Most of the crazy or obvious patents I look at have no commercial value, but this one actually got bought before it had even issued...
Many times on Fridays, I look at a crazy patent that makes us scratch our heads and wonder how on earth the inventor ever thought he/she or anyone else could make money off of their invention. Maybe they just did it for the fame instead of the fortune. Then there are other times when it just seems crazy that a patent would have been issued when it did – when it seemed as if everyone was already doing it. Well today’s patent falls into that category and it was not only granted, it was bought by a large corporation who then made a product line out of it.
The patent in question is simply titled “Sealed crustless sandwich”, was filed in 1997, issued in 1999 and was bought by Smuckers in 1998. The abstract reads:
A sealed crustless sandwich for providing a convenient sandwich without an outer crust which can be stored for long periods of time without a central filling from leaking outwardly. The sandwich includes a lower bread portion, an upper bread portion, an upper filling and a lower filling between the lower and upper bread portions, a center filling sealed between the upper and lower fillings, and a crimped edge along an outer perimeter of the bread portions for sealing the fillings therebetween. The upper and lower fillings are preferably comprised of peanut butter and the center filling is comprised of at least jelly. The center filling is prevented from radiating outwardly into and through the bread portions from the surrounding peanut butter.
So, we have a sealed PBJ sandwich without the crusts and Smuckers started making a line of products called Uncrustables shortly after acquiring the patent and is still doing so today. I wonder how much he sold it for?
Brian Bailey – keeping you entertained
If you found this article to be of interest, visit EDA Designline
where – in addition to my blogs on all sorts of "stuff" – you will find the latest and greatest design, technology, product, and news articles with regard to all aspects of Electronic Design Automation (EDA).
Also, you can obtain a highlights update delivered directly to your inbox by signing up for the EDA Designline weekly newsletter – just Click Here
to request this newsletter using the Manage Newsletters tab (if you aren't already a member you'll be asked to register, but it's free and painless so don't let that stop you [grin]).