Geoff Goodfellow

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Geoff Goodfellow is associated with early wireless email ventures. In 1982 he posted a message titled "Electronic Mail for People on the Move" in an arpanet mailing list called Telecom Digest.[1] In the early 1990s Goodfellow attempted to commercialize this concept in a product called RadioMail. In 1992, Radiomail entered into a partnership with Research in Motion, RAM Mobile Data, and Ericsson. Goodfellow left the company in 1996.

Goodfellow, a contributor to the Jargon File and participant in the early days of the Silicon Valley computer culture, did not believe in patenting his idea. He told The New York Times, "You don't patent the obvious...The way you compete is to build something that is faster, better, cheaper. You don't lock your ideas up in a patent and rest on your laurels." ( See NY Times, "In Silicon Valley, a Man Without a Patent", by John Markoff, April 16, 2006)

The inventor, Thomas J. Campana Jr., was granted several patents covering his inventions related to the practical implementation of wireless e-mail. In 2006, after a protracted legal battle, (See NTP Inc.) Research in Motion had to pay $US 615 million to obtain rights to these patents.

In 2006 Goodfellow began researching the cause, nature and origin of the critical state of disharmony on our planet.


  1. ^ 1982 message digest

Geoff Goodfellow was born in Adelaide in 1949 and started to write poetry since 1983. His three poetry collections “No Collars No Cuffs, Bow Tie & Tails and No Ticket No Start” (Triggers, Turning experiences into Poetry, Copyright © Geoff Goodfellow, 1992.) are used in schools all over Australia. He conducts performances and writing workshops in schools, colleges and universities, correctional institutions, on building sites and in corporate boardrooms.

External links[edit]

  • Discussion of the arpanet issue on the blog Techdirt
  • Wallstreet Journal Law Blog [1] "Goodfellow couldn’t come up with much documentation on his initial invention"

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