Top Guarded Patents (Class 256/11)
  • Patent number: 10278381
    Abstract: A mounting frame for bird spike strips is an apparatus that is used to support a set of bird spike strips upon a billboard, sign, stand, or other structure upon which various birds would otherwise rest. The apparatus includes a first mounting rail, a second mounting rail, a first support bracket, a second support bracket, a spike attachment mechanism, and an anchoring mechanism. The first mounting rail and the second mounting rail are utilized to provide a stable mounting surface for bird spike strips. The first support bracket and the second support bracket enable connection of the first mounting rail and the second mounting rail to a billboard, sign, stand, or other structure. The spike attachment mechanism ensures that the previous problem of the traditional adhesive on bird spike strips fading or providing insufficient connection to billboards, signs, stands, or other structures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Inventor: Matthew Eric Bowman
  • Patent number: 10278701
    Abstract: An implant having an adhesive structure comprising a planar surface having two sides and rectangular cuboid-based protrusions having pyramidal tips extending from at least one of said sides, optionally having a porous basic supporting structure, and methods of making and using such implants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignees: ETHICON, INC., AGENCY FOR SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY AND RESEARCH
    Inventors: Sriram Natarajan, Joseph J. Hammer, Kevin Cooper, Murty Vyakarnam, Hong Yee Low, Isabel Rodriguez, Chee Tiong Lim, Audrey Yoke Yee Ho
  • Patent number: 9615567
    Abstract: A fowl management system is provided. The fowl management system includes a protected surface; a wire mesh at least partially suspended above the protected surface; wherein at least a portion of the wire mesh conducts an electrical current; a fence charger attached to the wire mesh; and a power source attached to the protected surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Inventor: Norman Lee Peters
  • Patent number: 9107350
    Abstract: A barrier for deterring slugs, snails, and other gastropod mollusks from entering an area, and a method for using the same are provided. The barrier includes an elongate tubular support having a plastically deformable core member and an outer sheath. A plurality of outwardly extending projections are attached to the tubular support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Inventors: Kenneth M. Shields, William K. M. Shields
  • Patent number: 8919740
    Abstract: A balcony fence includes an integrated wind shield of adjustable glazed panels that can be raised and lowered. The balcony fence with the integrated glazed panels is provided with lamellar glass both in its lower fixed part and in the part that can be raised and lowered. The balcony fence with the integrated glazed panels also includes a counterweight balancing mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Svalson AB
    Inventors: Göran Carlsson, Lennart Carlsson, Linus Svensson, Maud Spencer
  • Publication number: 20140345537
    Abstract: The invention encompasses a substantially animal-proof barrier that includes (a) two supports that are laterally spaced apart to define a substantially vertical plane there between; (b) fencing material that is attached to each of the supports and spans the defined substantially vertical plane to form a simple barrier that has a top edge, a bottom edge, a front surface and a back surface, wherein the simple barrier divides a domain into a first area and a second area; and (c) a hood having an inner surface, the hood originating from the top edge of the simple barrier. An angle formed by the inner surface of the hood and the front surface of the simple barrier measures about 10 degrees to about 80 degrees, such that a channel having a substantially V-shaped cross section is formed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 6, 2014
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Inventor: Donald E. Moore
  • Patent number: 8840090
    Abstract: A substantially animal-proof barrier (“APB”) that includes (a) two supports that are laterally spaced apart to define a substantially vertical plane there between; (b) fencing material that is attached to each of the supports and spans the defined substantially vertical plane to form a simple barrier that has a top edge, a bottom edge, a front surface and a back surface, wherein the simple barrier divides a domain into a first area and a second area; and (c) a hood having an inner surface, the hood originating from the top edge of the simple barrier is described. An angle formed by the inner surface of the hood and the front surface of the simple barrier measures about 10 degrees to about 80 degrees, such that a channel having a substantially V-shaped cross section is formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Vanquish Fencing, Inc.
