Protecting ideas, recipes proves problematic for restaurateurs

Protecting ideas, recipes proves problematic for restaurateurs

In the restaurant industry, imitation is not just the sincerest form of flattery; it may be grounds for a lawsuit.

Recent cases of alleged intellectual-property theft and trademark infringement have pitted the owners of upstart restaurants against former employers and ensnared perceived competitors even though their businesses are 350 miles apart.

Rebecca Charles, chef-owner of the 10-year-old Pearl Oyster Bar in New York

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