Patents Represented by Attorney Angelo N. Chaclas
  • Patent number: 7896335
    Abstract: A scanner system for use with a paper handing system includes a scanner having a media feed path and which detects the physical characteristic data of documents transported along said feed path for scanning by said scanner. A paper handling subsystem is provided having a least one actuator coupled to control a mechanism adjustable to settings to adjust the subsystem to be set to process media having different physical characteristics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2011
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventor: Denis J. Stemmle
  • Patent number: 7867590
    Abstract: A label including a main section forming a blank label section and including a fluorescent signal section on the blank label section. The label is adapted to have an indicium subsequently printed on the blank label section by a printing device without the fluorescent signal section substantially interfering with reading of the indicium on the label.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2011
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventors: Richard A. Bernhard, Judith D. Auslander, Donald G. Mackay, Jay Reichelsheimer
  • Patent number: 7832444
    Abstract: A method and system for closing opened envelopes flaps against the envelope body includes transporting an envelope in a first direction and parking the envelope in a first parked position. An envelope flap closing mechanism is moved to commence the movement of the envelope flap toward said envelope body. The envelope flap is closed against the envelope body while transporting the envelope in a second direction toward a second parked position. The flap closing mechanism may be moveable from a lower position to an upper position. The envelope flap closing system may include a first transport path of travel for envelopes to be moved seriatim in a first direction from an entrance point to an exit point. A moveable flap closing mechanism is mounted along the path of travel for movement between a lower position and an upper position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2010
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventors: Robert J. Allen, Thomas M. Lyga, Neil F. Baldino
  • Patent number: 7835996
    Abstract: The security feature of a postal indicia is enhanced by recording a number in a memory of a radio frequency identification tag that is linked to a dual meter user before the tag is delivered to the user of the dual meter; processing by the dual meter the number recorded in the radio frequency identification tag memory when the dual postal indicia is being composed; storing the processed number in the radio frequency tag memory; affixing a postal indicia portion of a dual postal indicia and a radio frequency identification tag portion of a dual postal indicia to a mail piece; and uploading the number recoded in the radio frequency identification tag memory and the processed number stored in the radio frequency tag memory to a data center.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2010
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventor: Ronald P. Sansone
  • Patent number: 7072845
    Abstract: An information system includes a plurality of messaging systems, a data center and a control system. The plurality of messaging systems process respective messages intended for recipients. The data center is in operative communication with the plurality of messaging systems and stores transaction data associated with each respective message. The control system is in operative communication with the data center. The control system identifies selected transaction data from among the transaction data corresponding to a defined recipient and uses the selected transaction data to generate a recipient profile of messages intended for the defined recipient that have been processed by the plurality of messaging systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2006
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventor: Robert A. Law
  • Patent number: 7058586
    Abstract: An information delivery system includes a web server in operative communication with a plurality of recipients and a plurality of senders, the plurality of senders desirous of generating messages intended for the plurality of recipients, respectively. The web server includes a plurality of recipient preference profiles corresponding to the plurality of recipients, respectively, and a plurality of sender profiles corresponding to the plurality of senders, respectively. Each of the recipient preference profiles includes respective information directed to the recipient's preferences for receiving messages and the web server provides the plurality of senders with access to the plurality of recipient preference profiles. The web server maintains a relationship between a log of recipient preference profiles out of the plurality of recipient preference profiles that have been accessed by a particular sender.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2006
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventor: Robert A. Law
  • Patent number: 6970856
    Abstract: A postage printing system, having a computer, a data center and a control system. The computer is in operative communication with a printer for printing a postal indicia on an envelope. The data center is in operative communication with the computer which in turn is located remotely from the data center. The data center includes a plurality of user accounts and a plurality of advertiser accounts where each of the plurality of advertiser accounts includes respective ad data including message data and restriction data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2005
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventors: Richard W. Heiden, Steven M. Kaye, Jeffrey D. Pierce, Frederick W. Ryan, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6925451
    Abstract: A mail receipt terminal for accepting an envelope having evidence of postage applied thereto. The mail receipt terminal includes a controller module and an input scanner module and a printer module, both in operative communication with the controller module. The controller module includes a control system and a clock module. The input scanner module: (i) receives the envelope, (ii) scans the evidence of postage to determine its veracity, and (iii) rejects the envelope if the evidence of postage is determined to be improper. If the evidence of postage is determined to be proper, then the printer module prints a receipt including data thereon corresponding to the envelope where the receipt data includes a date/time stamp and an ID tracking number that uniquely corresponds to the envelope.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2005
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventors: William F. Bailey, Michael J. Shukaitis
  • Patent number: 6915281
    Abstract: A method and system for processing postage payments is described. In one configuration a digital pen is utilized to provide a mail piece identifier. The data provided is utilized to account for postage and verify payment of postage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2005
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventors: Jean-Hiram Coffy, Arthur J. Parkos, Robert A. Cordery
  • Patent number: 6904419
    Abstract: A method for auditing postage dispensing transactions at a postal facility includes the steps of: receiving in a secure processor based device a request to dispense an amount of postage; updating, in response to the request, accounting data within the secure processor based device to account for the amount of postage; cryptographically securing the updated accounting data in the secure processor based device; dispensing the amount of postage by generating and applying the cryptographically, secured, updated accounting data to a mailpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2005
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventors: Leon A. Pintsov, Frederick W. Ryan, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6867044
