Will your lunch violate intellectual property laws?

by Ted Frank on April 20, 2009

In Patent Application No. WO/2006/068863 (h/t The Browser), McDonald’s claims:

A method of making a sandwich composed of at least a bread component and sandwich garnish comprising: placing sandwich garnish material on a sandwich assembly tool, the sandwich assembly tool comprising a region for holding sandwich garnish material to be applied to a bread component of a sandwich, the member comprising at least one cavity; placing the bread component over and adjacent the cavity; and thereafter inverting the sandwich assembly tool and the bread component while the bread is adjacent and covering the cavity to cause the sandwich garnish to be deposited from the cavity to the bread component.

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1 Fred 04.20.09 at 8:25 am

McDonald’s does not trust our employees with knives.

2 VMS 04.20.09 at 8:30 am

This is a patent application, not a patent, BUT….

One has to wonder about the wisdom of filing such an application in the first place. It is not only obvious, but it was done before.

It does however have entertainment value and therefore advertising value to McDonalds. Keeping the company name in the spotlight, even in a stupid context, may influence a percentage of readers to have a Big Mac for lunch.

3 Tom T. 04.20.09 at 10:26 am

Do McDonalds’ workers know that the company refers to them as “sandwich assembly tools”?

4 mojo 04.20.09 at 5:23 pm

Don’t forget to patent that “Lettuce Alignment Tool”, pal…

5 Mark Biggar 04.20.09 at 7:14 pm

So McDonald’s wants to patent “hands”. Can I have the patent on “feet” or maybe “eyes”, that sounds very profitable.

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