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McDonald's ‐ Patents, trademarks and designs

McDonald's ‐ the most dominant player in the fast food industry ‐ is protected by a bundle of trademarks, a smattering of patents and a sprinkling of designs.

Surprisingly, very little prevents you from competing with McDonald's.

McDonald's trademarks:

McDonalds Trademark

Obviously, steer clear of the Golden Arches and the name "McDonald's".

Also, don't think of using:

or anything including "Mc" / "Mac":

Big Mac; Mac Attack; McWorld; Chicken McGrill; Chicken McNuggets; Egg McMuffin; McChicken; McGrilled Chicken; McNuggets; Sausage McMuffin; McCaffe.

McDonald's patents:

McDonald's patents relate to its:

The patents do not cover specific recipes or food items (e.g. the Big Mac burger).

Method patents:

I love this one, because I can't believe this was actually granted by the US Patent Office:

WO2006068865 "Method for making a sandwich":

McDonalds Patent

US4433001 "Method for preparing scrambled eggs":

McDonalds Method Patent

US3397993 "Process for preparing frozen french fry potato segments":

US4012808 "Continuous method and apparatus for marinating poultry":

McDonalds Method Patent

US3423210 "Method for signalling the completion of cooking of a food product in a cooking bath":

Packaging patents:

All McDonald packaging patents have expired. So, don't be surprised if you've seen similar packaging elsewhere.

US4653685 "Dual compartment foamed polystyrene sandwich package" having:

McDonalds Package Patent

US4061241 "Food plate package" having:

McDonalds Package Patent

US4132344 "Foam sandwich package":

McDonalds Package Patent

Equipment patents:

McDonald's has developed various equipment used in food storage, preparation and cooking, and registered patents for: heated food holder, griller (x3), freezer, beverage dispenser (x2), oil filter, container filler, dispenser, bun toaster (x2), waste receptacle, shipping and storage container, frying basket, coffee urn, heated sandwich bin and bun steamer:

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McDonald's Designs:

McDonald's has registered designs that protect the shape of its: automatic beverage dispenser, packaging (x3), salad bar (x2) and high chair:

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Note: Many of McDonald's patents and designs have expired.

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