Q: Is there a patent for the preparation method that consists of a premade entree stuffed into a casing?
Somewhat like boudin, but not. Full entree meals fully cooked that are stuffed into raw hog casings and just require bringing up to temp.
There are dozens or hundreds of patents on making sausages or boudin. Some of them may extend to premade entrees. http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=0&f=S&l=50&TERM1=sausage&FIELD1=TI&co1=AND&TERM2=&FIELD2=&d=PTXT
However, it is possible that your method does not infringe on any of the claimed methods. It is also possible to patent your method if it is really new.
To give you a better answer (if you want to avoid other people's invention, or if you want to protect yours), you will need to contact a patent attorney.
To prepare for a meeting with a patent attorney, you may want to do some initial searching. A slide set at http://bit.ly/Patent_Searching will help introduce you to patent searching.
Having looked for and read a few relevant patents will make your first meeting with a patent attorney more productive.
I hope this helps.
Kevin E Flynn
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