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Fri August 31, 2012
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Episode 399: Can You Patent A Steak?

Eugene Gagliardi, inventor of Steak-Umm
Joshua Marston
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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.

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Fri August 24, 2012
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In The Kitchen With The Inventor Of Steak-Umm

Originally published on Mon August 27, 2012 8:08 am

Eugene Gagliardi
Joshua Marston

One night in the late 1960s, Eugene Gagliardi was lying awake in bed trying to figure out how to save his company. He was thinking about the Philly cheesesteak.

Gagliardi ran a family business that sold hamburgers and other meat to restaurant chains in the Philadelphia area. But within the span of a few months, the company had lost several of its biggest customers.

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Thu July 5, 2012

Patent Pending: Satellite Office Comes To Denver

We learned this week that Denver has been selected for a new satellite operation of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office along with Dallas, Fort Worth, Texas and San Jose, California.

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