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Friday Factoid: Sandwich Ingredient List is Not Copyrightable

Decades after a fast food restaurant worker created a popular chicken sandwich for Church’s Chicken, the employee filed a $10 million dollar lawsuit against the company on claims of trademark and copyright infringement. In affirming the dismissal of the suit, a U.S. Court of Appeals held that a mere recipe or set of instructions to combine “chicken, lettuce, tomato, cheese and mayonnaise on a bun to create a sandwich” is not eligible for copyright protection. Source: Washington Post; Court Opinion Jon Wachs websiteIf you have any questions regarding the content of this communication, please contact Jonathan R. Wachs: | 301.575.0302. If you would like to subscribe to receive Friday Factoids® in your inbox click here.