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Recent patent applications related to United States Postal Service. United States Postal Service is listed as an Agent/Assignee. Note: United States Postal Service may have other listings under different names/spellings. We're not affiliated with United States Postal Service, we're just tracking patents.

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Systems for autonomous item delivery

Methods and systems for autonomous item delivery and/or pick up are provided. In some aspects, a mothership travels along an item route. ... United States Postal Service

System and method for processing distribution items in a distribution network

Systems and methods for processing distribution items having unique identifiers affixed thereon. The unique identifiers can include computer readable codes and written alphanumeric strings generated by a user. ... United States Postal Service

Methods and systems for a digital trust architecture

In some aspects, methods and systems for a digital trust architecture are provided. In some aspects, the architecture includes a user account provisioning process. ... United States Postal Service

Systems and methods for loading items into a tray

Features for systems and methods for loading items into a tray are disclosed. The system may have an item conveyor configured to move the items towards a tray conveyor. ... United States Postal Service

Multi-level distribution and tracking systems and methods

A distribution item is disclosed. The distribution item includes a first item comprising a container having an outer surface defining an enclosed space. ... United States Postal Service

Systems, devices and methods for receiving an item

Systems, devices and methods for receiving an item in a receptacle are disclosed. Features are disclosed for receiving and guiding an item in a receiving space of a receptacle so as to attenuate or remove the impact force of the item on the receptacle. ... United States Postal Service

Smart drop box

A smart drop box, system, and method for providing item deposit verification. A smart drop box includes an item receptacle, a processor in communication with the item receptacle, and a user interface in communication with the processor. ... United States Postal Service

System and method of sorting and sequencing items

Embodiments of a system and method for sorting and sequencing articles in a processing facility are disclosed. Delivery endpoints are divided and grouped into stop groups. ... United States Postal Service

System and method for providing real-time tracking of items in a distribution network

Systems and methods of processing items. Items in a distribution network or process may be scanned at every handling point in the distribution network, and each scan is recorded in a central repository. ... United States Postal Service

High-strength lock

Described herein is locking apparatus, method for making a locking apparatus, and method for mounting a locking apparatus to the door of a personal storage container. The locking apparatus may include a threaded portion having deformed threads and a lock body shape to fit a restrictive mounting hole.. ... United States Postal Service

Method and system for item authentication and customization

A method of illumating an item is disclosed. The method includes applying adhesive to the item, interspersing a taggant in the adhesive, illuminating the item with an excitation signal, sensing luminescence emitted by the taggant in response to illumination by the excitation signal, and determining the authenticity of the item based on the sensed emitted luminescence. ... United States Postal Service

System and method for providing centralized management and distribution of information to remote users

The invention includes systems, methods, and software applications for centrally maintaining information and automatically distributing relevant portions of the information to remote users. In one embodiment, a central server stores the information, which is maintained on the central server. ... United States Postal Service

Item tracking using a dynamic region of interest

Systems, devices, and methods for monitoring items in a defined physical area can include a primary camera configured to detect a region of interest within a defined physical area and the coordinates of the region of interest in the defined physical area. A plurality of secondary cameras can positioned throughout a defined physical area. ... United States Postal Service

Systems, devices and methods for sorting items

Sorting systems and methods for large quantities of items in industrial processes are described. The systems, devices and methods are for receiving, sorting and removing items dynamically. ... United States Postal Service

12/14/17 / #20170354993

Systems, devices and methods for sorting items

Sorting systems and methods for large quantities of items in industrial processes are described. The systems, devices and methods are for receiving, sorting and removing items dynamically. ... United States Postal Service

12/07/17 / #20170348733

System and method of unloading a container of items

Embodiments of a system and method for unloading articles from a container of items for use in an automatic stack feeder are disclosed. The automatic stack feeder may comprise a belt, a moveable lower paddle, and a moveable upper paddle, wherein the lower paddle is configured to partially extend through a belt of the automatic stack feeder. ... United States Postal Service

11/30/17 / #20170345103

Methods and systems for collecting fees from a merchant and remitting the fees to an administrative agency

The present disclosure provides systems, processes, and methods for the remittance of sales tax to a government entity on behalf of a first entity, such as a merchant, for a remote purchase of a product made by a second entity, such as a buyer. The merchant may be in electronic communication with the buyer to receive the order from the buyer. ... United States Postal Service

11/30/17 / #20170342744

Receptacle locking device

Receptacle locking devices are disclosed. A receptacle locking device having a contact arm and a pivoting feature can be pivoted from a first, unlocked position to a second, locked position, wherein the contact arm prevents opening of the receptacle door when the locking device is in the second, locked position.. ... United States Postal Service

