pdf [www.ecis.eu]

Whilst I congratulate the man for subsidising research and giving to worthy causes I have to wonder if he would do so much if he was not one of the worlds richest man.

Re:Really? The *infamous*? (3, Interesting)

Colonel Korn (1258968) | more than 4 years ago | (#28124661)

His philanthropic accomplishments are certainly praiseworthy, but it's worth remembering that his vast wealth was mainly accumulated with some really unpleasent business tactics.

See "A History of Anticompetitive Behavior and Consumer Harm"

http://www.ecis.eu/documents/Finalversion_Consumerchoicepaper.pdf [www.ecis.eu]
 

Jobs has led his company through fewer, but still not close to zero, unpleasant business tactics. On a personal note, he goes out of his way to make his employees unhappy. He's also fabulously wealthy, and he doesn't give significant money to charity, where Gates has so far given half of his wealth away. Gates seems like the rather bad for some other businesses and good for the people he's affected, where Jobs is moderately bad for other businesses (or perhaps much worse, considering the inability of other companies to produce make clones) and terrible for the people he directly affects.

Re:Really? The *infamous*? (0)

zonker (1158) | more than 4 years ago | (#28125009)

Again you make claims about his personality that you can't back up. He may have done things in the past (which are well documented) but people change. Gates wasn't exactly a fun person to be with in board meetings (so says a few books about MS days gone by) and could be quite a dick.

I don't know what either of them are like today and I don't know either BG or SJ. Do you? Did Steve kick your dog and Bill buy you ice cream?

Re:Really? The *infamous*? (4, Insightful)

LandDolphin (1202876) | more than 4 years ago | (#28125177)

More Companies make money because of Microsoft then Apple. If Apple had Microsofts market share with their current business model, how many other companies would not exsist?

Re:Really? The *infamous*? (1, Insightful)

NatasRevol (731260) | more than 4 years ago | (#28125421)

That's because it costs a shitload more to support MS infrastructure. Thus there are a lot of consulting/support businesses, and they do make money because of MS. Money that could be spent on growing the company's business.

Re:Really? The *infamous*? (0, Troll)

Philip K Dickhead (906971) | more than 4 years ago | (#28124779)

Praiseworthy? You been watchin' too much Oprah, Willis!

Look, his "philanthropy" is just more oligarchal, social and economic control for an elite agenda.

"They need to be independent of government agencies, which are unable to head off the disaster we all see looming."

Why all the secrecy? "They wanted to speak rich to rich without worrying anything they said would end up in the newspapers, painting them as an alternative world government,"
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/us_and_americas/article6350303.ece [timesonline.co.uk]

He's also a Bilderberger. He wants to turn mosquitoes into flying syringes - to inject folks with agents that serve the "Overpopulation" agenda.

Overpopulation? That's your children, mate. The world can sustain 10,000 ordinary mortals for the same resources that support Gate's own two children.

http://abcnews.go.com/Business/Story?id=7628545&page=1 [go.com]

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/30851839/ [msn.com]

http://www.nypost.com/seven/05202009/news/regionalnews/worlds_richest_hold_secret_meeting_170193.htm [nypost.com]

Watch Goodman on the agenda of the BMGF
http://www.snapbuzz.com/view/video/6051/ [snapbuzz.com]

Re:Really? The *infamous*? (2, Insightful)

Speck'sBacon (1042490) | more than 4 years ago | (#28124821)

Whilst I congratulate the man for subsidising research and giving to worthy causes I have to wonder if he would do so much if he was not one of the worlds richest man [sic].

This is some twisted logic.. Of course he wouldn't do so much if he weren't so rich! He would be incapable of doing so. While Microsoft's business practices are deserving of scrutiny, I fear most of the vitriol aimed at Microsoft and Gates is motivated by envy, or "tall poppy syndrome," or some variant. In the final analysis, the man is a successful business person who's earned his money, and can do with it as he pleases.

Re:Really? The *infamous*? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28125129)

What a funny post. Translated into other language => "Water may be essential to life, but what the water lobby doesn't want you to know is that it was also used to keep Hitler alive"

Re:Really? The *infamous*? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28125219)

And what does any of that have to do with name recognition?

Re:Really? The *infamous*? (1)

harryandthehenderson (1559721) | more than 4 years ago | (#28124367)

Bill Gates has better name recognition than Jobs, if only because his philanthropy reaches so many more people than Jobs' work does.

Of what tech company is Bill Gates a CEO of? I'm pretty sure he stopped being the CEO of Microsoft back in 2000 when Steve Ballmer took over.

Re:Really? The *infamous*? (1)

LandDolphin (1202876) | more than 4 years ago | (#28125205)

Who's the most famous baseball player? Is there anything in that sentence that restricts me from answering Babe Ruth? Did Babe Ruth become and invalid answer when he stopped playing?

Re:Really? The *infamous*? (2, Insightful)

harryandthehenderson (1559721) | more than 4 years ago | (#28125353)

Who's the most famous baseball player?

