Apple's next mouse may not carry 'Mighty' moniker

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in Future Apple Hardware edited January 2014
A small accessory maker announced Wednesday that it was officially awarded registration of the "Mighty Mouse" trademark, suggesting Apple's new hardware could have a different name.



Man & Machine CEO Clifton Broumand said the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office made the trademark registration official this week. Years ago, his company sued both Apple and CBS for the use of the name Mighty Mouse, which it uses for its own desktop computer mouse. As a result of the suit, Broumand said, Man & Machine was granted the exclusive right to the name.



"Others have used the name Mighty Mouse for their computer mice and have sought registration of that trademark, but now the United States government has spoken," Broumand said. "We look forward to the continuation and expansion of the Mighty Mouse line of waterproof mice.” "



His company's Mighty Mouse is a dishwasher-safe product that can be easily cleaned to help prevent infectious diseases. Apple's own Mighty Mouse is a multi-button mouse with a scroll ball.



Apple licenses the Mighty Mouse name from CBS, which owns trademarks associated with the cartoon character. But with this week's trademark ruling, Broumand said the name is now owned by his company. He told AppleInsider that Apple has not approached Man & Machine to use the Mighty Mouse name.



Sources have said that Apple plans to introduce a new multi-touch mouse that will do away with the Mighty Mouse's mechanical roller ball. The new mouse is said to marry hardware and software to provide a unique, intuitive new feel in scroll navigation.
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  • Reply 1 of 85
    MacProMacPro Posts: 17,382member
    I doubt the mighty mouse will be missed too much! Changing the name seems like a good idea.
  • Reply 2 of 85
    intenseintense Posts: 106member
    I am using two mice, and I wish I had a solution

    a mouse that functions on multiple computers would be interesting
  • Reply 3 of 85
    zandroszandros Posts: 537member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Intense View Post


    I am using two mice, and I wish I had a solution

    a mouse that functions on multiple computers would be interesting



    http://synergy2.sourceforge.net/
  • Reply 4 of 85
    Or there is a mac-only donation-ware:



    http://abyssoft.com/software/teleport/
  • Reply 5 of 85
    teckstudteckstud Posts: 6,476member
    HAHA- That's a classic case of mis-nomenclature.

    It was actually more like a MealyMouse.

    I'm using my half operative one right now.
  • Reply 6 of 85
    iMouse



    - or -



    MobileMouse
  • Reply 7 of 85
    Does this mean I can now throw my Mighty Mouse in the dishwasher?
  • Reply 8 of 85
    teckstudteckstud Posts: 6,476member
    When is it's unveiling?
  • Reply 9 of 85
    801801 Posts: 271member
    What are we going to do with this guy?

    I don't think we want to piss him off...

  • Reply 10 of 85
    irelandireland Posts: 17,223member
    I'm sure the Trademark Crappymouse® is available!
  • Reply 11 of 85
    teckstudteckstud Posts: 6,476member
    Well now that Jobs owns Disney- why doesn't he just call it MickeyMouse?



  • Reply 12 of 85
    Is this the beginning of the big Holiday Season?



    And you guys bitch about Microsoft not innovating.



    Apple hasn't made a descent mouse in their entire history of hardware.



    The Holiday shopping is going to be Great for the Sheep.



    Let me guess...



    Apple made a mouse that doesn't cost $1,000.
  • Reply 13 of 85
    macosxpmacosxp Posts: 152member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by gearhunter View Post


    iMouse



    - or -



    MobileMouse



    I think "Apple Mouse" might just be the name. They don't sell an "iKeyboard" now do they?



    iMouse Touch would be cool :P
  • Reply 14 of 85
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by gearhunter View Post


    iMouse



    - or -



    MobileMouse



    or how about "Mouse"?
  • Reply 15 of 85
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by NonVendorFan View Post


    Apple hasn't made a descent mouse in their entire history of hardware.






  • Reply 16 of 85
    teckstudteckstud Posts: 6,476member
  • Reply 17 of 85
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by teckstud View Post


    Well now that Jobs owns Disney- why doesn't he just call it MickeyMouse?







    rather MackeyMouse



    ...but seriously, it doesn't matter what name do they choose. And what if the new mouse won't be funcionally a mouse anymore.

    Or I can also imagine a plain mouse with touch pad on the top. You hold it with your thumb and the little finger and move it as you did with the mouse, and the other three fingers can do the gestures on the touch sensitive top.

    Maybe it could cause pain, so they can find other ways to fix it to your palm for the moving instead of holding it with those two fingers.
  • Reply 18 of 85
    "We look forward to the continuation and expansion of the Mighty Mouse line of waterproof mice.” "





    Oh sure. I'm sure IF Apple wants, they will throw them a certain amount of $$$$, and there go those plans.



    If Apple wants the name, they will pay for it.......NEXT



    Sorry about the typo.

    $$$$$....The Mighty Mouse Name is NOT CHANGING $$$$$
  • Reply 19 of 85
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by ThinkingDifferent View Post






    it could be a nice and stylish iPod Dock but they invented it too early, and couldn't finish the connection part, then someone labeled it wrongly as a mouse.
  • Reply 20 of 85
    dcj001dcj001 Posts: 301member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Intense View Post


    I am using two mice, and I wish I had a solution

    a mouse that functions on multiple computers would be interesting



    http://www.amazon.com/Logitech-Bluet.../dp/B000UY3NR8
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