Patents Represented by Attorney Melvin J. Scolnick
  • Patent number: 5987441
    Abstract: A method of issuing digital tokens in a open system meter includes the steps of sending a request for digital tokens and predetermined postal information, including addressee information, from a host processor to a vault that is operatively coupled to the host processor; calculating in the vault in response to the request for tokens at least one digital token using the predetermined postal information; debiting postal funds in the vault; issuing the digital token to the host processor; and storing the digital token and the predetermined postal information as a transaction record in the host processor for subsequent generation and printing of an indicia. The method further includes the steps of generating in the host processor an indicia comprising a graphical image of the digital token and the predetermined postal information and storing the indicia in the host processor; and printing the indicia on a mailpiece when requested.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 16, 1999
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventors: David K. Lee, David W. Riley, Frederick W. Ryan, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5983264
    Abstract: A Mail Generation Computer (MGC) is connected to a Local Area Network (LAN) at a customer site having a mail generation facility. A desktop PC on the LAN, under user control, accesses the MGC and submits a mail job to the MGC via the LAN. The MGC responds to the request and calls various mail piece generation modules needed to implement the request, thus freeing the user's equipment for other uses. The invention includes a job coordinator module for the MGC, to call, run and coordinate the various modules. The system embodied in the server thus allows any user at the customer site to submit a job to a process implemented on the LAN, which generates a finished mail piece or pieces, thus freeing the user from control over each portion of the mail generation process and similarly freeing the user's equipment for implementing other tasks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 9, 1999
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventor: David P. Gardner
  • Patent number: 5982896
    Abstract: A method for controlling keys used in the verification of encoded information generated by a transaction evidencing device and printed on a document comprises the steps of generating a plurality of random verifier master keys to obtain a set of verifier master keys consisting of a fixed number of keys; generating at least one pointer by applying a psuedorandom algorithm to data unique to the transaction evidencing device; calculating a plurality of verifier token keys to obtain a verifier token key set corresponding to the set of verifier master keys; encrypting the verifier token key set with a privacy key; and distributing the set verifier token keys and the privacy key to verifiers. The token keys are a function of the verifier master keys and a code valid for a limited time. The pointer algorithm is an appropriate symmetric key cryptographic algorithm and the code is function of a date dependent parameter. The master keys are distributed to postal and vendor data centers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 9, 1999
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventors: Robert A. Cordery, David K. Lee, Steven J. Pauly, Leon A. Pintsov, Frederick W. Ryan, Jr., Monroe A. Weiant, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5980443
    Abstract: A folding machine is adapted to receive customized printed sheets and envelopes from a printer and to fold the sheets preparatory to the sheets being inserted into an envelope, but to feed the envelopes through the folding machine directly to an envelope inserting machine without the envelopes being folded. The folding machine has a main path of travel extending therethrough, and a bypass gate mounted in the main path of travel to divert sheets from the main path of travel and directs them into a folding mechanism. The bypass gate is movable from a diverting position to a non-diverting position in response to a sensing device that distinguishes between an envelope and a sheet, so that the bypass gate moves from the diverting position to a non-diverting position to permit the envelope to bypass the folding mechanism and travel directly to the inserting machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 9, 1999
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventors: David E. Kayser, Francesco Porco, Samuel W. Martin
  • Patent number: 5982121
    Abstract: A system that limits the torque of motors and discontinues motion control activity of system components in order to protect electrical and mechanical system hardware. Mechanical stresses are controlled by a microprocessor in a manner that they will not exceed predefined limits so that mechanical components will not be destroyed. Thus, replacement of major system components such as drive electronics and fuses may be avoided. Hence, there will be a reduction in service calls to repair the motors and system components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 9, 1999
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventors: Gary Jacobson, Doug Clark, Mark Sievel, Wesley Kirschner
  • Patent number: 5979310
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for printing images. An ink jet printhead forms an image on a transfer roller for transfer to a substrate. The substrate can be an envelope and the image can be a postal indicia. Portions of the image can be interleaved during successive revolutions of the transfer roller to increase the horizontal and/or vertical resolution of the image. A mechanism is provided to deflect the substrate away from the transfer roller after the image is printed so that formation of a new image can begin before the substrate has cleared the print station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 9, 1999
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventors: Pushpavadan S. Nagarsheth, Donald T. Dolan
  • Patent number: 5982129
