McDonalds wants to patent sandwich-making process

Remember not long ago when I mentioned that there's a chef who wants to copyright his recipes? Well, McDonalds wants to go one further and patent the sandwich-making process. From the article:

    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'.

    The 'bread component' is placed over the cavity and the assembly tool is inverted to tip out the contents. Finally, the filling is placed in the 'bread component'.

Just thought you all might want to know. Oh, and a guy from the UK Patent Office says it isn't likely to happen. (Via Dig.)

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