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Episode 399: Can You Patent A Steak?

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Episode 399: Can You Patent A Steak?

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Episode 399: Can You Patent A Steak?

Episode 399: Can You Patent A Steak?

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Eugene Gagliardi, inventor of Steak-Umm Joshua Marston hide caption

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Tony Mata is a meat inventor; his job is figuring out new things to do with meat. He thinks he recently discovered a new steak — a novel way to cut up a chunk of beef that's currently not worth much. Mata is so excited about his discovery that he's trying to patent it.

This raises a basic question: Can you patent a steak?

On today's show, we talk to Mata. We visit the workshop of Gene Gagliardi, the inventor of Steak-Umm and KFC's popcorn chicken. And we try to figure out what meat inventors tell us about patents and innovation.

More from Planet Money:

* Video: It's Not Just A Guy Cutting Chicken. It's A Patent.

* In The Kitchen With The Inventor Of Steak-Umm

* When Patents Attack

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