US Patent Application No: 2005/0038,758

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Internet package shipping systems and methods

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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, GA401

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Inventor(s)

Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Creasy, Anthony G Suwanee, GA 8 80
Deveney, Jim New Freedom, PA 7 79
Dorris, Thomas Frederick, MD 7 79
Gephart, Robert York, PA 9 79
Hilbush, Mark R Baltimore, MD 7 79
Lawson, Phillip G Hewitt, NJ 7 79
Michel, David Manor Farm, Otley Road, Adel, Leeds, GB 29 142
Minahan, Diane Annapolis, MD 6 79
Orf, Charles G Stewartstown, PA 7 79
Rashbaum, Diane Lynn T Gainesville, GA 7 86
Schenken, Christopher T Alpharetta, GA 32 122
Sneeringer, Jane Baltimore, MD 7 79
Stadele, Kurt L Alpharetta, GA 8 81
Trowbridge, Mark Cumming, GA 7 79
Wight, Lawrence Parkton, MD 7 79
Yanikov, John York, PA 7 79
Yeung, Steve Fremont, CA 11 105

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YAMATAKE CORPORATION (1)
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