Patently Absurd: Ham Sandwich Edition
| Peter Klein |
On a day when the scope of patent law is being hotly debated before the Supreme Court, there’s news that McDonald’s has filed a 55-page patent application in Europe and the United States claiming “intellectual property rights” on how to make a hot deli sandwich. . . .
The application discusses the “simultaneous toasting of a bread component” and inserting condiments into the sandwich with a “sandwich delivery tool.” The filling is placed in the ‘bread component’. The application explains: “Often the sandwich filling is the source of the name of the sandwich; for example, ham sandwich.”
The “hotly debated” case mentioned above is KSR International v. Teleflex, one of the most important patent cases to reach the US Supreme Court in years. I’m rooting for KSR.