When my patent (well, my name is on it, but it belongs to Kaiser Aluminum, really) was filed in 1969, there had been only one other patent granted for software: a sorting algorithm invented by Martin Goetz. However, Goetz' patent was written in such a way that it appeared to be a hardware invention. That's if you can wade through the "patentese"!
I tried to read it, but gave up when I realized that every third word was "means." "A means herein means a means to . . ." throughout. No wonder they granted it. I'll bet the Patent Office had never seen anything like that before. Here was new technology in the writing of patent applications, if nothing else.
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