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1970: The Inventor of the Computer Mouse Never Made any Money from it

1970: The Inventor of the Computer Mouse Never Made any Money from it
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  • historical event: Douglas Engelbart, otherwise an experienced inventor and member of the Stanford Research Institute (SRI), argues that he never had financial gains from the invention of the mouse.

On this day in 1970 American inventor Douglas Engelbart obtained a patent (U.S. Patent 3,541,541) for a computer mouse. In the patent application the device was called “X-Y position indicator for a display system”. Douglas Engelbart, otherwise an experienced inventor and member of the Stanford Research Institute (SRI), argues that he never had financial gains from the invention of the mouse. The SRI, in whose name it was patented, did not recognize the importance of the mouse, so it was licensed to Apple for only $ 40,000.

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