December 3, 2015 | Posted in:Patents

The patent truth, did you know…

this about Engelbart’s patent on the mouse?


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Doug Engelbart’s patent on the mouse, filed June 21, 1967 and granted January 17, 1970, was described in the patent’s Abstract as follows: “An X-Y position indicator control for movement by the hand over any surface to move a cursor over the display on a cathode ray tube, the indicator control generating signals indicating its position to cause a cursor to be displayed on the tube at the corresponding position. The indicator control mechanism contains X and Y position wheels mounted perpendicular to each other, which rotate according to the X and Y movements of the mechanism, and which operate rheostats to send signals along a wire to a computer which controls the CRT display.

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