Is there a patent of making stuffed crust pizza? 6 Answers as of September 10, 2013

Is the patent of making stuffed crust pizza for a certain pizza place expired? Can we research on it, making it better and apply it in our restaurants? Thank you.

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Gerald R. Black, Esq.
Gerald R. Black, Esq. | Gerald R. Black
In order to be patentable, the invention must be new, useful, and not obvious. Recipes are indeed patentable subject matter and protectable either by defining a new and useful process or as a composition of matter. One way to overcome an obviousness rejection is to demonstrate to the Patent Examiner that there are certain aspects of the recipe that are counter-intuitive. So if you are going to try and patent a recipe ask yourself are there any process steps that are unique, or even bizarre. One disadvantage with trying to Patent the recipe is that the inventor must make a full disclosure of the recipe including the ingredients and the process for making the product. If the Patent does not issue, there is the risk that the recipe will be disclosed to the public if the Patent Application is published. Another option that should be considered is to keep the recipe a trade secret. The recipe for Coca-Cola was kept a trade secret for over 100 years. However, the company must go to extraordinary lengths to keep the recipe secret even from its own employees. It is advised that you seek the advice of counsel on this matter to determine the best way for you to go forward.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 9/10/2013
Webb IP Law Group
Webb IP Law Group | Jason P Webb
You don't want to ask that question online in a public forum. You should go talk with a patent attorney in private.
Answer Applies to: Utah
Replied: 9/9/2013
Law Office of Kirk Buhler
Law Office of Kirk Buhler | Kirk A Buhler
Our search sows patent 6,048,556 for "Method for making stuffed pizza crust". The patent issued on April 11, 2000. If all of the maintenance fees are paid the patent will expire on October 30, 2019. US patent 5,865,107 is for an "Apparatus for making a stuffed pizza crust.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 9/9/2013
Banner & Witcoff, Ltd. | Ernie Linek
You can search for pizza patents on the USPTO website - www.uspto.gov and at the Google patent website - www.google.com/patents - among others. If you find a relevant patent during your search - you should contact a patent attorney for more information before you take any further action.
Answer Applies to: Massachusetts
Replied: 9/9/2013
Sebby Law Office
Sebby Law Office | Jayne Sebby
You can search the patent records at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's website: www.uspto.gov.
Answer Applies to: Nebraska
Replied: 9/9/2013
    Tran & Associates | Bao Tran
    PowerPatent has a patent software called ProvisionalBuilder(R) that automatically searches for similar ideas. As you enter the title and summary, the software runs an automatic search to suggest similar patents you should look at to see how similar patents are written. You should get patent application as soon as you can to prevent others from copying you. This is important as we move into the First to File era. Software costs $99 so it i very inexpensive yet guides you to prepare a high quality patent application that one year later you can turn to a lawyer to convert into a utility application for you. A feature summary is at http://www.powerpatent.com/prwelcome THe software helps you organize information, and through your summary description, brings back sample patents in the same field for you to use as examples.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 9/9/2013
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