Friday, April 08, 2005

A glimmer of hope today came from the US Court of Appeals - they rejected Smuckers' patent application for their PB&J "Uncrustables" sandwiches.

( I read about this case in the WSJ just the other day. Basically, the company claimed it had invented this process where they fuse two pieces of bread together and no one else should be able to "copy" them. Well, fortunately, the US Patent Office told them to go scratch because the same process existed since forever - think: ravioli and pie crust, folks.

This just goes to show you how out of hand both the patent process and the legal eagles are today. This case should ever even have made it to court. Any judge would have told Smuckers to also go scratch for being so petty. How much money did this whole thing cost? How much time wasted? Over what?

What kills me is that this lazy person's product has made the company millions since its debut. Jeez, how much time does it take to make your kid a freakin' sandwich?

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