    Inventor: Donald E. Moore
  • Patent number: 8702068
    Abstract: An animal-resistant fence preventing entry of animals includes a first post, a second post, and a first panel member extending between the two posts. The fence further includes a second panel member extending from an upper portion of the first panel member above the ground level, and a third panel member extending from a lower portion of the first panel member beneath the ground level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Inventors: Sue M. Mellins, Jon M. Conard
  • Patent number: 8616531
    Abstract: A fencing apparatus for preventing animals from climbing over a fence, which includes a plurality of first and corresponding second elongated members, is provided. Each of the first and second elongated members pivot relative to each other from a first stationary position to a second variable position. A flexible plastic netting is connected to and extends across the plurality of first and second elongated members. When connected to a vertically extending fence, the fencing apparatus extends from the vertically extending fence such that the second elongated member pivots downwardly upon being subject to a load e.g., by the weight of a climbing animal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: Purrfect Cat Fence, LLC
    Inventors: Matthew Egan Hough, David Alan Benner
  • Patent number: 8359791
    Abstract: A bird guard having a body supporting outwardly extending projections for deterring birds and a pair of opposing elastically biased clamping ears for gripping onto a railing or cable. The use of body material and/or line hinges cast from elastic material are taught for biasing the clamping ears. An encasing apparatus is also taught using encasing ears. An adhesive strip is also taught for securing the encasing ears.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Inventors: David Glenn Nixon, Charles Calloway
  • Patent number: 8308141
    Abstract: An animal-resistant fence preventing entry of animals includes a first post, a second post, and a first panel member extending between the two posts. The fence further includes a second panel member extending from an upper portion of the first panel member above the ground level, and a third panel member extending from a lower portion of the first panel member beneath the ground level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Inventors: Sue M. Mellins, Jon Michael Conard
  • Patent number: 8162292
    Abstract: An animal barrier device comprising one or more rotating bodies and fixture structures, in which in use the fixture structures, rotatably support the one or more rotating bodies on a construction with which the animal barrier is used, in which each rotating body is an elongate body which rotates in use about a longitudinal axis, and in which the longitudinal axis is located at any point on a line between a center of the rotating body and a point below the rotating body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Inventor: Andrew Farmer
  • Patent number: 7686283
    Abstract: A gate assembly prevents keyless ingress into, and enables keyless egress from, a gated area. The gate assembly comprises a gate frame and a gate. The gate frame comprises rectangular or 360 degree frame structure for maintaining a planar gate-receiving area despite ground deformations and the like. The gate comprises rectangular gate structure that defines a planar frame-engaging area. The gate-receiving area is greater in magnitude than the frame-engaging area. The gate further comprises a state of the art interior push bar latch for enabling keyless egress, and state of the art keyed lock for preventing keyless ingress into the gated or secure area. An inferior frame member is anchored in subterranean media for positioning the gate frame during installation for maintaining the gate-receiving area should ground deformations occur.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2010
    Inventor: Michael J. Marchio
  • Patent number: 7575225
    Abstract: A security fence cap, for use with a security fence having a post having a post top. The cap has a cylindrical collar and a domed portion. The collar has a lower opening for securing onto the post top and set screws for tightening against the post. The domed portion extends fully over the post top and has a plurality of spike protrusions, selectively attached within threaded radial bores, extending radially outwardly from the domed portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2009
    Inventor: Denis Saldana
  • Patent number: 7562453
    Abstract: A fencing system for confining climbing animals. The fencing system uses a plurality of vertical posts that are set in place along a fence line. Arch support brackets are provided that attach to the vertical posts. Each arch support bracket has an ascending section that climbs to an apex point and a descending section that descends from that apex point. Flexible plastic netting is suspended between the rigid supports that are created by the vertical posts and the arch support brackets. Flexible plastic netting is supported vertically by the vertical posts. Above the vertical posts, the flexible plastic netting is supported in an ascending angle to an apex point by each ascending section of the arch support brackets. From the apex point, the flexible plastic netting is supported in a descending angle to the free end of the arch support bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2009
    Inventors: David Alan Benner, Matthew Hough
  • Publication number: 20090050862
    Abstract: The security fence spike is attached to the upper rail of a chain link security fence or the like, to project generally diametrically through a coil of razor wire or concertina wire strung along the upper rail of the fence. The security spike is a rigid metal projection, and resists collapse when a heavy sheet of material or blanket is tossed over the coiled wire atop the fence by a person(s) attempting to scale the fence. A row of spikes is preferably installed along the upper rail of the fence, threatening injury to anyone attempting to scale the fence even after covering a coil of razor wire or the like atop the fence. The security spike is formed of sheet metal bent to form a triangular cross section for rigidity and strength. The spike is attached to a brace band, which, in turn, is clamped to the fence.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 23, 2007
