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McDonald’s Wants a Sandwich Making Patent

While you and I are finishing up the turkey by creating fabulous sandwiches in our kitchens, McDonald’s has filed for a patent on sandwich making. Sounds like a joke, but it seems to be for real. Follow the link and you can actually read the patent application.

From Monday

McDonald’s puts patent on sandwiches


McDonald’s wants to own the rights to how a sandwich is made.

The fast-food chain has applied for a patent relating to the ‘method and apparatus’ used to prepare the snack.

The burger company says owning the ‘intellectual property rights’ would help its hot deli sandwiches look and taste the same at all of its restaurants.

It also wants to cut down on the time needed to put together a sandwich, thought to have been dreamt up by the Earl of Sandwich in 1762.

The 55-page patent, which has been filed in the US and Europe, covers the ‘simultaneous toasting of a bread component’.

Garnishes of lettuce, onions and tomatoes, as well as salt, pepper and ketchup, are inserted into a cavity in a ‘sandwich delivery tool’.

Read the rest of the article here. 

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6 replies on “McDonald’s Wants a Sandwich Making Patent”

Gotta love ’em (those McDonald’s burgers). They’re not as good as White Castles, though. Now there’s a burger–small but sturdy. They don’t have White Castles out here like they do in the Midwest. I’m satisfied, though, with the occasional frozen.


Yes, Greg, we Americans are something else! But then…think about it…two Americans, Maurice and Richard McDonald, founded McDonald’s in 1948. The first place was actually here in San Bernardino—no more than 20 miles from where I live.
Happy hambuger, anyway.


As I read this article, for me, the jury is still out on this one. It initially seems too controlling. I can appreciate, though, making the sandwiches similar at all McDonalds. You’ll always know what you’re getting!


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