Quality of issued patents bear out claim that Steve Jobs was a leading innovator

We at Ocean Tomo were shocked and saddened to hear about Steve Jobs’ untimely departure. He has been an inspiration to many of us, setting a bar on what is possible, and challenging us to out innovate everything we’ve ever done before.

As an IP professional, I did some analysis of Mr. Jobs patenting history, to satisfy my own curiosity.

A simple USPTO search shows that Steve Jobs is listed as an inventor on 342 U.S. issued patents or patent applications related to a range of technologies, from computers and portable devices, to touch-based user interfaces.

I then used our Ocean Tomo PatentRatings® system in order to determine the quality rating of the patents where Steve Jobs was listed as an inventor. With IPQ® scores for his patents close to 190, Steve Jobs leaves behind a legacy of high quality mobile, computer and design innovation.

Of the in force patents where Jobs is listed as an inventor, the highest rated patent –6,538,665, a user interface for presenting media information – received an IPQ score of 189.2, a notable achievement.

The data set confirms the general perception that Jobs was a great designer and inventor, creating high quality products and establishing Apple as an innovative leader among its competitors.

Leveraging the Ocean Tomo PatentRatings system, we dialed in to view the 10 highest rated patents (by IPQ score) listing Jobs as an inventor:

Ranking
Patent Number IPQ® Score Issued Date
Title

1

06538665 189.2 3-25-2003 User interface for presenting media information

2

07315984 184.8 1-1-2008 User interface for presenting media information

3

07434177 175.1 10-7-2008 User interface for providing consolidation and access

4

07111240 172.8 9-19-2006 User interface for presenting media information

5

06850256 170.9 2-1-2005 User interface for presenting media information

5

07318196 170.9 1-8-2008 User interface for presenting media information

7

07136280 169.7 11-14-2006 Computer controlled display service

8

07345671 168.1 3-18-2008 Method and apparatus for use of rotational user inputs

9

07667124 166.7 2-23-2010 Graphical user interface and methods of use thereof in a multimedia player

10

07956272 162.6 6-7-2001 Management of files in a personal communication device

 

About IPQ Scores

The Ocean Tomo PatentRatings IPQ score objectively rates patent assets based on a proven statistical methodology. The IPQ score is mathematically determined from the identified metrics for each patent using our patented and proprietary rating system.

The IPQ score has a median of 100. Patent assets with higher IPQ scores are statistically more likely to generate economic returns. As a person's credit score is used by banks and lenders to determine financial risk, a patent asset's IPQ score is used by IP professionals, investors, and corporate strategic planners to determine value and quality.

IPQ scores are unique to each particular patent examined and are updated monthly. Scores are based on certain identified predictive variables determined to have statistically significant correlation to patent quality and value.

 

Dr. Elvir Causevic leads Ocean Tomo’s Strategic Advisory Services practice. He advises innovative enterprises on cost-effective strategic management of their intellectual assets, and creates monetization and transaction strategies for maximum value creation.


Contact: ElvirCausevicBlogs@OceanTomo.com


 

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