The following is a patent for
Green Sweet Curry:
In a discussion with my roommates, I pointed out (in hindsight I guess incorrectly) that recipes are not patented but are protected by keeping them secret. I was surprised when my roommate countered by presenting me with the said link. It indeed seems like a recipe for
Green Sweet Curry.
The question that I now have is: how will the owner defend the patent? Is everyone forbidden to cook a curry which may fall within the recipe limits of the patent? Can the owner sue a restaurant which sells such a curry? I am not an expert in food (not even in Indian food), but ingredients in
Table 4 (note that the table has very wide ranges) is one of the ways you can make Indian chicken curry. Prima facie, it seems to me that it overlaps with a large number of recipes from a big portion of the continent of Asia. Am I missing something?
Based on the comment made by
George White, I am adding a different patent (since the original is an application and not a patent):
The patent is about making shaped snacks from crumbs. However, my original question still stands: is the recipe in the patents protected? For example, in this case, can I make and sell the snacks using the same recipe if I do not shape it?