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The mouse was invented by Douglas Engelbart and he received patent US3541541 for it on November 17, 1970. The ball mouse was invented by Bill English while he was working for Xerox, which also happens to be where Bill Gates first saw one used with a GUI and stole the idea for Windows.
if your read it it tells you that they are not trying to patent a mouse at all, they are patenting the idea that a button on something like a palm pilot can be used not just for one function but based on the amount of time pressed several, basically like pressing it launches a shell, holding it for a second or longer launches a shell with root privileges or something like that, really nothing to do with a mouse but still a pretty universal idea