Internet package shipping systems and methods

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United States of America Patent

PATENT NO 7844481
APP PUB NO 20050038758A1
SERIAL NO

10832111

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Abstract

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A system and methods for shipping a package (12) from a package sender (16) to an intended recipient (18), utilizing Internet communications (30) to place shipping orders, request on demand package pickup, maintain and utilize prestored profile information, view shipping history, track orders, etc. A package sender (16) with an Internet-accessible computer (20) accesses an Internet site and associated shipping system (10) operated by a shipping service provider (14). The package sender (16) enters information required for shipping the package (12), including shipping options and methods for payment. The options and payment for the shipment transaction are validated. If the transaction is validated, printer indicia are communicated to the customer's computer (20), which is enabled to locally print a prepaid label (25) containing special machine-readable (876) as well as human-readable indicia (904). The shipping service provider (14) acquires the package by drop-off, standard pickup or on call pickup, scans the machine readable indicia, verifies other indicia of authenticity, and processes the package (12) in accordance with information encoded on the label.

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Patent Owner(s)

Patent OwnerAddressTotal Patents
UNITED PARCEL SERVICE OF AMERICA, INC.ATLANTA, GA480

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Inventor(s)

Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Creasy, Anthony G Suwanee, US 4 121
Deveney, Jim New Freedom, US 3 118
Dorris, Thomas Frederick, US 3 118
Gephart, Robert York, US 4 118
Hilbush, Mark R Baltimore, US 3 118
Lawson, Phillip G Hewitt, US 3 118
Michel, David Baltimore, US 24 211
Minahan, Diane Annapolis, US 3 118
Orf, Charles G Stewartstown, US 3 118
Rashbaum, Diane Lynn T Gainesville, US 3 118
Schenken, Christopher T Alpharetta, US 23 243
Sneeringer, Jane Baltimore, US 3 118
Stadele, Kurt L Alpharetta, US 4 120
Trowbridge, Mark Cumming, US 3 118
Wight, Lawrence Parkton, US 3 118
Yanikov, John York, US 3 118
Yeung, Steve Timonium, US 10 148

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Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
TELEMATICS CORPORATION (1)
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Other [Check patent profile for assignment information] (1)
* 5047614 Method and apparatus for computer-aided shopping 339 1989
 
MITSUBISHI DENKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA (1)
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PITNEY BOWES INC. (1)
* 6963861 Method and system for resolution of carrier specific data utilizing a generic data model 13 1999
 
LOGISTICARE SOLUTIONS, LLC (1)
* 5122959 Transportation dispatch and delivery tracking system 262 1988
* Cited By Examiner

Patent Citation Ranking

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Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
AMI ENTERTAINMENT NETWORK, LLC (1)
9239695 Multi-region interactive display 0 2013
 
Other [Check patent profile for assignment information] (1)
9691076 Demand response system having a participation predictor 0 2015
 
GT GETTAXI LIMITED (4)
* D726736 Graphical user interface for ordering transportation on a display screen or portion thereof 45 2011
* D747729 Graphical user interface for a display screen or portion thereof 10 2015
* D745537 Graphical user interface for a display screen or portion there of 1 2015
* D745538 Graphical user interface for a display screen or portion thereof 3 2015
 
ELECTROLINE CORPORATION (1)
* 8493339 Multi-region interactive display 1 2009
 
Shyp, Inc. (1)
9626639 Image processing and item transport 0 2015
 
WORLDPAK, INC. (2)
* 8170951 Method and apparatus for facilitating shipment of packages 0 2009
* 2010/0057,596 METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR FACILITATING SHIPMENT OF PACKAGES 5 2009
 
AMAZON TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (2)
* 8000988 Selecting shipping methods dependent on a dynamic model of shipping activity 5 2006
* 8967458 Messages associated with unopened delivered packages 0 2012
 
HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC. (2)
9389850 System and approach to manage versioning of field devices in a multi-site enterprise 0 2012
9665078 System for propagating messages for purposes of demand response 0 2014
 
KOREA SMART CARD CO., LTD. (3)
* 8543530 Card authorization terminal system and card management method using the same 0 2008
* 2012/0150,794 CARD AUTHORIZATION TERMINAL SYSTEM AND CARD MANAGEMENT METHOD USING THE SAME 0 2008
* 2009/0125,558 Card authorization terminal system and card management method using the same 13 2008
 
EBE, Inc. (2)
* 8364702 Applicant qualification process 1 2011
* 2011/0289,107 Applicant Qualification Process 0 2011
 
Zzzoom, LLC (2)
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* Cited By Examiner

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