Define the time context we are talking about. If you are talking about both past and present players one would ask, and in most such polls that cover topics like this it is asked this way, "Who is the most famous baseball player of all time?" or "Who is the most famous baseball player ever?". But hey, you can win this stupid little nitpick game when as anyone who wasn't trying to be overly pedantic knows that the article was clearly only talking about current CEOs.

Re:Really? The *infamous*? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28124985)

Philanthropy? HAH! More like eugenics and population reduction.

He just met with other billionaires, like Ted Turner who has called for a 95% reduction in population and for 1 child policies (while he has 5).

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/us_and_americas/article6350303.ece [timesonline.co.uk]

Don't forget that Gates' father was the President of Planned Parenthood which was created by Margaret Sanger who was a proud eugenicist and racist.

Re:Really? The *infamous*? (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28125355)

Don't forget that Gates' father was the President of Planned Parenthood which was created by Margaret Sanger who was a proud eugenicist and racist.

This clearly proves that Gates is a racist. Wait, what?

Barack Obama is President of the USA, a country which was created by George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, etc who were proud racists and slaveowners. Ergo, Obama supoorts slavery. QED.

Apple (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28124243)

I am Steve Jobs and I am here to ask you a question:
Is a man not entitled to his own computer?

No, says the man in Washington; it belongs to the poor.
No, says the man in the Vatican; it belongs to God.
No, says the man in Moscow; it belongs to everyone.

I rejected those answers. Instead, I chose something
different. I chose the impossible. I chose ... Apple.

Re:Apple (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28124421)

So, if im entitled to my own computer, why can't I edit my iTunes source code? I chose Linux.

Re:Apple (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28124581)

Edit the source code? You can't even install a different music player on your iPhone.

That made no sense (2, Informative)

SuperKendall (25149) | more than 4 years ago | (#28124595)

So, if im entitled to my own computer, why can't I edit my iTunes source code? I chose Linux.

Neverwinter Nights runs on Linux and I can't edit that source either... you probably should not have chosen an application for your example.

Re:That made no sense (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28125781)

I guess you've gotten pretty used to that whooshing sound just above your head by now, haven't you?

I chose ... Apple. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28124789)

Which I, Steve Jobs, own.

So that Apple computer you think is yours - is really mine.

His patent on packaging should be invalid (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28124287)

The black turtleneck has a long history that should count as prior art.

*cough* (1, Redundant)

C_Kode (102755) | more than 4 years ago | (#28124345)

They all add up to an interesting portrait of the world's most famous tech CEO."

*cough* Bill Gates*cough*

Re:*cough* (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28124363)

You're thinking of the world's most famous tech criminal mastermind.

Re:*cough* (3, Informative)

harryandthehenderson (1559721) | more than 4 years ago | (#28124381)

I'm pretty sure they were referring to only those people who are currently CEOs. Not people who haven't held the position of CEO of a company for 9 years.

Re:*cough* (1)

LandDolphin (1202876) | more than 4 years ago | (#28125047)

Does a baseball player stop being refered to as a baseball player after they retire? If I asked you "what baseball player has the best batting average?", would that exclude anyone who had previously retired? no, of course not. I'd have to ask "What current baseball player".

Re:*cough* (1)

harryandthehenderson (1559721) | more than 4 years ago | (#28125221)

Does a baseball player stop being refered to as a baseball player after they retire?

Yes, they are usually referred to as being a "former baseball player".

Re:*cough* (1)

Andr T. (1006215) | more than 4 years ago | (#28124451)

Bill Gates is not a CEO anymore [google.com].

Re:*cough* (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28124783)

That doesn't actually make any difference - BG is still the worlds most famous tech CEO, just not the worlds most famous CURRENT tech CEO. If you were talking about (for instance) the USAs most famous President, you would consider those who are no longer President, surely?

Apple Staircase (2, Funny)

ardor (673957) | more than 4 years ago | (#28124383)

Hmm ..

A shiny staircase with Carrara marble steps and sides covered with quartz glass, but one needs special apple iShoes to use it.

Re:Apple Staircase (2, Insightful)

SchizoStatic (1413201) | more than 4 years ago | (#28124607)

Don't give them more ideas. I am waiting for the official iBed which lets me plug all apple products into to control my dreams and tell me to buy more apple products.

Re:Apple Staircase (1)

maxume (22995) | more than 4 years ago | (#28124999)

If you are already waiting for it, it doesn't sound like they need to actually make it.

iStairs! (2, Funny)

AioKits (1235070) | more than 4 years ago | (#28124415)

Finally, a sectioned inclined surface for ascent and descent, for the rest of us!

Re:iStairs! (1)

FatdogHaiku (978357) | more than 4 years ago | (#28124793)

Great, I have to buy another pair of shoes because the ones I have won't work with the new stairs... and I want my old DOS flip flops back too!

