Some time ago, we explored the possibilities of patenting a perfume. But do you know that recipes may also be patented in certain special circumstances?
Read this IP Conversation to find out what they are!
Hey IP Geek!
I was wondering if I can get my food recipe patented?
Is it possible?
Well, patents are given to inventions with novelty, inventive-step and utility.
A conventional food recipe would probably be ineligible, however it’s not impossible, depending on the jurisdiction.
If a food preparation recipe involves a unique and non-obvious process, ingredient, or combination of ingredients, it may be eligible for a patent.
For example, in 2019 Nestle received a patent for a chocolate recipe with reduced sugar content. This recipe processes the leftover pulp from the cocoa bean to substitute for traditional sweeteners.
Similarly, Pune based homemaker was also granted a patent for her ragi and walnut soup recipe.
This patent was granted because the recipe allowed the soup to be preserved for a long time without the addition of any artificial preservatives.
Wow! I did not think that even food recipes could be protected by IP!
Thanks for letting me know about this, IP Geek.
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