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Old 03-23-2006, 04:01 PM   #1
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Not sure if you can patent the sauce but you can copywrite / patent things like the name, label design, bottle shape, etc.
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Old 03-23-2006, 04:06 PM   #2
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I don't know ... and will leave you with this... This is something you need to speak to a Lawyer about. .... no matter what anyone says. This type of stuff, is NOT something that should be asked ... or answered on a public internet forum.
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Old 03-23-2006, 04:11 PM   #3
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Re: Legal Question Regarding Recipe

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Originally Posted by Jo-Cat
If one of my non-scratch Ingredients is Worchester sauce can I still patent my sauce?

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What you could do is make you own Worchester sauce and then just list the ingredients.

But, actually I think you could anyway. Worchester sauce is a old recipe and many companies bottle it.
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Old 03-23-2006, 04:12 PM   #4
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TexLaw was talking about this type of thing last Saturday at the Gator Pit cookoff. Shoot him a PM and have a chat.
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Old 03-23-2006, 09:29 PM   #5
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If you are going to produce a sauce or rub and have it commercially produced you sign a confidentiality agreement with the company that makes it for you. I don't know of getting patents on food. As an example there a number different companies make Worchester Sauce but the recipes are different, none have a patent on the sauce. The fact you use someone elses product would create problems for you to get a patent.
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PS: worchester can be had in a it's powder form, it will cost you less than buying it in a bottled form.
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Old 03-23-2006, 10:55 PM   #6
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I always thought it was "Worchestershire" sauce.
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Old 03-24-2006, 05:19 AM   #7
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You cannot patent a "recipe" or "formula." This is why company's keep them under "lock and key." It doesn't matter if it is for a rub, sauce, rubber compound, or explosive. Woody
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I think you can TradeMark them though.

Harley has a TradeMark on the "Sound" of a Harley.
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Old 03-24-2006, 07:58 AM   #9
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Yeah, try and prove that one in court! If you trademark a recipe, that still doesn't stoip people from copying it! You just cannot say you are copying it.
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Thanks Woodlawyer. #-o
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Old 03-24-2006, 08:28 AM   #11
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It's a copyright issue, from my understanding, you can not copyright the ingredient list of a recipe, however, you may copyright the description of the process of making the recipe.

There was a fairly big discussion of this recently on another forum involving drbbq's book, and this seemed to be the consensus of opinion.

Trademarks have to do with brand names or "nicknames" of products, i.e. Weedeater, Nike Swoosh design, etc.

1. Patent law - protects inventions that are novel, useful, and nonobvious by granting its owner the right to exclude others from making, using, or selling the claimed invention.
2. Copyright law - protects authors of creative works such as books, movies, art from any unauthorized copying, reproduction or distribution of their work. Protects only the expression and not the idea of the work.
3. Trademark law - protects the name or mark associated with the product to which they are attached. A trademark is any word, name, symbol, color or sound that is adopted and used by a company to identify its goods and distinguish them from those manufactured or sold by others. Service mark is the same as a trademark but identifies a service and not a product.
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Bruce is correct. Ingredient lists cannot be copyrighted nor can procedures. The terms one uses to describe the procedures and any commentary one uses to describe the recipe is copyrightable.

"Worcestershire" sauce is generic. It can be listed as an ingredient but whether or not you do is relative to the ratio of its quantity compared to the rest of the ingredients (by weight or volume depending on the nature of the item). To avoid potential legal issues (and/or to hide the fact that it's included) most manufacturers list the individual Worcestershire sauce ingredients in their ingredient list instead. This is also frequently the case with sauces and condiments that include ketchup, prepared mustard and other similar mixtures as one or more of the ingredients in the sauce.
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Old 03-24-2006, 05:07 PM   #13
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Exactly...which is why there is Lea and Perrins Woos sauce, French's woos sauce, etc.
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