As I have discussed before, intellectual property laws generally don’t protect recipes. But what about a steak?
Oklahoma State University has stated that it is working to patent a new cut of steak. Jacob Nelson, a “value-added meat-processing specialist” at the university’s Robert M. Kerr Food & Agricultural Products Center, has created a new cut of steak called the “Vegas Strip Steak.” The steak is designed to rival the more famous, and not patented, New York Strip steak in terms of flavor and tenderness.
The University claims that it has discovered what they call “the latest and perhaps last steak to be found on the beef carcass.” According to Nelson, “the patent actually claims the kind of knife strokes that you make in order to create this cut of meat.”
While patenting a steak may seem ridiculous at first blush, it may have some validity. A patent of this type is known as a process patent. In this case the University hope to patent “an algorithm for butchering a cow,” rather than a product. This is similar to how business methods and software are patented.
However you slice it, I am now hungry.
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