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Earth and Table Law Reporter Blog

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The Recipe Copyright Title Bout of the 20th Century: Olney vs. Nelson vs. Beard

USA - November 15 2018 Richard Olney’s French Menu Cookbook (1970) and Simple French Food (1974) profoundly shaped American food trends in the 20th century—mostly behind the…

The Scientific-Sounding Bar to Patenting Food Compositions and Marketing Around Innate Rejection of Novel Foods

USA - August 28 2018 Whoever invents or discovers any new and useful composition of matter may potentially obtain a United States patent. When it comes to food…

On Oregon Black Truffles, Scent Marketing and Neuropsychological Food Cravings

USA - July 19 2018 Truffles mushrooms reside in a Holy Grail land of taste preference. They call to mind ancient French banquet meals and rural truffle hunters and their…

A Bourbon Pecan Pie Fest of Plant Patents, Copyright “Originality” and Soiled Chef Brands

USA - March 28 2018 Pecans are a microcosm of Americana. “As the Stuart Pecan Company would brag in 1893: ‘We [Americans] have rightfully a monopoly upon the nut.’”…

The Intellectual Property Allure of Truffle Mushrooms

USA - January 31 2018 White Alba truffles from the Piedmont region of Italy—and black winter truffles from Périgord, France—are a fount of gastronomic legends. A black…

A Thanksgiving of Patentable Nuts and Vintage Nutcrackers

USA - November 20 2017 No, this post is not about the Thanksgiving antics of eccentric relatives. Rather, it describes patented varieties of almonds, walnuts and pecans they…

From Honeycrisp to SweeTango: How Apple Plant Patents Liberated the American Palate

USA - September 20 2017 Autumn spells and smells of apples. Nowadays, newly Patented apple varieties promise to dazzle our taste buds anew as fall harvests come in from our…

A Toxic Pairing: Discovery Misconduct and Juror Neuropsychology in a Plant Patent Trial

USA - July 20 2017 The most important plant patent trial of the early 21st century just took place in northern California. California Berry Cultivars v. The Regents of…

How Intellectual Property Rights Shape Neuropsychological Demand for Orange Flavors

USA - May 30 2017 Oranges possess a special cachet in the American dream. Growing up in the baby-boomer era meant that you heard...

Wild Introgressions: The Tomato Genome’s Impact on Plant Patenting and Trademark Branding Prospects

USA - February 23 2017 Diana Kennedy, an intrepid chronicler of Mexican cuisine, describes cuatomates as "very small cherry tomatoes with an intense flavor and enormous…