Federal Circuit Rejects Peanut Butter And Jelly Sandwich Patents

Law360, New York (April 10, 2005, 12:00 AM EDT) -- The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has rejected J.M. Smucker Co.’s petitions for additional patents for a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

The Federal Circuit upheld the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s decision to reject the patent applications, agreeing that the process for making the sandwich's crimped edges was similar to the method for making many types of pastries.

The three-judge panel agreed that the crimped edge pattern surrounding the “Uncrustables” sandwich was not patentable because it did not rise to the level...
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