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for controlling an insertion device includes the steps of providing sensors for providing respective signals in accordance with selected events associated with the operations and providing a plurality of motor profiles for operation of motors associated with the operations. Respective motors associated with respective operations of the apparatus are driven in correspondence with selected ones of said plurality of motor profiles for controlling driving of said motors in response to receiving the event signals from the sensors and other modules of the control program. In the event of out of tolerance conditions the envelope can be diverted and another substituted without having to shut down and restart the system at a known place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 1994
    Date of Patent: November 9, 1999
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventors: Eric A Belec, Mary-Jo F. Brigante, Cheryl L. Picoult, William J. Wright
  • Patent number: 5978564
    Abstract: The invention is a method of right justifying a line in an address field to be printed on a mail piece. A list of addresses is submitted as part of a mail piece print job, and a first address is selected from the list. The printing system initializes the vertical edge of the address field; and, after initialization one or more fonts are selected for printing the address field on the mail piece. The address field is scanned by the printing system and an end of line position of the Optional Endorsement Line (OEL) is determined relative to the right vertical edge of the print field. If the end of the line is past the initialized right edge, then the end of line position becomes the new vertical edge delineation and the line is a justified line. If, however, the end of line position is not past the vertical edge, then the initialized edge is retained as the right-most reference point of the print field. Each of the subsequent lines in the address field is scanned for length and an end of line position determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 2, 1999
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventors: Victor Girardi, Michael Kelley, Paul A. Kovlakas, Campbell Moore
  • Patent number: 5975519
    Abstract: A separator assembly operative to separate and feed individual documents from a storage tray of an inset feeder apparatus. The separator assembly including an adjustment assembly configured to adjustably position the separator roller relative to the separator stone. The separator assembly further includes a leverage assembly configured to raise the separator roller from an adjusted position to a height suitable for clearing a paper jam and to return the separator roller to the adjusted position relative to the separator stone. The leverage assembly and adjustment assembly both having respective operator actuated mechanisms positioned atop one of the first and second side portions of the feeder apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 2, 1999
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventors: Carlos L DeFigueiredo, William Wright
  • Patent number: 5978781
    Abstract: A inexpensive and time saving method and system for reducing the use of gummed service stickers and the completion by hand of special forms for specialty mail is disclosed. This invention also reduces the amount of trips that have to be made to the post. The foregoing may be accomplished by replacing the standard (fixed) graphic cartridge that is normally supplied with a standard digital postage meter with an addressable "ram" image cartridge. The addressable ram image cartridge may also be linked to a personal computer, where a program would allow the user to request specialty mail services. Once the desired service (services) are selected, the required postal graphic images are downloaded into the ram cartridge. Next, postal payment, if any, is totaled and the additional postal value is totaled and passed to the postal meter vault for totaling and printing in an accountable way.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 2, 1999
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventor: Ronald P. Sansone
  • Patent number: 5974307
    Abstract: This invention overcomes the disadvantages of the prior art by providing a voice response unit that communicates rapidly and directly with a metered cellular telephone network with minimum human intervention. The rapid communication is achieved by knowing the question or prompt posed by the voice response unit and preparing a response which is speed dialed to the voice response unit. The voice response unit also calculates a check sum to determine if there is an error in the information transmitted to the voice response unit. The check sum may be the total of the absolute value of the request code, account number, serial number, access code and amount desired to be added to the cellular phone divided by ten. If, the check sum calculated by the voice response unit is not divisible by ten, the voice response unit knows that the information it received is incorrect. Then, the voice response unit would ask for the information it received to be retransmitted at a different rate of speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 1995
    Date of Patent: October 26, 1999
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventors: Steve Kovlakas, Steven Vasquez, Jean-Hiram Coffy, Michael Wilson
  • Patent number: 5971161
    Abstract: The present invention provides a sorter preferably for an inserting system for sorting mailpieces into one of at least two sorting bins, the sorter having a transport device for conveying the mailpieces along a transport path. Each sorting bin includes a bending mechanism for bending the tail edge portion of a mailpiece and a final stacking roller for unbending the tail edge portion of the mailpiece such that the tail edge portion of the mailpiece is diverted into the sorting bin and away from the transport device without the occurrence of jamming of the mailpiece in the entry portion of the sorting bin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 26, 1999
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventors: George N. Branecky, James F. Giordano
  • Patent number: 5971391