    Publication date: February 26, 2009
    Inventor: Vann K. Cruce
  • Publication number: 20090032788
    Abstract: A large, hollow cylindrical top rail is installed along the top surface of a security fence. The rail has a lengthwise groove and fence post holes cut from the bottom of it. The hollow round rail is placed over the fence and fence posts and secured to the fence by removable fasteners. A spacer may also be inserted between the top of the fence post and the top of the rail to increase the height of the security rail. Lights, security cameras or motion detectors may be placed inside the hollow top rail. Once the top rail is in position, expandable foam is injected into the hollow area of the rail. The foam adheres to the fence and posts and the top rail is permanently attached to the fence. The fasteners may then be removed. The rail is slick, round and approximately a foot in diameter. This precludes anyone attempting to scale the fence from obtaining a handhold on the top of the fence.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 3, 2007
    Publication date: February 5, 2009
    Inventor: STEPHEN J. ADLER
  • Patent number: 7461833
    Abstract: A picket assembly adapted for installation on a post of a barrier, such as a corner post. The picket assembly comprises at least one post picket having an upper portion and a lower portion. The lower portion of each post picket is characterized by a rectilinear profile. The picket assembly further comprises a post closure, which is formed from a cap and a bracket. The cap is adapted to fit around the upper end of the post and is provided with recesses sized to clearingly receive the lower portion of a post picket therethrough. The recess are provided in a number equalling the number of post pickets. The bracket of the post closure extends from the lower surface of the cap can be received within the open upper end of the post. The bracket provides an attachment surface that bracingly engages the lower portion of each post picket when that post picket is received through a recess of the cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2008
    Inventor: Edward L. Gibbs
  • Publication number: 20080277638
    Abstract: A cat confinement fence for limiting a cat from escaping from a confinement area includes a plurality of posts spaced apart and mounted in the ground to define the confinement area. Each of the posts includes a main section and a pivoting section. A first end of each main section is mounted in a ground surface and a second end of each main section is secured to the pivoting section. The pivoting section is pivotable between an upright position and an extended position. Upper fencing is mounted to and between the plurality of posts and extends across at least a portion of the main section and at least a portion of the pivoting section of each of the plurality of posts. A resilient member is mounted proximate to the second end of the main section of each post and biases the pivoting section of the respective post toward the upright position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 7, 2008
    Publication date: November 13, 2008
    Applicant: PURRFECT FENCE, LLC
    Inventors: David Alan Benner, Matthew E. Hough, Constantino Valerio
  • Patent number: 7434788
    Abstract: A pest deterrent fence is used to deter slugs and snails and similar animals from gaining access to gardens. The fence comprises vertically oriented first and second conductive surfaces that are generally metallic mesh. The conductive surfaces separated by a polyvinylchloride non-polar dielectric. The dielectric is “T” shaped and is dimensioned such that it prevents moisture from connecting the first and second conductive surfaces by promoting beading and dripping.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2008
    Inventor: Mark Foster
  • Patent number: 7331568
    Abstract: Apparatus for dispensing coiled barb tape which includes a frame in which is located a boom from which the coiled barb tape is suspended. The boom is extensible to assist in deployment of the barb tape and the frame, apart from protecting the coiled barb tape, provides a stacking characteristic with similar frames.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2008
    Assignee: Cochrane Steel Products (PTY) Ltd.
    Inventor: Richard Bruce Cochrane
  • Patent number: 7325787
    Abstract: A barrier formed from one or more barrier tapes, which may be barbed. Two lower barrier tapes are supported on the opposed projecting arms of outrigger system installed atop a structure such as a wall, gate or fence. Each extended lower barrier tape is formed from loops having a substantially elliptical shape, with a major axis which extends parallel to the outrigger arm supporting it, with a length substantially equal thereto. The ratio of major axis length to minor axis length in each loop is between about 2 and about 5. A third and upper barrier tape, formed from loops with a circular shape, is positioned between the two lower barrier tapes, in at least partially overlying relationship to the lower barrier tapes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2008
    Inventor: Edward L. Gibbs
  • Patent number: 7243465
    Abstract: A bird deterrent has a base and at least one branched spike extending from the base. The branching can occur anywhere along the spike, and a single branch point can give rise to multiple branches. Spikes can have multiple branches. The various branches can be of any suitable length(s), and can be oriented in any suitable direction(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2007
    Assignee: Bird-B-Gone, Inc.
