Patent: Invention for Making a Sandwich


Old-school, uninventive sandwich.

U.S. Patent No. 6,599,545, issued July 29, 2003, is for the new and exciting invention of “Method for making a sandwich.”

To be patentable, an invention must be new, useful and nonobvious. Does this one qualify?

Because it’s such a technical subject, let’s first explore the “The Background Art” of the invention as described in the patent:

Sandwiches typically comprise two slices of bread, and a combination of sandwich fixings disposed between the bread slices.

That’s food for deep thought. Har har. Now that we understand the background art, let’s explore the invention itself, which is:

A method for inserting one foodstuff, such as sandwich fixings, into a second foodstuff, such as a bread bun, which includes forming a cavity in the second foodstuff.

Way over my head, but deconstructed, it appears that invention is: Drill a hole in a bun and jam some cold cuts in there.

U.S. Patent No. 6,599,545, issued July 29, 2003. Thanks to David Barman.

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Andrew Jay McClurg is a law professor whose teaching and research interests include tort law, products liability, legal education, privacy law and firearms policy. He holds the Herbert Herff Chair of Excellence in Law at the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law.
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