The first applications under the Patent Cooperation Treaty were filed on 1st June 1978. The treaty was signed in 1970 and came into effect on 24th January of 1978.
The world's first app store was built on the NeXTSTEP platform, the same on which the World Wide Web was developed by Sir Tim Berners-Lee. Electronic AppWrapper created by Paget Press, Inc. and released in 1991 was the world's first commercial electronic software distribution system to manage encryption and provide digital rights for applications, music and media. In other words, it was the world's first app store! [more...]