    Abstract: A nudger including apparatus for applying a feed force to a lead mailpiece of the stack of mixed mail to feed the lead mailpiece of the stack along a mailpiece feed path, the applying apparatus being moveable between first and second positions; structure for biasing the applying apparatus against a face of the lead mailpiece thereby generating a stack force against a stack of mixed mail; and a stack advance mechanism for moving the stack of mixed mail so that the face of the lead mailpiece contacts the applying apparatus; wherein at times when the applying apparatus is in the first position the stack advance mechanism moves the stack of mixed mail in the direction of the applying apparatus causing the applying apparatus to move from the first position to the second position against the biasing structure such that the stack force increases causing a corresponding increase in the feed force; and further wherein at times when the applying apparatus is in the second position the stack advance mechanism stops movi
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 26, 1999
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventors: James A. Salomon, Eric Belec, Steven E. Cohen, Dennis C Inglesias, Robert P. Rebres, Anthony E Yap
  • Patent number: 5974147
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method for verifying an unreadable information-based indium that has been generated by a postal security device (PSD) for information-based indium comprising a 2-D bar code, certain human-readable information, a digital signature and a certificate. The method comprises the steps of attempting to read the 2-D bar code using sophisticated digital image processing when the 2-D bar code is not readable; and continuing normal processing when the 2-D bar code is readable with the sophisticated digital image processing. When the 2-D bar code is not readable two independent processes are used to determine the indicium certificate. A first process includes reading human readable information by optical character recognition using context, syntax, and redundancy in the human readable information to obtain a PSD-ID; and using the PSD-ID to look up in a certificate database a certificate corresponding to the information-based indicium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 26, 1999
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventors: Robert A. Cordery, Richard W. Heiden, Leon A. Pintsov, Brian M. Romansky, Monroe A. Weiant
  • Patent number: 5974402
    Abstract: An electronic postage meter control system having a printer for printing mixed graphic and alphanumeric information. The control system includes a programmable microprocessor in bus communication with the printer for controlling the printer and with a plurality of memory units for accounting for postage printed by the printer. The memory units include at least a first memory unit having a write access time shorter than the write access time of a second one of said memory unit, a program memory in bus communication with the programmable microprocessor having an operating program stored therein. The programmable microprocessor is able to access the operating program, an integrated circuit, the program memory, and said first and second units. The integrated circuit has an address decoding module for generating one of a plurality control signals in a unique combination in response to a respective request by the programmable microprocessor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 1993
    Date of Patent: October 26, 1999
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventors: Young W. Lee, Sungwon Moh, Arno Muller
  • Patent number: 5971385
    Abstract: A device that opens the flap of an envelope before the envelope is separated from the envelope supply/stack hopper. A vacuum/suction device is used to pull the envelope flap below a stripping surface before the envelope is fed out of the supply/stack hopper. Thus, the envelope flap will be completely opened as each envelope is individually separated and fed out of the hopper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 26, 1999
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventor: Eric A. Belec
  • Patent number: 5969735
    Abstract: An ink jet printing system includes a print head, a reservoir of ink and a device for adjusting the level of ink in the reservoir. The print head is translatable between a first print position having a first elevation and a second print position having a second elevation. The reservoir is operatively coupled with the print head for supplying ink to the print head and is remotely located from the print head. The adjusting device regulates the ink level depending upon the position of the print head so that a predetermined back pressure is maintained at the print head in both the first print position and the second print position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 19, 1999
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventor: Hideaki Haigo
  • Patent number: 5970150
    Abstract: A postage meter that is contained in a kiosk may be used to produce verifiable receipts for commercial transactions. The imbedded digital metering cryptographic technology that is contained in a postage meter may be used to produce a verifiable receipt. Several of the collected "commercial" transaction data elements are presented to the existing meter encryption module for processing as the meter was processing an envelope. The output encrypted data string is used as a new field in the receipt. Assuring that the receipt is authentic. Verification can be performed as follows: using the printed receipt as a source of data (at some later time) periodically on the archived records stored in the kiosk during the day on the uploaded "order" files before actual processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 19, 1999
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventor: Ronald P. Sansone
  • Patent number: 5966157
    Abstract: A method for maintaining a transfer roller in an ink jet printer. In an ink jet printer having a transfer roller on which an image is formed by an ink jet printhead, the printhead is periodically purged to prevent clogging. During purging the ink discharged by the printhead is used to wet the entire surface of the roller to dissolve residual dried ink and the transfer roller is then cleaned with a wipping pad or roller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 12, 1999
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventor: Donald T. Dolan
  • Patent number: D415705
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 26, 1999
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventors: David W. Beckstrom, Charles W. Klein, Paul W. Porter, Patrick T. Thrailkill