    Abstract: A method and system for detecting chemical or biological hazards in items is provided. A plurality of incoming mail mailboxes each include a sampler to sample air from a letter that is tested using a first sensor. Source information corresponding to hazard flagged mail pieces is utilized to block mail from that source at other mailboxes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2005
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventors: Robert A. Cordery, Karin A. Russo, Ronald P. Sansone
  • Patent number: 6868407
    Abstract: A cryptographic method for providing a level of security by a postage security device, which generates a digital token using a cryptographic key. When it is required to make a key change in order to improve the level of security, the postage security devices replaces the cryptographic key with a new cryptographic key, wherein the new cryptographic key has a key length that is equal to or greater than the replaced cryptographic key. The new cryptographic key can be generated by the postage security device based on a given key length, or selected from a plurality of replacement keys stored in a storage device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2005
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventor: Perry A Pierce
  • Patent number: 6865558
    Abstract: A payment processing system includes a data center, a postage metering system and a control system in operative communication with the data center and the postage metering system. The postage metering system is located remotely from the data center. The control system obtains payment data via the postage metering system where the payment data includes a payee and a payment amount. Further, the control system dispatches payment from the data center to the payee for the payment amount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2005
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventors: Perry A. Pierce, Allen L. Kramer
  • Patent number: 6847952
    Abstract: A postage metering system includes a base and a user interface mounted to the base. The user interface includes a micro controller, an internal socket for receiving an integrated circuit chip and a smart card reader interface connector for interfacing with an external smart card. The micro controller is configurable to address either the internal socket or the smart card reader interface connector to access postage metering functionality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2005
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventors: David W. Beckstrom, Donald T. Dolan, Joan T. Doutney, Yakup J. Igval, Sungwon R. Moh, Christina S. Park, Roger J. Ratzenberger, Jr., Richard P. Schoonmaker, James R. West
  • Patent number: 6839691
    Abstract: A method for acquiring customers for meter licenses for PC postage. The method includes the steps of a meter vendor obtaining a first meter license from the Post for a first meter; loaning the use of a first meter licensed in the customer's zip code to a customer; requesting a second meter license for the customer; initializing the first meter for use by the customer; and transferring the first meter to the Customer's meter license when the second meter license is received. Alternatively, when the second meter license is received a second meter is assigned to the customer and the first meter is reassigned to the meter vendor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2005
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventors: Felix Bator, David B. Chamberlin, James A. Euchner, Thomas J. Foth, Andrei Obrea, David L. Rich, David W Riley
  • Patent number: 6839695
    Abstract: A postage meter system includes a postage meter and a data center. The postage meter is registered to a specific customer at a designated location for printing a postal indicium on a mail piece. The data center is remotely located from the postage meter and includes a locator application and a customer account file corresponding to the postage meter. The customer account file includes specific customer identification data and designated location data. The postage meter enters selective operative communication with the data center via the internet for establishing a transaction session.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2005
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventor: Yakup J. Igval
  • Patent number: 6834273
    Abstract: A system for correcting the rating and payment of mail pieces scanned and weighed by the post. The foregoing is accomplished by: uniquely identifying mail pieces during the metering process; maintaining a record of the postage that has been applied to the mail pieces and the characteristics of the mail pieces; scanning the mail pieces to determine if the correct postage has been paid; comparing the scanned and weighed mail pieces to the maintained record; and correcting any underpayments or overpayments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2004
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald P. Sansone, Robert A. Law, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6832213
    Abstract: A mailing machine comprising a device for feeding an envelope having a width in a path of travel; a device for determining the width of the envelope; and a control device in operative communication with the determining device for using the width of the envelope to ascertain a proper amount of postage to be applied to the envelope. According to a first embodiment, the determining device includes a sensor array located transverse to the path of travel for detecting the presence of the envelope where the sensor array includes an inner plurality of sensors and an outer plurality of sensors located further away from a registration wall than the inner plurality of sensors. According to a second embodiment, the determining device includes a first sensor for detecting a lead edge of the envelope and a sensor line located downstream in the path of travel from the first sensor and at an angle to the path of travel so as to detect a lead corner of the envelope.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2004
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventors: Gerald C. Freeman, Edilberto I. Salazar, Richard P. Schoonmaker, Kenneth A. Schulz
  • Patent number: 6832246
    Abstract: A method for forwarding an e-mail message from a disfavored e-mail address to a forwarding e-mail address via a remote e-mail forwarding computer having a unique e-mail address. An e-mail message is sent from a user to the remote e-mail forwarding computer. The remote e-mail forwarding computer parses the intended e-mail address from the e-mail message to determine if there is a disfavored e-mail address associated with the intended e-mail address. The e-mail message is sent from the remote computer to the computers associated with the forwarding address[es] if there is determined at least one disfavored e-mail address is associated with the intended e-mail address.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2004
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventor: Douglas B Quine
  • Patent number: 6832130
    Abstract: A business reply mail piece and associated processing system that allows information contained within business reply mail to be scanned and interpreted before the business reply mail reaches its ultimate destination is provided. A machine-readable block of control information that instructs computer-driven actuators what to do with the business reply mail document itself, its digital image (or parts of thereof) and the data elements contained in the document, based on selections made by the recipient, is provided on the business reply mail piece. A scanner module scans the business reply mail piece to read the selection made by the recipient and the corresponding instructions from the block of control information. A control module interprets the data to provide instructions for the processing of the business reply mail piece based on the recipient's selection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2004
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventors: Leon A. Pintsov, Patrick M. Brand, Robert A. Cordery