    Inventor: Bruce Donoho
  • Patent number: 7032889
    Abstract: An anti-scaling device comprises a hollow central body for mounting on a bar and several spike units extending outwardly from the body in different directions. Pairs of spike units are rotatably and preferably detachably mounted on opposite sides of the central body. The device may further comprise serrated webs extending outwardly from the central body between the spike units. The device may also comprise rows of sharp-edged teeth axially aligned along the central body. Alternatively, the spike units may be partially rotatable serrated propellers or may be pivotably rotatably mounted. The device may be moulded from plastic material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2006
    Inventors: Frederick James Moss, Janusz Lucien Holland, Mark Christopher Hughes
  • Patent number: 6918214
    Abstract: An antiperch device for deterring birds from perching on undesired perch locations. The device includes various embodiments which are constructed of wires forming arcs and/or wires that are parallel to and spaced above an object such as a light fixture to be protected. The wires are sufficiently flexible and have a small enough diameter to prevent the birds from getting a secure footing thereon but are sufficiently stiff to keep the birds from reaching the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2005
    Inventor: Gordon A. Sabine
  • Patent number: 6880811
    Abstract: A protection system including a plurality of wires and a plurality of support members for supporting the plurality of wires. Each support member includes a base and an associated spike positionable in supportive engagement with a ground surface, and an elongate arm releasably connectable to the base and configured for supportably engaging the plurality of wires for supporting the wires relatively parallel and spaced apart to one another above the ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2005
    Assignee: Fi-Shock, Inc.
    Inventor: Brett R. Burdick
  • Patent number: 6782624
    Abstract: A method of deploying a system for controlling access and egress. In a preferred embodiment, the user's requirements are considered in providing a properly scaled barrier for such varied uses as security, safety, order, privacy, and discipline. In one embodiment, pre-manufactured panels and connectors are delivered to a site that has been properly prepared for installation of the system. Local materials may be used for the panels in some cases. The panels and connectors may be assembled quickly by unskilled labor and, in some embodiments, the barrier just as quickly dismantled or repaired as necessary. One method of the present invention provides for deploying a temporary or emergency solution to access control. Another method deploys a system that may be used in a residential setting, providing storage in some installations. Accessories for enhancing effectiveness may be installed on or within barriers deployed using a method of the present invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2004
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventors: Charles P. Marsh, Charles C. Lozar, Brian Temple
  • Patent number: 6698725
    Abstract: A slotted cap for a corner or support post of a fence, particularly a chain link or “Cyclone” (trademark) or “Hurricane” (trademark) fence. In a preferred embodiment, the slotted fence post cap includes a cylindrical cap wall which is mounted on the upper end of the vertical fence post, and a horizontal adjusting slot is fitted on one side and a fixed nipple is fitted on the opposite side of the cap wall. The fixed nipple receives the horizontal top rail of a fixed fence segment or run, and the adjusting slot is fitted with an adjustable nipple which receives the top rail of an adjustable fence segment or run in construction of the fence. The adjustable nipple is typically bolted to the cap wall at the adjusting slot, and the bolt can be loosened to facilitate adjustment of the adjustable nipple and attached adjustable fence segment into a selected angular relationship with respect to the fixed fence segment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2004
    Inventor: Tracy L. Berry
  • Patent number: 6546676
    Abstract: A modular deflection device for securing to buildings to prevent birds, particularly pigeons, from roosting. The deflection device has a plurality of base rails arranged parallel and forming a web of modules divided by break points. The device includes a plurality of the modules, each having bent metal pins anchored thereto. The ends of the pins extend upwardly and outwardly, acting as spaced deflection elements to prevent birds from roosting over the deflection device. Preferably, one pin end extends perpendicularly upwards, while the other pin end extends outwardly at about 30° from vertical. The modules are separable at the break points for quickly fitting to a length of a building feature such as a ledge or molding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2003
    Inventors: Bernd Wiesener, Robert Wiesener, Mark Wiesener
  • Patent number: 6481696
