PBS Digital Studios continues their great work with Inventors. Inventors is a series of portrait videos by filmmaker and photographer David Friedman, chronicling the work of contemporary inventors from all walks of life. It offers rare glimpses into the inspiration for their creations. Here we take a look at the very first software patent and the invention of the digital camera.
There's a good chance that you've heard about the controversy around software patents, but you probably don't know the story of Martin Goetz, who got the very first software patent in 1968. Today, some people say that software patents owned by big companies end up stifling innovation in small companies, but the first software patent was a tool that enabled a small company to compete against a big corporation.
You can see the first ever software patent here.
For a more complete and nuanced look at Martin Goetz's views on software patents, see the article he wrote for zdnet.