This past week the United States Patent Office Museum (not to be confused with the actual patent office, mind you,) set up a lovely display of over 300 patents that have Steve Jobs' name on them, all this behind a gigantic set of iPhones as a monument to his innovation. This is all set up at the museum in Alexandria, Virginia, and you can find it in the atrium of the office's Madison Building headquarters. You'll be able to get in free and see all softs of interactive exhibits, a gallery of portraits, and a theater where short films will be shown. Fun stuff for your holiday weekend!
The most impressive bit is of course the massive set of 30 iPhones displaying the front pages of the over 300 patents that include Steve Jobs' name. Co-inventor is what he's listed as on most of them, while other displays include a brief description of the photos, inventions, and other bits of the exhibition as a whole. Have a quick read on what they hope to express with this show:
“This 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.”
Located in the atrium of the Madison Building, the exhibit features more than 300 of the patents that bear the name of the iconic innovator along with many of the trademarks that have given Apple its instantly recognizable identity around the world. 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.
This exhibition runs from just this past week through January 15th, 2012, so you've got your whole winter break to head down there and take a peek. Also for those of you wishing to know, this exhibit was both created and designed by Invent Now, Inc., an organization that is both non-profit and is dedicated to fostering invention and creativity through its many programs housed generally through the National Inventors Hall of Fame and Museum, an building which it also runs.
Look like something you're going to go check out?