NPR Episode 399: Can You Patent A Steak?
- Posted on 31st August 2012
- in Dr. Tony Mata, Oklahoma State University, Patents, Robert M. Kerr Food & Agricultural Products Center
- by stripmin
Tony Mata is a meat inventor; his job is figuring out new things to do with meat. He thinks he recently discovered a new steak — a novel way to cut up a chunk of beef that’s currently not worth much. Mata is so excited about his discovery that he’s trying to patent it.
This raises a basic question: Can you patent a steak?
On today’s show, we talk to Mata. We visit the workshop of Gene Gagliardi, the inventor of Steak-Umm and KFC’s popcorn chicken. And we try to figure out what meat inventors tell us about patents and innovation.
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