Although wild birds are not a typical “pet,” sources estimate that over 55 million Americans put out feed for birds each year—a number that continues to grow as more Americans become interested in creating their own backyard sanctuary. The wild bird feed market is estimated to be over $2 billion. In this post, we take a look at a couple of recently issued design patents for birdfeeders.

On April 27, 2021, the Patent Office issue D917,792 for the ornamental design for a birdfeeder, as shown and described in the figures below. Although broadly claimed, the birdfeeder in D917,792 appears to be specifically designed for hummingbirds because it features a small port (surrounded by the flower shaped ornamentation) for receiving a long skinny beak capable of reaching the liquid contained in the feeder.


On May 25, 2021, the Patent Office issued D920,593 for the ornamental design for a bamboo bird feeder, as shown in described in the figures below. The hexagon-shaped birdfeeder features a bamboo construction, which is known for sustainability and antibacterial properties. The birdfeeder also includes a transparent wall on one third having a bottom slot for releasing bird feed, and pegboard on another third with holes sufficient for small sized feed.

Birdfeeder rendering

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