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Many of these inventions predated the use of the term "spork".Given this significant prior art, the basic concept of combining aspects of a spoon and fork is well established; more modern patents have limited themselves to the specific implementation and appearance of the spork.However, these claims are strongly disputed by Muslim scholars, with Mustafa Shah from the School of Oriental and African Studies in London also telling the paper: 'If anything, the manuscript has consolidated traditional accounts of the Koran's origins.'During this time the Koran was memorised and recited orally but Caliph Abu Bakr, the first leader of the Muslim community after Muhammad's death, ordered the Koranic material to be collected into a book.Although Muslims believe that Islam is a faith that has always existed and was gradually revealed to humanity by a number of prophets, Muhammad is the one said to have made the complete revelation in the seventh century.Fragments of an ancient Quran discovered in Birmingham University in July may predate the prophet Muhammad, thus undermining core beliefs of Islam, UK researchers told The Times on Monday.Scientists at the University of Oxford carbon dated the artifact and found it to have been created between 568 CE and 645 CE.Muhammad is believed to have lived between 570 CE and 632 CE.So while the dating process does not necessarily contradict Islamic tradition, it does raise the possibility that the book, or parts of it, was written before the prophet was even born, or during his infancy.

In an unsuccessful lawsuit in 1999 where the company Regalzone sought to invalidate Plastico Limited's UK registration for Spork, Justice Neuberger wrote: I accept that the word Spork involves a clever idea of making a single word by eliding beginning of the word spoon and the end of the word fork.

The word "spork" appeared in the 1909 supplement to the Century Dictionary, where it was described as a trade name and "a 'portmanteau-word' applied to a long, slender spoon having, at the end of the bowl, projections resembling the tines of a fork".

for a spoon with a tined edge, granted to Frank Emmenegger in November 1912.

patents for spork-like designs date back to at least 1874, and the word "spork" was registered as a trademark in the US and the UK decades later.

They are used by fast food restaurants, schools, prisons, the military, backpackers and in airline meals. Similarly, the word foon is a blend of fork and spoon.

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