Dropbox has been granted a patent for a method that allows users to create a customized organizational structure for their content items before uploading them to a remote storage. The system generates a visual representation of the organizational structure, detects any modifications made to it, and transmits the content items accordingly. The patent also covers the ability to resume interrupted uploads. GlobalData’s report on Dropbox gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

According to GlobalData’s company profile on Dropbox, file server virtualization was a key innovation area identified from patents. Dropbox's grant share as of September 2023 was 76%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Custom organizational structure for content items in remote storage

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Dropbox Inc

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11775140B2) describes a computer-implemented system and method for organizing and uploading content items to a content management system. The system includes a non-transitory computer-readable storage medium with instructions that, when executed by a processor, enable the system to perform various functions.

The first claim of the patent describes a computer-readable storage medium that allows a computing device to identify user-selected content items and determine a custom organizational structure for these items via a web-based online interface. The custom organizational structure includes placeholder icons that represent the content items and indicate a custom file hierarchy different from the local organizational structure on the computing device. The system then uploads the content items to the content management system, generating the custom file hierarchy and storing the items accordingly. If there is an interruption during the upload, the system can resume the process upon receiving a request, ensuring the content items are stored according to the custom file hierarchy.

Additional claims in the patent describe features such as identifying drag-and-drop operations to insert content items into a web-based application, providing notifications when certain content items cannot be uploaded via the web-based interface, generating metadata to represent the custom organizational structure, and receiving modifications to the organizational structure.

The patent also includes claims for a system comprising at least one processor and a computer-readable storage medium, as well as a computer-implemented method for determining a custom organizational structure, providing metadata to the content management system, initiating upload, detecting interruptions, and resuming the upload process.

Overall, this patent presents a system and method that allow users to organize and upload content items to a content management system using a custom organizational structure. The system provides flexibility in arranging and managing content items, ensuring they are stored according to the desired hierarchy. The ability to resume interrupted uploads enhances the efficiency and reliability of the content management process.

To know more about GlobalData’s detailed insights on Dropbox, buy the report here.

Data Insights


The gold standard of business intelligence.

Blending expert knowledge with cutting-edge technology, GlobalData’s unrivalled proprietary data will enable you to decode what’s happening in your market. You can make better informed decisions and gain a future-proof advantage over your competitors.


GlobalData, the leading provider of industry intelligence, provided the underlying data, research, and analysis used to produce this article.

GlobalData Patent Analytics tracks bibliographic data, legal events data, point in time patent ownerships, and backward and forward citations from global patenting offices. Textual analysis and official patent classifications are used to group patents into key thematic areas and link them to specific companies across the world’s largest industries.