    Abstract: A fence post top cap for retaining a wire trellis thereon consisting of a sheet metal body (20) configured to fit snugly on the top of a metallic studded fence post. The body includes a front (22), sides (24), a top (26) and a bottom (28) with the sides extending at obtuse angles from the front and having a plurality of bores (40). The top has a bent right angle horizontal lip (42) that extends rearward from the front, with the sides remaining upright forming a U-shape for resting trellis wires on the lip while containing them between the upright sides. The bottom, including the front and sides, conform to fence post exterior dimensions and fit tightly onto the posts concave face (32) with the studs (36) engaging the top cap front. A first cotter pin (44) penetrates the bores (40) in the sides between the posts studs holding the top cap in place vertically and a second cotter pin (46) disposed through similar bores retain trellis wires (48) that are strung between the posts to form a trellis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2002
    Inventors: Jeff Lion, Charles L. Pakchoian
  • Patent number: 6418674
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a line barrier system and method of installing such a system which includes, a plurality of modular supports having a base for mounting to the structure, with the supports having at least one projecting member extending in a fixed position from said base; a fastener for mounting said plurality of modular supports to the structure; and, at least one generally translucent line fixedly attached to said projecting member on more than one of said plurality of modular supports to provide a line barrier between the bird and the structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2002
    Inventor: Robert Deraedt
  • Publication number: 20020073633
    Abstract: An anti-perching device provided with elongated, laterally spaced, substantially vertical legs adapted to slip over construction frame members, elongated continuous side members extending upwardly therefrom at an angle to obscure the upper horizontal surfaces of the frame members and preclude perching thereon, an elongated continuous upper surface peak configuration extending along the length thereof and shaped to preclude the presentation of a horizontal surface for perching, and an integral stop mechanism for consistent vertical positioning of the device on the frame members.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2000
    Publication date: June 20, 2002
    Inventors: Michael J. Schlichting, Kurt J. Schlichting
  • Patent number: 6382596
    Abstract: A security fence includes a panel of chain wire mesh supported by posts having lower portions and upper portions. The lower portions and the upper portions of the fence posts are connected by a flexible member so that the upper portions are resiliently deflectable. The upper portions support a barrier of barbed wire. The flexible member and the upper portions are located above adult height so that efforts to climb the fence causes the upper portions to resiliently deflect down onto the person attempting to climb the fence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2002
    Assignee: Neumann Steel Pty Ltd.
    Inventor: James Ellerslie D'Ath
  • Publication number: 20010052595
    Abstract: A portable fencing system for creating a temporary or semi-permanent barrier or boundary comprising a selected, substantially continuous section of generally flat, flexible fencing material being a selected length and width and a selected number of supports parts having a length and a base at one end, said fencing material comprising at least one reflective strip along said length and an active lighting. The system may further comprise a power source, and a container for transportation and/or storage of the system. In some embodiments, the system may comprise these parallel reflective strips equally spaced across the width. In some embodiments, the active lighting may comprise a single lighting element comprising a number of interconnected light emitting sources, and in other embodiments, a number of discrete light emitting sources. In any case, the lighting may be processed by a suitable power source such as alternating or direct current, one or more batteries, a generator, photo-cells and the like.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2001
    Publication date: December 20, 2001
    Inventor: John K. Hulett
  • Patent number: 6199831
    Abstract: A non-electric perimeter fence to prevent animals from entering a restricted area comprises a vertical barrier member extending to a predetermined height above ground level and an angled barrier member extending upwardly and outwardly from the vertical member relative to the restricted area. The vertical member may comprise a conventional chain link fence and the angled member is preferably made of a sheet material. The surface of the angled member which is presented to an animal attempting to climb over the fence is preferably smooth and free of protrusions which could assist the animal in climbing the fence. Preferably, the height of the angled member is sufficient to prevent an animal such as an adult raccoon from reaching over its upper edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2001
    Inventors: Paul H. Patrick, Scott Poulton
  • Patent number: 6044595
    Abstract: A billboard netting system for a billboard (10) including top netting pieces (40, 46, 48), side netting pieces (50, 54, 56, 58), and bottom netting piece (52). Such netting pieces enclose potential bird nesting structure of the billboard, yet allow for easy access to the catwalks (24, 26, 28, 30, 32, 34) of the billboard. As a result, billboards 12, 16 are exterior of the netting pieces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2000
    Assignee: Hot Foot America L.P.
