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Patenting the Sandwich

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2008_11_mcdpatent.jpgMcDonald's claims it has made a new invention for making sandwiches, and the company wants it patented in Europe and the US: "The assembly tool contains a 'cavity' into which the sandwich-maker places the garnish...and the condiments...A 'bread component' is then placed over the cavity and the assembly tool 'inverted' to tip out the contents...It also describes how to make cocktail sandwiches, by taking a full-sized version that is 'cut up into smaller pieces'." So far, the UK patent office at least isn't buying it. [Guardian]

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