Can You Patent A Recipe?

Andrew Sullivan —  Feb 22 2012 @ 8:20am


The real question in regard to these matters is not, at bottom, legal, but rather moral. Even though there almost certainly is no legal recourse available against someone who steals (again in the ordinary sense of that word) a published recipe by rewording it and passing it off as original, or, worse yet, publishes someone else’s unpublished recipe while claiming to be its creator, there is no reason not to—in fact, this is about social etiquette rather than criminal law—treat such actions as a form of theft.