NORTH KANSAS CITY, Mo. — On Sept. 3, the United States Patent Office issued patent number 10,398,141 to Rockwell Labs for the company’s “breakable non-flowing gel bait.”
The technology was developed by Rockwell Labs founder and CEO, Dr. Cisse Spragins in 2005, and first commercialized in 2009 with the launch of the company’s InTice Gelanimo Ant Bait. According to Rockwell Labs, the unique rigid gel bait technology provides the high-moisture bait insects are attracted to, in an easy-to-deploy format. Target insects are also never at risk of drowning or getting stuck in the bait, which might signal danger to other insects, Rockwell Labs reports.
“This patent took a while,“ Spragins said. “The patent office moves slowly, and we went around on the same issue with the examiner for quite some time. We finally filed an appeal in 2016, which was heard in January of this year.”
The three judges on the appeals board ruled unanimously in Rockwell Labs’ favor. “Fortunately, the patent office recognized the delays and the patent was issued with a term adjustment of 2051 days, so the patent will be in force for 14 years. We see numerous opportunities to exploit the rigid hydrogel bait technology and are pleased that we now have patent protection for this invention,” Spragins said. “Another related patent application is pending.”
InTice Gelanimo Ant Bait contains borax as the active ingredient and is available in 0.25-oz. stations, in 4-oz. cups that fit in the InTice Border Patrol System station for large colony baiting, and in boxes of five 35 gram syringes.