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We offer a variety of different printing styles and materials. Choose from a standard size of 12" X 18" or a large format 24" X 36". On a majority of our products choose from high resolution heavyweight poster print paper (framed or non-framed), a deluxe hardwood print, canvas or metal prints. To learn more about our material options and sizing, click here.

Apple Mouse Patent Print

Step back in time and celebrate a milestone in computer history with the Apple Mouse Patent Print from Retro Patents. This striking print meticulously reproduces the original patent illustrations filed by inventors Douglas Engelbart and William English, who played pivotal roles in the development of the iconic Apple mouse.

The print features detailed exploded views of the mouse, showcasing the ingenuity and mechanical complexity of this revolutionary device. Each aspect of the invention is captured with precision, from the intricate inner workings to the sleek, user-friendly design that would become synonymous with Apple's approach to technology.

Rendered in a classic monochrome style, the print is both an homage to the past and a timeless addition to any modern setting. The date of June 19, 1982, marks the era when this patent was sealed, and the patent number US 4,464,652 lends authenticity and a touch of exclusivity to your print.

Printed on superior quality paper, the Apple Mouse Patent Print is designed to endure, making it a perfect gift for tech enthusiasts, history buffs, or anyone with an appreciation for design. It serves as a daily reminder of how far technology has come and the innovative minds that have paved the way.

Add a conversation piece to your home or office with this captivating print, available exclusively from Retro Patents. It's not just wall art – it's a piece of history. Shop now and own a fragment of the legacy that changed computing forever.


The History


Lapson et al, July 19, 1982.

In 1979, Apple was planning a business computer and arranged a visit with Xerox Parc research center to view some of their experimental technology. It was there they discovered the mouse, invented by Douglas Engelbart while he was working at SRI International.

One of the biggest problems was that the three button Xerox mouse cost over US$400 to build, which was not practical for a consumer-based personal computer. Apple commissioned Hovey-Kelley Design (which later became IDEO) to assist them with the mouse design, which had to be redesigned to cost US$25 instead of US$400. Hundreds of prototypes later, Apple settled on a single button mouse, roughly the size of a deck of cards which can be seen in this patent print. 

This patent titled 'Cursor Control Device for use with Display Systems' was filed on the 19th of July, 1982. Included with the Lisa system in 1983, this mouse was unique in that it used a steel ball, instead of the usual rubber found in subsequent and modern mice. It connected to the computer by means of a standard DE-9 and unique squeeze-release connector.

It was this mouse that established Apple's mouse as a one-button device for over 20 years. Apple used the exact same internal components in a different housing for the Macintosh mouse a few years later. 

The basic approach—pairing a freely-rolling ball with a optoelectronic system—was used by generations of mice that followed, changing only incrementally until optical mice did away with trackballs altogether. A brilliant invention that is captured in all its glory in this limited edition patent print. 

Want to know more about the Apple Mouse patent print? We have created a description page here.

Print - Available in 12" x 18" or 24" x 36":

  • Using Epson UltraChrome water based HDR ink-jet technology
  • Basis Weight: 192 gsm
  • Media Thickness: 10.3 mil (0.26 mm)
  • ISO Brightness: 104%
  • Opacity: 94%

Framed Print - Available in 12" x 18" or 24" x 36":

  • Ayous wood .75″ (1.9 cm) thick frame from renewable forests
  • Paper thickness: 10.3 mil (0.26 mm)
  • Acrylite front protector
  • Hanging hardware included

Canvas - Available in 24" x 36":

  • Acid-free, PH-neutral, poly-cotton base
  • 20.5 mil (0.5 mm) thick canvas
  • Printed on textured and fade-resistant canvas (OBA-Free)
  • Mounting brackets included
  • Hand-glued solid wood stretcher bars
  • 1.5″ (3.81 cm) deep

Metal - Available in 24" x 36":

  • Aluminum metal surface
  • MDF wood backing frame
  • An additional coating applied for true color replication
  • Scratch and fade resistant

Deluxe Hardwood - Available in 12" x 18" or 24" x 36":

  • Premium plaque
  • High Definition hardwood print
  • Glass like finish
  • No need for frame
  • Lifetime protective seal 
  • Currently shipping in the U.S. only

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