From the Macintosh to the iPhone: Steve Jobs Patent Exhibit Opens at Denver Public Library

June 20, 2014

Exhibit opens ahead of ribbon-cutting of Denver’s satellite patent office

Denver, CO – A life-sized exhibit showcasing the hundreds of patents that Steve Jobs holds to his name, and that of Apple, the company he founded and helmed for nearly three decades, opens today at the Denver Public Library’s Central Library in downtown Denver. 

The exhibit, entitled “Patents and Trademarks of Steve Jobs: Art and Technology that Changed the World,” will be on display through September. It is free and open to the public. 

“We’re thrilled to host the Steve Jobs exhibit as it showcases the collaborative relationship we’ve built with innovators across the West,” Diane Lapierre, Director of Community Relations for the Denver Public Library, said. “Our Patent and Trademark Research Center helps connect inventors and business people with the information, resources, and direction they need to succeed. This exhibit lets others see the complex and groundbreaking work that led to some of the greatest technological advances of our times.”

The exhibit is on loan from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), arriving 10 days ahead of the grand opening of Denver’s satellite office of the USPTO, scheduled for June 30. The Mile High City’s selection as a location for a satellite office is expected to bring hundreds of direct jobs and millions in economic development to the state and region.

“This exhibit provides a unique glimpse into one of our country’s most iconic innovators, highlighting Jobs’ wide-ranging portfolio and lasting influence on modern technology,” Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet said. “The U.S. patent process plays a critical role in making ideas come to life and we’re thrilled to bring that process even closer to Colorado entrepreneurs and inventors with the opening of the USPTO’s satellite office in Denver.”

“Our city, state, and region continue to make their mark on the intellectual property world with the opening of the USPTO Denver office,” John Posthumus, an intellectual property attorney with Sheridan Ross P.C. and a key player in helping to secure the Denver USPTO office, said.  “The Steve Jobs patent and trademark exhibit serves as the perfect visual and educational tool to share the importance and global impact of one of the world’s leading innovators and entrepreneurs. The exhibit’s Denver visit is a tribute to all who have worked so diligently to get us to this point, as well as a peek into Colorado’s future role in the world of innovation.  There’s no doubt that we’ll look back at the opening of the Denver USPTO office as a game changing moment in our history.”

Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet helped coordinate the state’s bipartisan effort to bring the satellite office to Colorado. This included securing an amendment in the 2011 patent reform law directing the USPTO to establish three satellite offices nationwide, working with the state’s business community and local governments to attract the office, and leading several letters from Colorado’s Congressional delegation urging the Administration and the USPTO to choose Colorado as a location for a satellite office.

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