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They Invented What? (No. 33)

Posted in They Invented What? by Jake Ward on January 31, 2007

U.S. Pat. No. 4,656,770:  Bird repelling means.



This invention is a combination of visual and aural devices to create panic in selected bird species. This is accomplished in part through a body simulating a Tiger Cat which is weathervane mounted. The body includes bright orange stripes and has predatory eyes. Streamers depicting paniced birds are attached to the tiger’s tail and an internal wind driven flute produces a variety of the noises. Additionally, reflectors are used on a propeller to simulate light reflection from a gun barrel. Further, random or scheduled explosions from an automatic acetylene exploder and bird warning and distress calls are broadcast over loud speakers for the species of birds being repelled.


1. A bird repelling means comprising: predator simulating means; a wind driven flute mounted within said predator simulating means; means for mechanically altering the tone of said wind driven flute; means for periodically broadcasting prerecorded bird warning and panic calls; and means for periodically creating explosion-type noises whereby the simulated predator will act as a visual bird repelling means while the wind flute, periodic broadcast and explosions will act as an aural means of repelling said birds.


Fraser Clemens Martin & Miller LLC.

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on January 31, 2007

Per this recent post at Miller’s Small Business Blog, William J. Clemens, Esq. has announced his intent to join the firm of Fraser Martin & Miller.  Effective February 1, 2007,  the firm will be renamed as Fraser Clemens Martin & Miller LLC. 

Mr. Clemens is an electrical engineer and attorney, and has over 30 years of experience counseling and representing clients in connection with U.S. and foreign patents, trademarks and copyrights; intellectual property licensing; contracts for developing, purchasing and licensing computer hardware and software; infringement; and other technology-related legal matters.