Scott Forstall was one of Apple’s most prolific inventors

By , Nov 1, 2012

Since Apple announced on Monday that Scott Forstall would be leaving the company next year, we’ve heard a number of reports regarding the way other employees viewed the long-time SVP of iOS Software.

Needless to say, most of the stuff we’ve heard hasn’t been positive. He’s been described as polarizing, and abrasive, and was accused of abusing his relationship with Steve Jobs. But that doesn’t mean he wasn’t an asset…

Business Insider recently spoke with Erin-Michael Gill, the Managing Director and Chief Intellectual Property Office at MDB. And he points out that Scott Forstall’s name is on more than 160 Apple patents.

That’s more than any other Apple employee, and considerably more than Jony Ive and Craig Federighi, who will be taking over the lion’s share of Forstall’s old duties. Just check out this chart from MDB:

Forstall’s exit has received quite the positive spin over the past week, with reports of some employees even going out to celebrate his ousting. But the truth is, Apple just lost one of its most prolific inventors.

Scott Forstall was relieved of all of his SVP duties this week, and has been renamed “Special Advisor to the chief executive officer” until his official departure in 2013. It’ll be interesting to see what he does next.

Thoughts?

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  • http://twitter.com/int3nsive Int3nsive

    Owning patents doesn’t mean necessary owning the best ones. And since he was the guy in charge of Software, off course he owns more patents than Jony Ive….

    • Melvco

      right, prolific means = present in large numbers or quantities. No one ever said his patents were the best. ;op

  • http://djterm.de/ Robo Term

    The important number in that table is how many patents have been granted.
    Btw Is it good to be one if the key persons in patent wars?

  • Falk M.

    I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that Int3nsive’s reasoning combined with Forstall being so close to Jobs is probably the key story here.

    Whenever Stobs was working on something, I take it that he invited Forstall over many times…

    I don’t wanna say Forstall hasn’t provided a significant amount of invention to Apple, however I think overall they are better off without him, with Ive in charge of all Human Interface decisions and Bob Mansfield getting “Technologies”.

    Wow, just Mansfield alone being back and then in the new “Technologies” department is just plain awesome.

    Also, we’ve seen an upgrade to R&D investment as of late.

    All those things combined scream a bright future to me and make Jobs’ death a little less depressing – company-wise of course.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Steven-Cannan/100000630162509 Steven Cannan

    Steve jobs 2012????????

  • disqus_BtKv0ecWyW

    Chart makes no sense.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001783517599 Gregory D Foster

    Oh shit! Reality show: Scott Forstall forgoes perfection and goes to work for Google to get back at Apple. Bravo. Let the drama unfold! (I’m well aware that would never happen, it just sounded REALLY funny in my head) Or would it? SUSPENSE!