Patents Assigned to Woodstream Corporation
  • Publication number: 20190335738
    Abstract: An ant bait stake is provided having two components including an outer housing and an inner bait pack or reservoir that is separate from the outer housing. The outer housing includes a bait pack compartment for receiving the bait pack, and a ground engaging member such as a stake. A break-away tab including a neck portion with a bait access channel therein extends outwardly of the housing, the tab being removable by the consumer without any tools or other devices to open the bait access channel when the ant bait stake is ready for use.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 22, 2019
    Publication date: November 7, 2019
    Applicant: Woodstream Corporation
    Inventors: Andrew King, Joseph Frank Fiore
  • Publication number: 20190335716
    Abstract: An Oriole bird feeder having a nectar reservoir with a base and a tapered port, and preferably a tapered port/perch assembly, is provided. The bird feeder allows Orioles and other similarly sized members of the Icterid family of birds to land on the perch and access the nectar in the reservoir base while, due to the diminishing taper of the opening in the tapered port, simultaneously preventing average sized Italian, Carniolan and Caucasian honey bees from entering the reservoir base through the port to obtain the nectar where they subsequently become trapped and perish.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 22, 2019
    Publication date: November 7, 2019
    Applicant: WOODSTREAM CORPORATION
    Inventor: Luke Benjamin HANEY
  • Patent number: 10455827
    Abstract: A cage type animal trap having an enclosure with an animal access opening into a vacant interior sized to receive an animal to be trapped. The access opening is closed by a door that is movable from a closed to an opened position by an actuating mechanism having a flexible actuating member with one end secured to the door and the other end releasably held by a latch mechanism. The latch mechanism is configured to move the door to the opened position by tensioning the actuating member and, in response to a trigger mechanism, to release the second end of the actuating member and allow the door to move from the opened position to the closed position thereby trapping the animal in the animal enclosure. A door lock in abutment with the outer surface of the door prevents the door from being opened by a trapped animal. A part of the actuating mechanism is in engagement with the door lock when the door is closed such that the door lock is automatically disengaged when the actuating member is tensioned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: WOODSTREAM CORPORATION
    Inventors: Christopher T. Rich, Robert Theodore Cruz, Edward J. Holliday, Marko Konstantin Lubic
  • Publication number: 20190320621
    Abstract: A top-fill hummingbird feeder is provided having a nectar container with a liquid flow opening at a lower end and a removable cap at an upper end, a feeding basin positioned below the nectar container, and a sealing mechanism associated with the liquid flow opening and the feeding basin. The sealing mechanism includes a bottle seal assembly configured for removable coupling with a base of the feeding basin, and a float valve captured by said bottle seal assembly to prevent rotation thereof while allowing the float valve to move upwardly and downwardly with changing nectar levels in the feeding basin. The float valve includes a float having a frame with a buoyant member mounted thereon, the buoyant member being made of a closed-cell foam.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 10, 2019
    Publication date: October 24, 2019
    Applicant: WOODSTREAM CORPORATION
    Inventors: Marko K. LUBIC, Luke Benjamin HANEY
  • Publication number: 20190320619
    Abstract: A top-fill hummingbird feeder is provided having a nectar container removably coupled to a feeding basin, the nectar container including a top opening closed by a cap. The cap has a sealing member configured to have an interference press fit with the top opening of the nectar container. The sealing member includes at least one void to allow air passage so that liquid can flow from the nectar container into the feeding basin when the feeder is in use.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2019
    Publication date: October 24, 2019
    Applicant: WOODSTREAM CORPORATION
    Inventors: Luke Benjamin HANEY, Steven Charles LORRAINE
  • Publication number: 20190320620
    Abstract: A hummingbird feeder is provided that has a nectar container with a lower end liquid flow opening, a nectar basin positioned below the nectar container and removably coupled thereto, and a recessed elastomeric sealing member. The nectar basin includes an upper part and a lower part that are separable from one another and configured to be engaged along adjacent surfaces thereof. The recessed elastomeric sealing member is held against a retaining structure and is positioned to be engaged between the upper and lower parts of the nectar basin to create a liquid tight seal of the nectar basin when the feeder components are assembled.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2019
    Publication date: October 24, 2019
    Applicant: WOODSTREAM CORPORATION
    Inventors: Marko K. LUBIC, Luke Benjamin Haney
  • Publication number: 20190320622
    Abstract: A hummingbird feeder is provided that includes a nectar container removably coupled to a feeding basin having at least one feed port therein and a flower assembly fitted within the feed port. The flower assembly includes a flower body and a mounting member fitted in the center of the flower body, the mounting member having an elongated tapered passageway through which hummingbirds can access nectar in the feeding basin. The mounting member also has a semi-conical exterior geometry that facilitates mounting of the flower assembly within the feed port.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 10, 2019
