Last week , I came across a thought-provoking article in The Wall Street Journal about “Why You Can’t ‘Own’ a Recipe“. The author, who worked as an intellectual property lawyer for more than a decade, discusses to what extent ownership might or might not be asserted over recipes and food.
Do read the article to find out, in addition to more about the Cronut™, what a “chocolate patent” is, and how copyright applies to the written expression of recipes – not to the idea behind them or to the taste of the food.
The other important point is, of course, how on earth (if at all) do we translate these inventions? 🙂