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 Foods and recipes can be patented under Patent Class 426. This rule applies to foods and edible items. Food is considered a composition of matter under the law, making it one of the patentable categories. An innovator can come up with a novel composition that uniquely changes the structure. To put it another way, a chef may demonstrate originality by creating a recipe that no one has ever tried.

Patent for Food or Recipe

The criteria for patents

1. It must not be self-evident to a non-specialist in the field:

This indicates that a typical chef would need assistance making the same meal or recipe using the same materials. 35 U.S.C. 103 contains the standards for fulfilling the non-obvious criteria. The Supreme Court's 1966 decision in Graham v. John Deere is the applicable court case that puts this statute to the test.

2. It needs to be unique:

Proving newness is one of the most crucial prerequisites for an invention. The patent application procedure has a common-sense component to it. Any invention that has already been made is ineligible for a patent. The same is true of meals and recipes. The new creation must have distinctive characteristics that indicate it is unique. This isn't easy to demonstrate in the realm of food. Many of the ingredients and cooking processes used in the world's finest pizza are likely found in other pizzas. The patent applicant must describe what distinguishes the new, more delicious pizza from all others that have come before it.

3. It must be useful:

An invention must be worthwhile. In the perspective of the USPTO, an innovation that serves no function is worthless. For a food patent claim, this isn't a tough matter to show. Any food that people may safely consume has a specific value. Although certain recipes will be more valuable than others, the basic rule is that all new foods and dishes must meet the utility criteria.

4. Complete transparency is essential:

For culinary inventions, an extra step is to demonstrate how to produce the product. The technique must be explained in full by the inventor. This explanation must teach others in such a way that anybody may replicate it without "undue experimentation."

What Kinds of Foods Have Food Patents?

Food patents are also used in the following ways:

1. Changing the shape of a meal: In some cases, the physical appearance of food might win a patent.

2. Creating combinations: A taste combination is something that a person can patent in specific circumstances. Patent US3117871, for example, was granted for the storing of peanut butter and jelly in the same container.

3. Enhancing flavour: This sort of innovation is critical. It is, however, difficult to demonstrate. Taste and taste are not universally agreed up on.

4. Improving textures: Depending on the components, certain batters and doughs cook differently. A food patent can be obtained for any technique that exchanges components to make the meal tastier, easier to produce, or with a superior texture.

5. Increasing shelf life: Extending a product's storage duration to keep it fresher for longer is a significant breakthrough.

6. Making things healthier: This includes lowering a food's calorie count or making something vegan.

7. Making meals easier to prepare: allowing anything to be cooked in a microwave or any other invention that speeds up the cooking process.

What Are the Steps to Obtaining a Food Patent?

To file for a food patent, you must first complete the following steps:

  1.         Confirm that you fulfil all of the patent criteria, giving special attention to novelty.       
  2.        It would help if you had a "new and non-obvious" culinary invention.
  3.        Lookup existing patents in the patent database
  4.         Complete form PTO/SB/05
  5.        Explicitly describe your invention
  6.        Include any relevant drawings in the application. Complete a declaration form
  7.         Submit form PTO/SB/17 together with the application fee
  8.        Submit an official request for a food patent