    Publication date: October 24, 2019
    Applicant: WOODSTREAM CORPORATION
    Inventors: Luke Benjamin HANEY, Steven Charles Lorraine
  • Patent number: 10390520
    Abstract: A bird feeder cable lid lock is provided for a bird feeder having a feed reservoir body with a removable lid having an aperture therein, and a wire or cable threaded through the aperture by which the feeder is suspended in use. The cable lid lock includes a threaded bolt having an axial hole through which the hanging cable is fed and an internally threaded base element in abutment with the lid and having a stepped or tapered bore with a diminishing diameter that receives the bolt. The bolt has a relief cut in the shank to form at least two arms on different sides of the cable. The arms are pressed toward one another as the bolt is tightened into the diminishing diameter base element bore, squeezing the cable where it extends through the bolt and exerting a significant force normal to the cable that, with the coefficient of friction, creates a very effective locking action on the cable to secure the lid against the feed reservoir body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: WOODSTREAM CORPORATION
    Inventors: Marko K. Lubic, Andrew Ryan Hoffman
  • Publication number: 20190246621
    Abstract: An electronic rodent trap and monitoring method is provided. Each trap has at least one entrance, and preferably two entrances in opposed relationship to create a longitudinal tunnel, with a pair of lower plates extending longitudinally and oriented in spaced substantially parallel relationship, and a triggering element, such as a third plate, positioned above the lower plates, and preferably adjacent the ceiling of the trap on a center baffle that also shields a bait cup. The trap is activated when the rodent, with its left and right feet on the parallel lower plates, which are preferably raised above the floor, contacts the triggering element on the center baffle. The trap is preferably modular in design with an electronics module and a tunnel module removably secured within and protected by an outer housing. The trap also has improved features for more accurate remote monitoring of rodent dispatch and kill verification.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 12, 2018
    Publication date: August 15, 2019
    Applicant: WOODSTREAM CORPORATION
    Inventors: Paul Kletzli, Mark Ebner, Cory Blair, Peter Koziar, JR.
  • Publication number: 20190230915
    Abstract: A circuit and method for boosting the voltage input to the gate of a MOSFET switch used in an electronic rodent trap is provided. By boosting the voltage to the gate, the MOSFET can be fully turned on to activate an effective killing cycle in the electronic rodent trap even when the trap's battery voltage has dropped to a level that would otherwise be insufficient to fully activate the MOSFET.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2018
    Publication date: August 1, 2019
    Applicant: WOODSTREAM CORPORATION
    Inventors: Daniel WANNINGER, Kevin Murphy
  • Publication number: 20190216076
    Abstract: A remote notification electronic rodent trapping system and method is provided having a plurality of rearming electronic rodent trapping devices configured to wirelessly communicate trap information to a base station that is in communication with a cloud server. When a trap is activated by a rodent trigger it changes from a set state to a kill alert state and initiates a killing cycle. The trap waits a first time period and then sends a notification signal to the base station of trap activation which the base station forwards to the cloud server. The cloud server waits a second predetermined time period before sending a pushed notification to a remote user of the trap's kill alert state. If the trap rearms prior to expiration of the second time period, it alerts the base station which notifies the cloud server. The cloud server updates trap status to the set state and does not send a notification to the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2018
    Publication date: July 18, 2019
    Applicant: WOODSTREAM CORPORATION
    Inventors: Christopher T. Rich, Thomas J. Daly, JR., Aaron W. Lunger
  • Patent number: 10342227
    Abstract: An ant bait stake is provided having two components including an outer housing and an inner bait pack or reservoir that is separate from the outer housing. The outer housing includes a bait pack compartment for receiving the bait pack, and a ground engaging member such as a stake. A break-away tab including a neck portion with a bait access channel therein extends outwardly of the housing, the tab being removable by the consumer without any tools or other devices to open the bait access channel when the ant bait stake is ready for use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: WOODSTREAM CORPORATION
    Inventors: Andrew King, Joseph Frank Fiore
  • Patent number: 10342220
    Abstract: An Oriole bird feeder having a nectar reservoir with a base and a tapered port, and preferably a tapered port/perch assembly, is provided. The bird feeder allows Orioles and other similarly sized members of the Icterid family of birds to land on the perch and access the nectar in the reservoir base while, due to the diminishing taper of the opening in the tapered port, simultaneously preventing average sized Italian, Carniolan and Caucasian honey bees from entering the reservoir base through the port to obtain the nectar where they subsequently become trapped and perish.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: WOODSTREAM CORPORATION
    Inventor: Luke Benjamin Haney
  • Publication number: 20190174725
