California Patent of the Month – September 2023

Bird-B-Gone, Inc. is the world’s leading manufacturer of professional bird control products. The company develops novel and humane solutions to deter birds, including their recently patented design. Bird-B-Gone’s invention is a remarkable animal deterrent designed to keep birds away from window sills, rooftops, and other surfaces. Bird droppings can be unsightly, promote bacterial and fungal growth, and pose challenges when it comes to cleaning up. Bird-B-Gone’s solution offers an eco-friendly and cost-effective way to address this issue.

At the heart of their invention is an elongated plastic base with a unique design. It features sequentially positioned, insertion-molded wires or spikes that extend out from both sides of the base. These wires have distinctive bends that point upwards, creating an effective barrier for birds and other animals.

What sets Bird-B-Gone’s animal deterrent apart is its efficient use of materials. By insertion molding the wires into the plastic base, they’ve minimized waste and created a sturdy, long-lasting product. Unlike other designs that use excessive plastic and metal, Bird-B-Gone’s invention optimizes both materials for maximum effectiveness.

The placement and configuration of the wires are crucial to the device’s success. The left and right bends of the wires are carefully coordinated to create an alternating pattern, ensuring that the spike ends point upwards at specific angles. This design deters birds from landing on surfaces without causing them harm.

Bird-B-Gone’s animal deterrent system doesn’t just stop at keeping birds away. It’s environmentally friendly, cost-effective, and designed to minimize the visual impact on your property. With a commitment to innovation and a focus on practicality, Bird-B-Gone is changing the game in the field of animal deterrence.

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