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They Invented What? (No. 195)

Posted in They Invented What? by Jake Ward on February 9, 2011

U.S. Pat. No. 5,500,234: Crispy chip sandwich and process of producing a sandwich product.

What is claimed is:

1. A process of producing an improved multilayered crispy chip type sandwich food product suitable for being packaged and shipped to detail stores substantially without degradation of the crispyness of the chips, consisting of the steps of:
          selecting two or more crispy chips (11) from the group consisting of potato chips, corn chips, rice cakes, oat crackers and wheat crackers;
          coating at least one side of each said crispy chip with a marshmallow like food product;
          aligning said crispy chips in spaced apart disposition;
          inserting an intermediate filler food product selected from the group consisting of substances generally known as peanut butter, chocolate, coconut, jelly, jams, candy, marmalades, syrups, fruits and extracts, with each selected filler layer being disposed between and bonded to a respective pair of opposite facing said marshmallow like layers to form a substantially united food product of discrete food layers.

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  1. Copyright Attorney said, on February 10, 2011 at 3:32 am

    Here is a similar story

    A sandwich-sized crispy chip garnish is provided with desired color, flavor and surface presentations for use in a crispy chip sandwich.
    A sandwich product comprising: two bread portions including one of (i) two slices of bread, and (ii) two mating bun parts; a meat portion disposed between the bread portions; and a substantially flat, crispy chip garnish disposed between the meat portion and one of said bread portions, the crispy chip garnish being characterized as sized and shaped to substantially extend to the perimeter of said bread portions.

  2. patent litigation said, on February 15, 2011 at 2:37 am

    This looks perilously close to being a mere (i.e., patent-ineligible) recipe. Anyway, there’s probably not much of a chance that the claims will ever have to survive a challenge — especially because, if the patentee is sampling his/her own product, then s/he is unlikely to live long enough to bring a patent enforcement action against anyone.

  3. Patent Agents said, on March 8, 2011 at 4:21 pm

    lol pat-lit. Seems more each day American’s are eating that garbage. Now, they are so fond of it – they feel inclinded to patent it. Thanks Jake – always get a laugh from the endless list of these which you share with us.

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