US 11,051,494 B2
Systems and methods for facilitating seed feeder filling
Robert W. Donegan, Denver, CO (US); Bryan Krueger, Denver, CO (US); John Bruno, Parker, CO (US); Lindsey Nifong, Denver, CO (US); John Putz, Fountain City, WI (US); Stephen Combs, Denver, CO (US); and Lynn Hunter, Parker, CO (US)
Assigned to CLASSIC BRANDS, LLC, Denver, CO (US)
Filed by Classic Brands, LLC, Denver, CO (US)
Filed on Sep. 14, 2017, as Appl. No. 15/705,022.
Application 15/705,022 is a continuation in part of application No. PCT/US2016/023471, filed on Mar. 21, 2016.
Application PCT/US2016/023471 is a continuation in part of application No. 29/550,881, filed on Jan. 7, 2016, granted, now D802851.
Claims priority of provisional application 62/534,006, filed on Jul. 18, 2017.
Claims priority of provisional application 62/135,618, filed on Mar. 19, 2015.
Prior Publication US 2018/0000052 A1, Jan. 4, 2018
Int. Cl. A01K 39/01 (2006.01); A01K 39/012 (2006.01); B65D 51/24 (2006.01); B65D 43/16 (2006.01); B65D 43/24 (2006.01); B65B 7/28 (2006.01)
CPC A01K 39/012 (2013.01) [A01K 39/01 (2013.01); B65B 7/2842 (2013.01); B65D 43/163 (2013.01); B65D 43/24 (2013.01); B65D 51/242 (2013.01)] 20 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
1. A method for easy filling a bird feeder, the method comprising:
receiving a depression of a release button on a cap assembly, the cap assembly having a cap base connected to a body at a proximal end using a mount, the body defining a reservoir of the bird feeder, the mount including a lid arm extending proximally along an inner surface of the cap base and releasably connecting a lid to the cap base at a first side in a closed position, the release button being disposed on the lid arm and extending through a releaser opening defined in the cap base, the depression of the release button displacing the lid arm inwardly into a cap opening and away from the cap base, the cap opening providing access to the reservoir;
a disconnecting the lid of the cap assembly from the first side of the cap base in response to the lid arm displacing inwardly upon the depression of the release button;
moving the lid from the closed position to an open position using a bias of a spring assembly upon the release of the lid, the lid moving from the closed position to the open position along a rotation path created by a hinge at a second side of the cap base, the lid held in the open position by the spring bias, the open position providing access to the reservoir through the cap opening; and
receiving birdseed through the cap opening into the reservoir when the lid is in the open position.