    Inventor: Roger Snow
  • Patent number: 5974998
    Abstract: A device that prevents birds from landing atop a masthead of a boat or wind indicating devices mounted on the masthead includes an upstanding post having an upper end positioned above the top of the mast and any wind indicating devices. A plurality of rods radiate outwardly from the upper end in interfering relation to the landing area atop the masthead or wind indicating devices to foil landing attempts. The post is attached to a halyard and the device is raised in an inverted configuration when the halyard is raised. The device is also attached to a downhaul line so that when the device reaches the top of the mast, pulling on the downhaul line inverts the device and deploys it into its operative configuration. The radially disposed rods positioned in the landing area deprive birds of the clearance space they need when landing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 2, 1999
    Inventor: William C. Gregg, III
  • Patent number: 5713160
    Abstract: A retractable device for deterring birds from landing, roosting or nesting on a surface of a building structure, the device including at least two holding mechanisms each having a mounting member to be attached to the building structure and an arm for securing wire between the wire holding mechanisms, the arms being pivotally connected at respective pivots to the mounting members and being selectively pivotable to an operational protracted position in which the arms and wire lie above the surface of the building structure and to a non-operational retracted position in which the arms and wire lie below the surface of the building structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 1996
    Date of Patent: February 3, 1998
    Inventor: Harold G. Heron
  • Patent number: 5662313
    Abstract: A barb arm extension assembly is provided for retrofitting an existing anchor fence with barbed wire. The assembly includes a main body comprising an arm having means for retaining at least one strand of barbed wire and a first half-shell clamp member for engaging a first side of a fence post. A hinged bracket provides a second half-shell clamp member for engaging a second side of the post. Each of the half-shell clamp members has a central portion with an internal diameter sufficient to contain one of said caps without contacting it, and a necked-down bottom portion for engaging the post without disturbing either the post cap of the rail retained by the post cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 2, 1997
    Inventor: Joseph H. Forrester
  • Patent number: 5606830
    Abstract: An anti-bird perching device which can be installed by draping over railings, water pipes, wire cables or the like, either as a permanent or temporary barrier or deterrent for keeping both small and large birds from landing or perching on the understructure to be protected is described. The device comprises two identical panels made of a wire open rectangular grid fencing which said panels are hingedly attached to one another at spaced horizontal points, and wherein the wire material above the hinge points define two parallel rows of crisscrossing upwardly projecting wire prongs or spikes defining a surface which deters birds from landing or perching thereon. The hinged attachment permits the two-wire panel units to be pulled apart for installation or collapsed tightly together for compact shipping and storage applications. A method of installing multiple barrier units along a span of electric cable, telephone wire or water pipes and the like is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 1995
    Date of Patent: March 4, 1997
    Inventors: Charles E. Townsend, Jr., Charles E. Townsend, III
  • Patent number: 5577710
    Abstract: An assembly for extending a vertical height of a fence. The inventive device includes a plurality of mourning posts securable to opposed sides of an existing fence. A plurality of panels extend between the posts and rest upon a top surface of the fence so as to extend an effective vertical height of the fence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 1995
    Date of Patent: November 26, 1996
    Inventor: George T. Kirby
  • Patent number: 5461364
    Abstract: An intrusion detection device that can be used singly or in multiplicity to immediately and silently alert the user of attempts to climb over a security fencing system. The invention consists of a base element which attaches to the security fencing, and an alarming arm. The alarming arm is equipped with barrier material, such as concertina wire or barbed wire. The alarming arm is connected to the base element both at a pivot point and through a tensioning means. Attempts to climb over the barrier material result in additional loading of the alarming arm which rotates transversely about the pivot point, and against the force of the tensioning means. This rotational displacement of the alarming arm enables an electrical sensing device which then signals that an intrusion is in progress.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 1994
    Date of Patent: October 24, 1995
    Inventors: Jack G. Sanford, Jr., Jack G. Sanford, Sr.
