This article posted on our partner site discusses an ever-increasing legal issue in the food industry: whether chefs and others in the food industry can use legal means to prevent others from copying their, often iconic, food designs and arrangements for commercial gain. The author notes that, for instance, copyright law can protect a chef’s culinary creation as an original, creative expression, but only if it has highly creative features separable from its features as a useful article. Other, but perhaps more difficult, means of legally protecting culinary creations include patent law, trade secret, and intellectual property law. For the drafters of an intellectual property license or transfer agreement, this is a good read for thinking about the nature of intellectual property that may need to be captured and inventoried for transfer, as well as of some of the related complexities.


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