11/16/17 / #20170327332

Anti-rotation device and method of use

A device for reducing rotation of an article during singulation of a stack of articles is disclosed. The device may include a torsion element, a rotatable member configured to rotate about an elongated axis of the torsion element between a first position and a second position, and a revolving member coupled to the rotatable member. ... United States Postal Service

11/09/17 / #20170323304

Item status tracking

A method and system for tracking the status of a label. The system can include a memory with a database. ... United States Postal Service

11/09/17 / #20170320101

Method for sorting residual letters and flats to carrier route segments using two passes on a machine with intermediate staging

Embodiments of a system and method for sorting and delivering articles in a processing facility. Delivery endpoints are divided and grouped into stop groups. ... United States Postal Service

10/26/17 / #20170304872

Systems, methods and devices for item processing

Methods, systems and devices for item processing. The systems can include a pass module that can include features that receive inputs relating to an item for processing and provide those inputs to other components and/or modules of a pass system and/or of another system. ... United States Postal Service

09/28/17 / #20170278065

System and method of coordinating distribution of an item

A system and method for coordinating item delivery is disclosed. The system includes a control hub configured to receive item information, a dynamic routing system configured to provide routing instructions, and a handheld device configured to receive routing instructions. ... United States Postal Service

09/28/17 / #20170278063

Receptacle for detecting delivery and retrieval events

A receptacle for detecting delivery and retrieval events has a door sensor, an item sensor, a scanner, and a control unit for operating the sensors, and transmitting the sensor information for processing and analysis. A system can determine whether an event was a delivery or retrieval event based on sensor information and item tracking information. ... United States Postal Service

09/21/17 / #20170268889

Methods and systems for creating and using a location identification grid

A method and system for generating a location identification grid and for using a location identification grid. The location identification grid can include a first geographic area that correspond to a pre-existing area. ... United States Postal Service

09/14/17 / #20170259957

Rigid tray container and method of use

Embodiments of this disclosure include a rigid tray container and methods and equipment for using the rigid tray container in batched process operations. In one embodiment, a mass container is sized and dimensioned to receive one or several rigid tray containers. ... United States Postal Service

08/31/17 / #20170248435

Methods and systems for creating and using a location identification grid

A method and system for generating a location identifier using a location code and a grid coordinate. The location code corresponds to a defined geographical area, such as a postal code or an area code. ... United States Postal Service

08/10/17 / #20170230382

Apparatus and methods for the secure transfer of electronic data

An embodiment of the invention provides a method for processing a secure electronic transaction over a network from a sender to a receiver, which includes the process of generating a first unique representation of information included in the transaction, encrypting the information with a first encryption layer, and forming an encryption packet which includes the first encryption layer. The encryption packet is then transmitted over a network and then received the by a receiver. ... United States Postal Service

08/10/17 / #20170228687

Multi-level distribution and tracking systems and methods

A distribution item is disclosed. The distribution item includes a first item comprising a container having an outer surface defining an enclosed space. ... United States Postal Service

08/10/17 / #20170225903

Systems and methods for sleeve detection

A device, system, and method for detecting a covering sleeve on a container. A sleeve detection system includes a conveyor, a height profile acquisition device, and a processor in communication with the height profile acquisition device. ... United States Postal Service

07/20/17 / #20170206246

Localized data affinity system and hybrid method

A method, system, and computer program for processing records is disclosed. In some aspects, a method includes associating, on at least one of the plurality of processors, each record with a record set of a plurality of record sets. ... United States Postal Service

07/20/17 / #20170205020

System and method for improved fixation of flats sequencing system linear actuator

A system of mitigating force in a mechanical system, the system comprising a frame member, a first rail connected to the frame member, a second rail connected to the frame member and extending along the frame member in parallel to the first rail, an assembly movably engaging the first and second rails, and a first bracket located between the first and second rails, with at least one first bracket attachment secured to the frame member, the first bracket sharing an upper edge with a lower edge of the first rail, such that a downward force applied on the first rail is distributed to the first bracket and the frame member via the at least one first bracket attachment.. . ... United States Postal Service

07/13/17 / #20170197233

Systems and methods for high throughput sorting

A high throughput sorting device is disclosed. The device includes a first sorter and a second sorter, each of the first and second sorters having a plurality of cells each configured to support, carry, and deposit an item. ... United States Postal Service

07/06/17 / #20170193444

Accurate tracking of item delivery using a confidence event recorder

A system and method for accurately sort items for delivery and track the delivery of items in an item distribution network using a purpose built confidence event recorder. Items can then be tracked while out for delivery through the use of confidence data recorded by a confidence event recorder carried by an item carrier. ... United States Postal Service

06/29/17 / #20170187701

Methods and systems for secure digital credentials

Methods and systems for resetting a digital credential within a digital credential based authentication system. The method includes logging a first administrative user into the digital credential system, receiving, from the first administrative user, a first portion of authentication credentials for a first customer, validating, by the first administrative user using the digital credential system, the first portion, logging a second administrative user into the digital credential system, receiving, from the second administrative user, a second portion of authentication credentials for the first customer, receiving the second portion by the second administrative user, validating, by the second administrative user using the digital credential system, the second portion; and resetting the authentication credentials based on the validation of the first portion and second portion.. ... United States Postal Service

06/29/17 / #20170185800

System and method using a database for enhanced user initiated requests of material or information

A method of providing material based on a user-initiated request utilizing an electronic database includes receiving search keywords to conduct a search and accessing a first database having previously stored contact information for the particular user in an initial table record. The method includes transforming data in the fields of the record for the particular user in the initial table to generate a record in a sanitized table, accessing a second electronic database having previously stored data structures corresponding to businesses, where each data structure maps selected keyword combinations to corresponding icons, and to particular material corresponding to each keyword combination, and displaying icons associated with search results having corresponding selected keywords near associated result items on an electronic display. ... United States Postal Service

06/29/17 / #20170184176

Elastomeric force mitigating joint

The technology disclosed provides a joint for connecting carrier units together so as to dissipate and absorb axial forces experienced by the carrier units. The joint may be comprised of a joint housing and an elastomeric insert. ... United States Postal Service

06/29/17 / #20170184175

Elastomeric force mitigating joint

The technology disclosed provides a joint for connecting carrier units together so as to dissipate and absorb axial forces experienced by the carrier units. The joint may be comprised of a joint housing and an elastomeric insert. ... United States Postal Service

06/01/17 / #20170154304

System and method for generating and implementing a household customer database

Systems and methods for generating and implementing a household customer database are disclosed. In one aspect, a method for processing items comprises receiving a first item to be delivered and identifying data corresponding to one or more of a source information and destination information of the first item. ... United States Postal Service

04/13/17 / #20170101211

Stackable receptacle for the shipment of goods

Embodiments of a reusable stackable shipping box are provided herein. The reusable stackable shipping box may be reused and cleaned without causing harm to the integrity of the box. ... United States Postal Service

04/06/17 / #20170098188

System and method of entering item into distribution network or service

The delivery of items by a distribution service involves processing and handling each of the items being delivered, as well as generating and following a route to deliver each of the items. These routes used by carriers of the distribution service(s) may result in the carriers traveling near or past a majority of or all residences and registered addresses each day or week. ... United States Postal Service

03/23/17 / #20170083861

Trackable postage

Embodiments relate to systems, devices, and computer-implemented methods for tracking delivery items associated with a postal tracking product that includes a tracking bar code and a serial number. The tracking bar code can be attached to a delivery item and mailed. ... United States Postal Service

03/16/17 / #20170076248

System and method of electronic and physical mail categorization and targeted delivery

Embodiments include systems and methods of a service that allows hard copy and electronic media customers to proactively specify, across a broad range of categories, the hard copy mail and/or electronic media mail that they would or would not like to receive. Embodiments include methods and systems configured to allow customers of delivery services to customize the flow of physical items such as hard copy or other letters or parcels, for delivery or electronic media mail from mailers based on highly specific customer-designated criteria. ... United States Postal Service

03/09/17 / #20170068784

Methods and systems for health care information management

Methods and systems for management of health care information include, in one aspect, a method including receiving input, via an electronic device, associating one or more additional individuals with the health care information, receiving electronic contact information for at least one of the additional individuals, receiving, via an electronic device, a request to access the health care information, presenting a prompt to the at least one of the additional individuals via their respective electronic contact information in response to the request, receiving second input indicating how the request should be processed, and processing the request based on the second input.. . ... United States Postal Service

03/09/17 / #20170066615

Systems, devices and methods for receiving an item

Systems, devices and methods for receiving an item in a receptacle are disclosed. Features are disclosed for receiving and guiding an item in a receiving space of a receptacle so as to attenuate or remove the impact force of the item on the receptacle. ... United States Postal Service

01/05/17 / #20170006008

System and method of providing identity verification services

A system and method of validating an upgrade of authentication credentials. The method includes authenticating a first user being associated with a first entity, receiving input identifying a customer name for the online account, receiving input indicating a type of identification to be presented at the validation event, receiving input indicating a transaction code associated with the validation event, and receiving input indicating a location of the validation event. ... United States Postal Service

01/05/17 / #20170004479

Method and system for interrogating and processing codes

An interrogating and processing system and method is described. A wireless communication device interrogates an information source, having a barcode or tag, and wirelessly transmits data indicative of the information source. ... United States Postal Service








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