ComputerWorld: Unsung innovators: Marty Goetz, holder of first software patent
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Date: 03 Dec 2007 12:57
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In 1965, Marty Goetz filed the first software patent in history -- sparking a 15-year controversy about whether that should even be allowed. In the 1960s, he led a challenge against IBM's monopoly, in particular its bundling of various software programs as part of its operating systems. That business practice, in which all the major hardware vendors of the day engaged, had the result of locking out software innovators. [...] "Hardware was patentable, so why not software?" Goetz says.
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