Apple Loses Mighty Mouse Trademark Fight

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The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office awarded use of the "Mighty Mouse" name to the peripheral maker Man & Machine on Wednesday, potentially ending Apple's use of the name for its own mouse.

Man & Machine makes its own line of computer pointing devices under the Mighty Mouse name, and was apparently bent out of shape that Apple was doing the same.

Apple was licensing the name from CBS, the owner of the trademark for the superhero cartoon character. Based on the USPTO decision, however, its trademark didn't extend to tech gear.

There's no word yet on whether or not Apple will try to license the Mighty Mouse trademark from Man & Machine, or if it will rebrand its mouse. Since Man & Machine is already actively using the trademark for its own pointing devices, it's more likely Apple will drop the name in favore of something else.

Thanks to TechCrunch for the heads up.]

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18 Comments Leave Your Own

Tiger

Time for a new name anyway. They can paint a big T on the mouse.

My T-Mouse.

Lee Dronick

Time for a new name anyway. They can paint a big T on the mouse.

My T-Mouse.

I am thinking that we will soon see a new Apple mouse, maybe one with a trackpad. The current “muscular” mouse as one big flaw and that is the track ball gunking up too easily and is too hard to clean.

dlstarr7

How about “Mightier Mouse”?

“Not the Hockey Puck Mouse”?

“Apple Multi Button Mouse”?

“Comfort Mouse”?

mrmwebmax

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I am thinking that we will soon see a new Apple mouse, maybe one with a trackpad. The current ?muscular? mouse as one big flaw and that is the track ball gunking up too easily and is too hard to clean.

Amen to that. I love the functionality of the Mighty Mouse, so long as its actually functioning. But there’s nothing more frustrating than having the trackball stick when you’re trying to scroll through a document. They should come up with a dome-shaped trackpad, IMHO.

Lee Dronick

How about ?Mightier Mouse??

?Not the Hockey Puck Mouse??

?Apple Multi Button Mouse??

?Comfort Mouse??

Or a small one meant for traveling called the “Minnie Mouse” or has that name already been taken. smile

Lee Dronick

Amen to that. I love the functionality of the Mighty Mouse, so long as its actually functioning. But there?s nothing more frustrating than having the trackball stick when you?re trying to scroll through a document. They should come up with a dome-shaped trackpad, IMHO.

I have two mice plugged in to my primary Mac. A Mighty Mouse used for precision work with clean hands and an old Logitech used when surfing the web while snacking.

Cleaning the Mighty Mouse ball. I dampen a Q-Tip with iKlear Screen, hold the ball from moving with my dirty fingernail, then clean the ball. Rotate the ball to different sector and clean again, repeat as necessary.

Khaled

Maybe Apple should just contract Logitech to make their mice

Nookster

What? Lick your ball then rub it against your clothes, job done in seconds, works on the Mighty Mouse too.

I’m more interested in being able to left click when the right side is pressed, that would bring Apple pointing tools into this century.

Lee Dronick

What? Lick your ball then rub it against your clothes,

In my dreams

I?m more interested in being able to left click when the right side is pressed, that would bring Apple pointing tools into this century.

Do mean the lower side buttons or the one on top right? The top right one can be set as the primary button. Those on the side don’t have that option. I I have those side buttons turned off, they are too sensitive.

Nookster

In my dreams

Just try it on the Mighty Mouse then.

Do mean the lower side buttons or the one on top right? The top right one can be set as the primary button. Those on the side don?t have that option. I I have those side buttons turned off, they are too sensitive.

I’m talking about the top sensor that pretends to be a proper left and right click, it’s only mouse I’ve ever used that won’t let you perform a right-click hold while left clicking, the design prevents it.

My sides seem to have the correct amount of stiffness - work fine when squeezed, and my ball loosens up with a quick lick’n'rub, but multi-fingering is what I’m most interested in.

Lee Dronick

I?m talking about the top sensor that pretends to be a proper left and right click, it?s only mouse I?ve ever used that won?t let you perform a right-click hold while left clicking, the design prevents it.

I guess feedback to Apple is the only choice for now unless there is some 3rd party app that lets us modify the mouse.

One other thing I don’t like about my wireless Mighty Mouse. It is significantly heavier than most wired ones. In the next generation wireless mouse I would like to see a built in smaller, and lighter, battery that when not in use can be recharged in a dock or something.

nickchrisgrandpa

I was going to ask the best way to unstick the scroll ball on the Mighty Mouse?

geoduck

Someone at Apple should be taken to task over this. They obviously made enough of a search to find the owners of the Mighty Mouse cartoon character. Either they did not know about the current trademarked MightyMouse product (incompetence), or they figured they could just run over this little company and take the name (hubris). Either way this really wasn’t cool and shouldn’t have happened.

Lee Dronick

I was going to ask the best way to unstick the scroll ball on the Mighty Mouse?

From my post above and embellished a bit: I dampen a Q-Tip with iKlear Screen, I hold the ball from moving with my fingernail, then clean that part of ball until it is no longer gunky looking. Rotate the ball to different sector, hold in place and clean again, repeat as necessary.

I also may use a can of compressed air. Press the ball in with the thin plastic nozzle, tilt it a bit so that the hole is not covered. Invert the mouse and spray in some air. This helps blow out any dust and dry any liquid cleaner that may have gotten inside.

There is document on cleaning the ball at the Apple Support website, but I have not had good luck with their procedure.

Prevention is the best bet. Get a cheap 3rd party mouse for casual use and for kids who may have grubby fingers. Use the mighty mouse for serious work with clean fingers.

nickchrisgrandpa

Thank you Sir Harry

Lee Dronick

Thank you Sir Harry

Your welcome. I like the precision of the Mighty Mouse, but I miss the days when we could easily open up a mouse to clean the ball and rollers.

Tim

Wonder if we’ll see Terry toons talking to Man and machine?

Michael H

Easy way to clean the trackball on the Mighty Mouse

Flip the mouse over and on a blank piece of paper, press the trackball into the paper, fairly hard.

The gunk will leave the trackball and deposit onto the paper.

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