Steve Jobs has been patented?? (1)

eclectro (227083) | more than 4 years ago | (#28124559)

So they must be able to clone him now? That's good news for apple. I wonder if he hatches from a pod.

Re:Steve Jobs has been patented?? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28124727)

Yes, he's been dead now for 2 years and
they've really done amazing things with
iCloning.

Re:Steve Jobs has been patented?? (1)

maxume (22995) | more than 4 years ago | (#28125037)

The clone springs, fully grown, from a pouch sown into the thigh of an existing Steve Jobs.

Gosh, I almost misread that... (4, Funny)

idontgno (624372) | more than 4 years ago | (#28124565)

"The Unexpected Pants of Steve Jobs"

Like he inadvertently wore Hawaiian-print Bermuda shorts with his mock turtleneck.

The weird thing is that we'd probably never notice, with the RDF making us see what we expect.

Pardon me, but... (5, Funny)

denzacar (181829) | more than 4 years ago | (#28124907)

How do you "almost misread" something?

P..P-a... (OMG! PANTS!)...P-a-t... (OMG! SOMEONE MISSPELLED PANTS!)...P-a-t-e... P-a-t-e-n... (OMG! SOMEONE HAS NO CLUE HOW TO SPELL PANTS!)... P-a-t-e-n-t... (OH! Not really pants... OMG! I ALMOST MISREAD IT AS PANTS!)... P-a-t-e-n-t-S... Patents...

So, the question is... (1)

DesScorp (410532) | more than 4 years ago | (#28124641)

... how many of these did he steal from Woz?

Re:So, the question is... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28125471)

Good point. It's true. Steve Wozniak is the epitome of the innovation of this company. It wouldn't be the same without him. Kudos to him.

What about Dave? (2, Interesting)

Zashi (992673) | more than 4 years ago | (#28124711)

What about Dave Thomas [wikipedia.org]? Arguably a much more famous CEO considering how many commercials he starred in.

And that Bill Gates guy might be a tad more famous, though I worry about mentioning this since it seems like flamebait. Also, he's not a CEO anymore.

Re:What about Dave? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28124765)

Even non-geeks and non-Apple fanboys know who Gates is. Just about everyone knows who he is.

You mention Steve Jobs to Joe Sixpack and he'll scratch his crotch, then his head.

Re:What about Dave? (1)

Red Flayer (890720) | more than 4 years ago | (#28124805)

What about Dave Thomas? Arguably a much more famous CEO considering how many commercials he starred in.

Wait, what? It's the "most famous tech CEO" (emphasis mine).

Or you must know something about Wendy's products that the rest of us don't... can Frosties and Wendy's baked potatoes be used as wi-fi receivers or something?

Re:What about Dave? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28124851)

Last I checked, Wendy's was not a tech company... regardless of how many people in IT eat there. Also, Dave Thomas is dead, and thus probably not a CEO anymore, either.

if you're a hammer (1)

Lexible (1038928) | more than 4 years ago | (#28124803)

everything looks like a nail: steve runs a company that does its business by patenting. it's no surprise that he thinks of things in his life in terms of patents.

So ... (2, Interesting)

nitroyogi (1471601) | more than 4 years ago | (#28124873)

All of a sudden patents are all cool and nice and nicer!
Just because Steve has few!?

Re:So ... (2, Insightful)

morgan_greywolf (835522) | more than 4 years ago | (#28125147)

I don't think anybody around here ever said patents were bad. And if they did, they certainly don't represent the majority opinion. Most of feel that software patents are bad, and that the patent system, particularly in the U.S., is just really screwed up because the USPTO awards patents for ideas that are clearly either non-novel (prior art exists) or are obvious to those in the field(s) of study in question. Many of us also feel that patents are granted for too long a period of time, especially in the realms of IT and consumer electronics.

On the contrary, I think that patents are a useful way to encourage inventors to invent things by enabling them to reap benefits for their inventions, both monetary and non-monetary.

Re:So ... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28125277)

Hey, Troll Boy, are your wittle mod point feelings still being hurt by Mr. Four-Digit UID? Get a fucking grip on reality, man. This website is irrelevant.

Getting On Patent App == Easy (1)

cotu (412872) | more than 4 years ago | (#28124977)

Getting your name on a patent app is pretty damn easy... at the Large Silly Valley company
that I worked for, it was a matter of just putting somebody's name on the app and having them
sign the various forms.

Given that Jobs is CEO, there's probably a "coolness" factor for anybody at Apple to have him
on as a co-inventor. It certainly doesn't say anything about how involved (or not) he was in
coming up with the idea. It's not like there's a quiz at the patent office to see if you are
worthy of being a co-inventor, after all.

The World's most famous tech CEO (1)

GPLDAN (732269) | more than 4 years ago | (#28125017)

Is John Chambers. Just pick up a copy of his trade rag... er... the respected publication Business 2.0. He's sure to be on the cover, and he will tell you just how famous he is.

Reliable (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28125073)

Death, taxes and the daily slashdot Apple/MS flame war.

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