Q: Can I patent a bread maker that makes loafs of bread in the shape of a US State?
A: The quick answer is that a bread maker that makes loaves of bread in the shape of the US is patentable subject matter. Unfortunately, the short answer is not very informative because what you really need to know is whether the invention is also both novel and nonobvious. This is where a patent search and opinion comes in. In order to determine whether it is novel and nonobvious, you would employ a professional to do a search to determine what prior art exists and to render an opinion on whether the prior art would impact your ability to get a patent on the device.
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