For several years, one of the biggest shifts in the legal job market is the steady demand for specialized expertise. The career potential is high for skilled talent with industry or practice-area specialization. Both employers and clients are looking for efficiencies and value found in subject matter experts.
The framers of the U.S. Constitution were not wrong. Patents did serve an important purpose during the days when technological advances happened over decades or centuries. In today's era of exponentially advancing technologies, however, patents have become the greatest inhibitor to innovation and are holding the United States back.
For a century, Peter Baldwin, a professor of history at the University of California, Los Angeles and at New York University, points out, the United States, far more than its counterparts in Europe, had balanced encouraging authorial creativity (and appropriate remuneration) against enhancing the public good through the diffusion of knowledge.
The first successful application for a sound mark was registered in 1978 and was filed by NBC. Thirty-five years out, it is still a notoriously long and difficult process. So when I'm asked by another business owner if they can trademark a sound, I always have to give a "yes, but..." answer for the following reasons.