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Peanut Butter And Jelly Case Reaches Federal Circuit

Law360 (April 7, 2005, 12:00 AM EDT) -- In one of the more surreal cases to reach the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in recent years, a panel of three judges heard arguments Wednesday over a patent for a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

Lawyers argued before the federal appeals court about whether J.M. Smucker Co.'s method for making so-called “Uncrustables” -- sealed, crustless peanut butter and jelly pockets -- is worthy of patent protection.

In December 1999, Smucker obtained patent rights on a "sealed, crustless sandwich" it acquired from a...
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