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Louisiana Eats! — Food Production Patents and Lane Powell’s Earth and Table Law Reporter Blog

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Lane Powell Shareholder Paul Swanson was interviewed on January 7 in a WWNO radio segment titled “Louisiana Eats! — Jump-Start Your New Year.” During the interview, Swanson discussed the Firm’s Earth and Table Law Reporter blog, which was developed to provide a view of what is happening in the food and agriculture industry at the intellectual property level instead of just food safety issues. Swanson spoke about an article titled “Patenting Enhanced Taste and Food Processing: Some Engaging Current Developments” that he posted on the blog regarding a patent that had been issued for a method of improving the taste of food through acoustic sounds. He also discussed food production patents, covering topics such as different types of food production patents, how the patents are enforced and some problems that may arise surrounding them.

Poppy Tooker: Getting ready to talk to you today, I did some research on the blog, and one of the topics that I’m particularly curious about is the recent patent work that involves acoustic sound and taste alchemy. Okay now, what’s that about?

Paul Swanson: One of my recent articles, I wanted to just look and see what is coming out of the USPTO, the United States Patent and Trademark Office, which issues patents. I wanted to see some of the latest patents that had come out. One that caught my eye is one that had a method for improving the taste of food through acoustic sounds. It basically talked about putting a sonic transducer into liquid and then putting whatever food you wanted to have its taste improved near it, and then operating this transducer. Based on the patent and what it said, it said it improved the taste for the people that were tasting it. I’m skeptical of that connection, I’m not sure, it doesn’t explain how it actually does it, and it raised kind of a central point of patenting, that you don’t exactly need scientific validity in order to gain a patent.

Listen to the WWNO radio segment (Swanson’s interview starts at 21:20 minutes).