Apple Patentmania: 31 Years of Big Ideas

A visual history of Apple patent filings: the brilliant, the bizarre, the just plain bad.

By  |  Monday, December 15, 2008 at 1:19 am

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Housing for Movable Cursor Control for a Video Display

Filed October 13th, 1983

From another patent filed the same day as the previous one, the original Mac mouse. (I’m assuming that this isn’t a depiction of an exceptionally early cordless model–the artist simply left off the cord.) Calling this a “movable cursor control” rather than a mouse is in the grand tradition of patents not doing a very good job of clearly explaining what they’re about.

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