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I did an advanced search for AN/"Amazon" AND (delivery OR locker OR distribution) and could not find a patent for the Amazon Locker. Is it patented? If so, what is the patent number? Is it publicly known if they tried to patent it? If not, why not? Or are they licensing from another patent?

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I highly recommend not using the USPTO's search site. Google patents is easier to use, more forgiving of poor search strings, now has patents and patent applications from China, Europe and WIPO, and provides access to information besides the patent itself, including assignment history.

The search you did might have found something if you didn't have the ".com" in the search string. The company's actual corporate name has no dot com in it. Putting amazon locker into google patents turns up several documents, including:

A better search would be to use google patents advanced and put Amazon in the assignee field instead.

US8504653 Amazon

If looking for physical lockers, a quick search did not turn up Amazon patent documents, but others are in that game.

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  • The link you gave is for a digital locker. The "locker" I refer to is a physical goods locker.
    – Gaia
    Oct 24, 2013 at 23:35
  • I'm using AN/"Amazon" now, but still no luck finding the patent.
    – Gaia
    Oct 24, 2013 at 23:48
  • That link (which you removed) refers to a Hitachi Patent. Is Amazon licensing from Hitachi?
    – Gaia
    Oct 24, 2013 at 23:55
  • So Amazon does NOT have a patent?
    – Gaia
    Oct 24, 2013 at 23:57
  • Thanks, I removed it because I was too hasty posting it, sorry. There may be patents out there from Amazon on this topic but I did not see any. Also, if you stick with the USPTO search, they have a completely separate page for searching published applications. Just because my 5 min. search doesn't find something does not mean it doesn't exist.
    – George White
    Oct 24, 2013 at 23:59

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