Turns Out You Can’t Copyright a Chicken Sandwich

August 26, 2015

One man definitely tried though.

The Cronut may be copyrightable, but a chicken sandwich definitely is not. According to Fortune, a gutsy former employee of a fried chicken franchise claimed that he was entitled to a “percentage of profits from a sandwich” recipe that the chain allegedly stole from him — but the US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit did not agree.

Norberto Colón Lorenzana recently filed a lawsuit against South American Chicken Corporation (SARCO) — which operates Church’s Chicken locations in Puerto Rico — that alleges the company stole his idea for a chicken sandwich. Lorenzana wanted $10 million…