Stories by Martin Goetz

Opinion: Why banning pure software inventions from patent system makes no sense

As the recipient of the first software patent in 1968, I have been following (and written about) the software patent controversy in the United States for almost 50 years. This issue remains fiercely controversial throughout the world, including in the US. But in the US, unlike New Zealand, software-related patents, including pure software patents, have been issued by the thousands for the last 30 plus years.