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Mike Pool
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food patent
« on: Jun 26th, 2006, 2:35pm »
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I own a restaurant and sell a product that has become very popular.  I have changed/modified the recipe and want to sell as a grocery item.  This item is currently unavailable in stores.  I would like to present this item to a large brand company but want to protect my idea.  Do I need a patent or copyright?  If I get a patent does the recipe become public; and thus, subject to adjustment and copy?
 
Thanks.
 
 
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Re: food patent
« Reply #1 on: Jun 26th, 2006, 6:38pm »
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Mike wrote "I own a restaurant and sell a product that has become very popular."
 
It could be that your brand name, i.e. trademark, is your most valuable piece of intellectual property.  Given that your product has become very popular in your area,  "Mike Pool's" or whatever name your restauant uses could differentiate your product from the others that might be found on the grocery shelf.
 
Consider that Wolfgang Puck, Emeril Lagasse, and many others have used their name to sell grocery products.  You may be able to do the same.
 
Good luck.
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