Note: This episode originally ran in 2012.
Tony Mata is a meat inventor; his job is figuring out new things to do with meat. We first talked to Mata when he had discovered a new steak — a novel way to cut up a chunk of beef that otherwise wasn't worth much. Mata was so excited about his discovery that he wanted 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.
Also: Here's a video of Gene Gagliardi cutting chicken: