What Did The Patent Landscape of United Parcel Service Look Like?

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United Parcel Service Inc., commonly known as UPS, is a multinational package delivery and supply chain management company. It was founded in Seattle, Washington, in 1907 as a messenger company and later expanded its services to include package delivery and logistics solutions. Today, UPS operates in more than 220 countries and territories and delivers more than 20 million packages and documents every day.  

United Parcel Service has a total of 545 patents globally. Out of 545patents, 180 patents are active. UPS has a market capitalization of approximately $152 billion USD, making it one of the largest package delivery companies in the world.    

Have a look at some of the most well-known patents held by United Parcel Service Corporation that we have covered in this article. You can also get information on United Parcel Service Corporation’s patents, the global patent filing activity country wise, its historical patent filing trends, and many more statistics regarding United Parcel Service Corporation’s patent portfolio.

Patent-Application Success Trend Year Wise in United Parcel Service

What Did The Patent Landscape of United Parcel Service Look Like?

This chart shows the number of applications filed and the number of grants from these applications. Grant rate is a good indicator to identify successful applications and the graph helps to understand the progress in the technology area. 

Detailed Patent Portfolio Of United Parcel Service

Publication Type 

Simple Legal Status 

Legal State 

Count of Publications 

APPLICATION 

DEAD 

LAPSED 

84 

DISCONTINUATION 

50 

EXPIRED 

24 

REJECTED 

23 

ABANDONED 

15 

WITHDRAWN 

8 

CEASED 

6 

NON-PAYMENT 

3 

ACTIVE 

GRANTED 

84 

PENDING 

EXAMINATION 

36 

PUBLISHED 

2 

UNDETERMINED 

UNDETERMINED 

5 

PATENT 

DEAD 

EXPIRED 

77 

CEASED 

15 

NON-PAYMENT 

7 

ACTIVE 

GRANTED 

94 

PENDING 

EXAMINATION 

6 

DESIGN 

DEAD 

EXPIRED 

5 

ACTIVE 

GRANTED 

2 

Technology Domain-wise Patent Trend in United Parcel Service

What Did The Patent Landscape of United Parcel Service Look Like?

The chart above distributes patents filed till 2021 in United Parcel Service on the basis of the technology protected in patents. This helps to understand the most frequently used concepts and the key focus areas in the technology space.

Top Publications In The Domain With Their Forward Citation Frequency

The table below depicts the patents with most number of forward citations. These patents are likely to be the source of advancement in the domain and can be considered as valuable and core inventions. 

Publication Number 

Year Wise Break Down 

Count of Citing Patents 

< 2006 

2006-2010 

2011-2015 

2016-2020 

>2020 

US-20040203909-A1 

14 

65 

280 

138 

20 

517 

US-6285916-B1 

95 

109 

113 

73 

29 

419 

US-6539360-B1 

66 

110 

118 

85 

32 

411 

US-5770841-A 

110 

170 

70 

21 

7 

378 

US-6460020-B1 

77 

98 

125 

48 

19 

367 

US-20030114206-A1 

16 

75 

97 

117 

53 

358 

US-4874936-A 

181 

86 

60 

20 

10 

357 

US-20060235739-A1 

0 

38 

109 

142 

67 

356 

US-5631827-A 

103 

71 

83 

19 

8 

284 

US-20050038758-A1 

35 

73 

80 

69 

24 

281 

Who Were The Leading Patent Filers Countries Till 2021 In United Parcel Service? 

What Did The Patent Landscape of United Parcel Service Look Like?

IPC Classification Wise Patent Trend In United Parcel Service

The table below represents the top 10 market domains according to their IPC classification where inventors believed it was critical to safeguard certain technical inventions. 

IPC Classification 

Number of Applications 

Number of Granted 

% Granted 

DATA PROCESSING SYSTEMS OR METHODS, SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR ADMINISTRATIVE, COMMERCIAL, FINANCIAL, MANAGERIAL, SUPERVISORY OR FORECASTING PURPOSES; SYSTEMS OR METHODS SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR ADMINISTRATIVE, COMMERCIAL, FINANCIAL, MANAGERIAL, SUPERVISORY OR FORECASTING PURPOSES, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR (G06Q) 

254 

67 

26 

ELECTRIC DIGITAL DATA PROCESSING (G06F) 

97 

36 

37 

RECOGNITION OF DATA; PRESENTATION OF DATA; RECORD CARRIERS; HANDLING RECORD CARRIERS (G06K) 

90 

46 

51 

TRANSPORT OR STORAGE DEVICES, e.g. CONVEYORS FOR LOADING OR TIPPING, SHOP CONVEYOR SYSTEMS OR PNEUMATIC TUBE CONVEYORS (B65G) 

76 

46 

61 

POSTAL SORTING; SORTING INDIVIDUAL ARTICLES, OR BULK MATERIAL FIT TO BE SORTED PIECE-MEAL, e.g. BY PICKING (B07C) 

32 

16 

50 

MEASURING DISTANCES, LEVELS OR BEARINGS; SURVEYING; NAVIGATION; GYROSCOPIC INSTRUMENTS; PHOTOGRAMMETRY OR VIDEOGRAMMETRY (G01C) 

23 

9 

39 

IMAGE DATA PROCESSING OR GENERATION, IN GENERAL (G06T) 

23 

13 

57 

TIME OR ATTENDANCE REGISTERS; REGISTERING OR INDICATING THE WORKING OF MACHINES; GENERATING RANDOM NUMBERS; VOTING OR LOTTERY APPARATUS; ARRANGEMENTS, SYSTEMS OR APPARATUS FOR CHECKING NOT PROVIDED FOR ELSEWHERE (G07C) 

21 

9 

43 

TRAFFIC CONTROL SYSTEMS (G08G) 

21 

4 

19 

RADIO DIRECTION-FINDING; RADIO NAVIGATION; DETERMINING DISTANCE OR VELOCITY BY USE OF RADIO WAVES; LOCATING OR PRESENCE-DETECTING BY USE OF THE REFLECTION OR RERADIATION OF RADIO WAVES; ANALOGOUS ARRANGEMENTS USING OTHER WAVES (G01S) 

19 

3 

16 

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