Can you patent a steak?

Posted on October 4, 2012 by



By: Bethany Richardson

At the suggestion from a friend, I listened to an NPR segment on patenting technology to create new cuts of meat.  Eugene Gagliardi, the inventor of Steak-Umm, as well as his lawyer, are interviewed.  While this segment is on the longer side, it is a very interesting story on intellectual property in the food science world.  The broadcast discusses the products themselves, but also serves as an education on what patents are and offers up a debate on whether or not these ideas really are worth patenting.

Give it a listen and let us know what you think! Are innovations that seem so simple truly worthy of intellectual property rights?

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