40th Anniversary of the Patent on the Mouse

Here’s something to tip your hat to – today marks the 40th anniversary of Doug Engelbart receiving the U.S. patent for the mouse on Nov 17, 1970. For more on the story behind the mouse,  see the Father of the Mouse webpage at the Doug Engelbart Institute website. To see the approved patent from 1970, see the Mouse Patent page at the Stanford University MouseSite.

Although the mouse represents a profound innovation in and of itself, it was a mere byproduct of the vision Doug Engelbart set out to implement in the early 1960s.  To see an early demo of the technology, see the Mother of All Demos page.

For background on his driving vision, which is more salient today than ever before, see Doug’s Vision Highlights.

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