Before founding ArtistShare, Brian had been working as an independent artist for most of his life.  He was taught early on that upon finishing writing a piece of music he should immediately send it to the copyright office for registration.   In the world of music it is standard practice to copyright one's work since revenues from licensing are a significant and sometimes the only source of income for an artist.  

In the fall of 2000, Brian knew that ArtistShare was going to be an important project for him.  He also knew that he would be dedicating many years of his life (as well as his life's savings) to realizing this vision. He considers himself lucky to have people around who encouraged him to continue to protect his inventions and intellectual property through copyright, trademarks and patents. Brian filed a patent for his new invention in July of 2002 with a full disclosure of the specific mechanics through specifications and diagrams which was made public in 2003.  U.S. patent 7,885,887 was issued in February 2011 when the patent office agreed that the invention was both novel and patentable at the time of filing in 2002. 

Today Brian continues to work on new inventions and tries to convey the importance of intellectual property to aspiring inventors and entrepreneurs as a form of protection in today's highly competitive business world.

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PATENTS

US Patent 7,885,887 (issued) - Methods and apparatuses for financing and marketing a creative work

Filed on March 31, 2003

Priority date July 9, 2002


US Patent Application 13/658477 (pending)  - Methods and apparatuses for financing and marketing a creative work

Filed on July 9, 2012

Priority date July 9, 2002


US Patent Application 14/522,114 (pending)

Filed on October, 23, 2014

Priority date July 9, 2002