    Abstract: A top-fill hummingbird feeder is provided having a liquid container with a liquid flow opening at a lower end and a removable cap at an upper end, a feeding basin positioned below the liquid container, and a sealing mechanism associated with the liquid flow opening and the feeding basin. The sealing mechanism includes a bottle seal assembly configured for removable coupling with a base of the feeding basin, and a float valve captured by said bottle seal assembly to prevent rotation thereof while allowing the float valve to move upwardly and downwardly with changing nectar levels in the feeding basin. The feeding basin is filled by gravity feed of the liquid in the container through the liquid flow opening when the sealing mechanism is open. When the feeding basin reaches a full position, the liquid nectar raises the float valve which, in turn, acts to close the liquid flow opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2018
    Publication date: June 13, 2019
    Applicant: WOODSTREAM CORPORATION
    Inventors: Robert T. CRUZ, Marko Konstantin LUBIC
  • Patent number: 10299465
    Abstract: An oriole jelly birdfeeder is provided that includes a jelly holding container, a base having a feeding platform and a connecting element for connecting the base to the container, and a mixing mechanism. The mixing mechanism includes a mixer element and a mixer handle which are coupled to one another and rotatable together. The mixer element includes a paddle positioned within the connecting element to enable the user to mix and distribute the jelly, which is held within the container, onto the feeding platform as needed by rotating the mixer handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: WOODSTREAM CORPORATION
    Inventors: Andrew Nathan King, Judith Kim Hoysak
  • Patent number: 10206374
    Abstract: A birdseed dispenser and birdfeeder incorporating the same are provided. The dispenser has a base assembly mounted to a first opening formed in the sidewall of the birdseed reservoir, including a front plate having a second opening formed therein, a flange extending around the second opening and projecting away from the front plate, and an end wall supported by the flange such that the flange and end wall together define a chamber. The dispenser also includes an apertured piece received in the chamber having a first seed aperture of a first configuration and a second seed aperture of a different configuration. The apertured piece is moveable between a first orientation, which places the first seed aperture in a seed accessible state permitting birds access to the seed, and a second orientation to place the second seed aperture in the seed accessible state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: WOODSTREAM CORPORATION
    Inventors: Lynn Hunter, James Carter, Furman O'Dell, Brian Krueger
  • Publication number: 20190037802
    Abstract: A poly tape accessory for an electric fence gate handle, the combination of the poly tape accessory and an electric fence gate handle configured to accommodate the poly tape accessory, and a method of securing the poly tape to the accessory is provided. The accessory is electrically conductive and includes a neck and a head with a plurality of slots through which the poly tape is woven to secure the poly tape while retaining adjustability. The neck of the accessory has a locating feature and a locking tab by which the accessory can be removably coupled to an electric fence gate handle through a quarter-turn motion of the accessory relative to the gate handle without the need for any tools.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 25, 2018
    Publication date: February 7, 2019
    Applicant: WOODSTREAM CORPORATION
    Inventors: Andrew Baker WOOLWORTH, Chad Eugene Spangler, Marko K. Lubic
  • Publication number: 20190029246
    Abstract: An enclosure-type electronic rat trap having an interior accessed through a trap entrance and a rat pathway that leads from the entrance to a baited end opposite the entrance is provided. At least three killing plates coupled to a high voltage circuit are positioned along the pathway in spaced relationship and a barrier extends into and constricts the pathway at a specified distance from a center plate in order to reduce the ability of the rat to escape the trap once the rat has traveled along the pathway sufficiently to initiate a killing cycle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2018
    Publication date: January 31, 2019
    Applicant: WOODSTREAM CORPORATION
    Inventors: Paul Michael KLETZLI, Cory John BLAIR, Mark William EBNER
  • Patent number: 10172343
    Abstract: A cage-type animal trap with two opposed animal access openings that can operate in a one-door-opening configuration or a two-door-opening configuration. The trap has a set mechanism for holding one or both doors open to allow access through the corresponding trap access openings. The set mechanism includes a set lever that is movable from a set position to a tripped position and that is coupled to the doors of the trap by an actuating member. Upon actuation, the set lever moves from the set to the tripped position to allow movement of the actuating member which enables one of the doors to move from an opened position to a closed position when the trap is operating in a one-door-opening configuration, and both of the doors to move from the opened position to the closed position when the trap is operating in the two-door-opening configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: WOODSTREAM CORPORATION
    Inventors: Joseph A. Radesky, Christopher J. Kamery, Marko Konstantin Lubic, Christopher T. Rich
  • Patent number: D852923
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: WOODSTREAM CORPORATION
    Inventors: Howard Scott Ryan, Neil Rosenbaum, Michael Konieczny, Deborah Laun