Can one patent a recipe?
A post in the Montreal Gazette discusses plagiarism of recipes and includes the text:
Patents involving the word recipe in the claims:
8,840,942: Food product and method and apparatus for baking
8,623,437: Combination breadsticks and pizza product
7,851,008: High fat to protein ratio egg yolk product and methods for making and utilizing same ,
2. A mayonnaise recipe having the following ingredients in the following proportions: TABLE-US-00011 Ingredient Unit Amount (wt.) Sugar 1.4 Salt 1.7 Garlic Powder 0.1 Onion Powder 0.1 Dried High Ratio Yolk prepared 3.0 according to the process of claim 1 City Water 5.9 Vinegar 5% 8.0 Lemon Juice 1.5 Dried Albumin 0.3 Canola Oil 78.0 100.00.
3. A pancake recipe having the following ingredients in the following proportions: TABLE-US-00012 Ingredient Unit Amount (Wt.) Wheat Flour 54.2 Corn Flour 14.5 Dried Milk Ingredients 11.3 Oil 5.8 Sugar 5.8 Dried High Ratio Yolk prepared 4.6 according to the process of claim 1 Double Acting Baking Powder 3.8 Salt 1.0 Lecithin 0.5 Water 115.