  • Patent number: 5433029
    Abstract: A bird repellent apparatus which is specifically designed for installation on telephone and electrical wires and the like or other extremely narrow, elongated surfaces to which it would be difficult, if not impossible to install any prior art bird repellent apparatus. More specifically, a channel member is configured for receiving a large plurality of top members in a continuous serial array, wherein preferably the prongs of a plurality of top members all lie in the same or substantially the same plane. In the preferred embodiment disclosed herein, the channel member is affixed either by adhesive materials or fastening elements to a cable clamp which, in one exemplary embodiment, comprises a pair of matching C-shaped members having flanges, at least one of which can be selectively fastened by a fastener, such as a bolt or a rivet. The clamp is adapted to encircle and compressively engage a cable, such as a telephone wire or electrical wire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 1994
    Date of Patent: July 18, 1995
    Inventors: Bruce A. Donoho, Richard V. Wells
  • Patent number: 5310163
    Abstract: A barrier is fixed on a wall or other perimeter structure by way of support posts. The barrier has a support shaft along which a number of rotatable units are mounted. Each rotatable unit is formed from two interengaged elements, each element having been formed from a length of metal tubing. Part of the tubing has been cut longitudinally to define blades extending from one end of a tubular portion, and splayed outwardly and spaced apart. Two such elements are assembled so that their blades interengage to form one of the units. The rotatable units so constructed are simple to manufacture, but provide an effective barrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 1993
    Date of Patent: May 10, 1994
    Inventor: David P. Waite
  • Patent number: 5267724
    Abstract: A novel apparatus and system for securing the integrity of an enclosure against escape or entry by cats. The invention provides a retrofit for common suburban fences which doesn't detract from the ambiance of the garden or injure the cats trying to get in or out.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 1990
    Date of Patent: December 7, 1993
    Inventors: Buddy Heath, Georgia Heath
  • Patent number: 5143354
    Abstract: An attachment to a fence, such as a chain link fence, used to confine a dog, prevents the dog from climbing the fence or using the top of the fence to assist himself in escaping over the fence. The attachment creates a region of instability, superjacent the top of the fence, which will not support the dog's weight and thus does not allow the dog to cling to or push off of the top rail of the fence. The region of instability is created by a freely rotatable roller attachment or a flexible panel attachment, both of which yield under the weight of the canine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 1991
    Date of Patent: September 1, 1992
    Inventor: McEdward M. Nolan
  • Patent number: 5139256
    Abstract: A net for a ball game comprising vertical end posts (1,2) and a vertical center post (3), a cross bar (7) extending between the end posts and the center post adjacent their upper ends to define the "height" of the net, a multiplicity of rows of net line (10) extending between each end post and the center post to provide a visible "net", the adjacent lines (10) being spaced sufficiently to allow a ball to pass when played at a level which is lower than the level of the net, the post (1,2,3) being hollow, the end posts receiving retaining member for the ends of the net lines (10), the center post (3) having a central rotatable tube (25) through which the net lines (10) pass, the net lines (10) being retractable within the center post (3) by rotation of the tube (25).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 1991
    Date of Patent: August 18, 1992
    Inventor: Kenneth A. Logan
  • Patent number: 5062612
    Abstract: The invention provides an elongate security rail comprising a land extending in the long direction of the rail and which is connectable to the top edge of a wall or the frame of a framed fence. A series of barbed palings one spaced apart on one side of the land, and a series of spikes one spaced apart on the opposite side of the land. The land, palings and spikes are formed integrally from a strip of flat metal and subsequently bent so as to project in a generally upward direction when the land is connected to the wall. This invention also provides a method of making such a security rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 1990
    Date of Patent: November 5, 1991
    Inventor: William H. Mincher
  • Patent number: 4937988
    Abstract: A barrier for preventing pigeons from landing on a balcony rail comprising a pair of support brackets adapted for flush mounting to opposite ends of the balcony rail, and a plurality of monofilament wires secured between the pair of support brackets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 1989
    Date of Patent: July 3, 1990
    Assignees: William H. Young, Vaughn W. Boyt
    Inventor: Edouard A. Gratton
  • Patent number: D357771
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 1992
    Date of Patent: April 25, 1995
    Inventors: Charles E. Townsend, III, Charles E. Townsend, Jr.