Martin Goetz

Martin Goetz

Martin Goetz is a pioneer in the development of the commercial software industry, and is known within the industry as “the Father of Third Party Software.” He is also widely regarded as the inventor on the first software patent ever granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office, U.S. Patent No. 3,380,029.

PBS Digital Studios profiled Goetz and his pursuit of the first software patent in the YouTube video below.

In 2007, Goetz was the “Unsung Innovator” of the computer industry by ComputerWorld. Goetz is also a member of the Mainframe Hall of Fame.


Posts by Martin Goetz


50 Years of Controversy Rages On: A Closer Look at Computer-Implemented Inventions

This article reviews the 50 years of controversy on software patents. Because there continues to be a cloud over computer-implemented inventions, the article makes the argument, through indisputable …
By Martin Goetz
3 years ago 26

After Alice: Is New Legislation Needed? Before Alice: Was there a Precedent?

the Courts have found it difficult to use the Mayo two-part test in the examination of a patent’s validity thus creating great uncertainty... One should not …
By Martin Goetz
4 years ago 7

Lifting the Fog on ‘Software Patents’ – Eliminate that Meaningless Term

Clearly, one does not get a patent on software or a computer program. Software, just like electronic circuits, or steam, or solar energy, or gears, or rubber …
By Martin Goetz
4 years ago 14

Why Alice v. CLS Bank is a Victory for Software Patents

Based on the Supreme Court decision and the Patent Office guidelines it is clear to me that the Alice Supreme Court decision is a major victory for …
By Martin Goetz
5 years ago 6

Why E-mail & Word Processing Were Not Computer-Implemented Inventions: A Response to Alice v CLS Bank Oral Arguments

Certain things are obvious. It was obvious in the oral arguments that it was a challenge for both the Supreme Court judges and the lawyers to distinguish …
By Martin Goetz
6 years ago 48

Misnomers, Myths, Misunderstandings and Misconceptions about Software Patents

By Martin Goetz, inventor on the first software patent granted by the USPTO: "Much of this negativism is based on the poor job the US patent examiners …
By Martin Goetz
6 years ago 29

Why the Supreme Court in the CLS Bank v. Alice Case Should Not Answer the Question on Computer-Implemented Invention

Article written by Martin Goetz... Over the years the term “software” has been terribly abused when a patent application has a computer in its specifications. We hear …
By Martin Goetz
6 years ago 76