Patents Represented by Attorney Melvin J. Scolnick
  • Patent number: 5932870
    Abstract: This invention relates to a document authentication system that may be read by a human and/or machine. A one or two-dimensional bar code or other printed code is printed over a magnetic strip, which may contain information linked to the encoded bar code data and human readable text that appears on the document. The magnetic strip that contains a printed bar code is affixed to a document that contains human readable text and a protective transparent laminates is placed over the bar code for abrasion resistance. The bar code or other code may be printed with an invisible ink for additional security.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 1996
    Date of Patent: August 3, 1999
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventor: William Berson
  • Patent number: 5933179
    Abstract: A method of selectively setting the print cycle speed of a thermal printing apparatus such as a thermal postage meter. The thermal postage meter has a thermal print head and an optical reader under the control of a micro controller for printing an image on a sheet like material comprising the steps of first causing said micro processor to be programmed to first cause said thermal print head to print a test pattern just prior to print said image. The optical reader reads said the pattern intensity. The microprocessor is programmed to select a print cycle speed as a function of the test pattern intensity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 1994
    Date of Patent: August 3, 1999
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald L. Fogle, Stephen F. Goldberg
  • Patent number: 5927708
    Abstract: An envelope side guide for a mailing machine includes an elongate support means which is formed to be extendable and retractable in a telescopic manner is connected at one end to a portion of the frame of the mailing machine and supports an envelope guide means on the other end. In one embodiment of the invention, the support means is rigidly connected to the mailing machine frame, and the guide means is mounted so as to be vertically movable on the other end of the support means so that it can be raised above the feed deck of the mailing machine to permit oversized envelopes to be fed into the mailing machine. In another embodiment of the invention, the support means is pivotally connected to the mailing machine frame and the guide means is rigidly connected to the other end of the support means so that the guide means can be raised merely by pivoting the entire side guide assembly upwardly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 27, 1999
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventors: Neil F. Baldino, Pushpavadan S. Nagarsheth
  • Patent number: 5929415
    Abstract: A system that scans and reads IBI in accordance with the USPS Specification. This invention also improves both the readability and security of the IBI. The apparatus of this invention utilizes a postage meter that prints an IBI, scans and checks the IBI and prints an invisible, secure message, i.e., bar code over the IBI. When, the mail piece arrives at the post, the additional material is scanned and read at the same time the IBI information is scanned and read. The scanned verification information is then collected and may be subsequently transmitted to a central data center and used for further verification of the postage paid. This stored information may be retrieved during connection to a central postage meter resetting data center when the meter is reloaded and forensically checked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 27, 1999
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventor: William Berson
  • Patent number: 5930796
    Abstract: A method to verify the validity of an address to be used in the generation of an indicium by an IBIP open metering system includes entering an address into the metering system; verifying that an address record corresponding to the address exists in an address record database for the metering system; determining from information stored in the address record that the address record is valid; and generating indicium using at least some of said information form the address record and printing said indicium. In determining the freshness of the address record, the method verifies that a postal code exists, that the last cleansing of the address record was later than the last modification of the address record; the validity of a validation field in the address record; and that the time of the last cleansing of the address record is fresh.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 27, 1999
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventors: Perry A Pierce, Tracy A. Weber
  • Patent number: 5924265
    Abstract: A backstop member for use in an insertion station operative to insert an enclosure collation into an open end of an envelope. The insertion station having a deck with a transport mechanism for conveying an envelope, an opening mechanism for opening an envelope and a backstop member mounted below the deck for stopping the envelope in the insertion station preparatory to insertion of the enclosure collation. The backstop member includes an elongate stopping portion having a substantially planar surface configured to abut against and prevent travel of an envelope in the insertion station being driven by the transport mechanism when the elongate stopping portion is caused to extend above the deck. The backstop member also provides a cam portion having an ellipsoid configuration dimensioned to cause a portion of the envelope being driven by the deck transport mechanism to travel over the ellipsoid configuration and away from the deck in the insertion station when the cam portion is caused to extend above the deck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 20, 1999
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventor: David R. Auerbach
  • Patent number: 5924686
    Abstract: A method for controlling the feeding of sheet material from a sheet feeding device, in which the sheets are stored in a stack and are fed seriatim by a feeding means to a staged position, in which the sheet is partially ejected from the feeding device, and in which the sheet must reach the staged position within total predetermined period of time from the moment that the feeding means is activated. The method comprises the steps of feeding the sheet from a stack to the staged position at a predetermined rate of speed and ascertaining whether the sheet reaches the staged position within intervals of time between each successively higher rate of speed. The operation of the feeding means is terminated when the sheet reaches the staged position within the total predetermined period of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 1996
    Date of Patent: July 20, 1999
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventors: Gary S. Jacobson, Wesley A. Kirschner
  • Patent number: 5923762
    Abstract: A method for ensuring for each postage transaction in a postage meter having a vault subsystem and a printing subsystem that debiting occurs prior to printing of a postal indicia includes authenticating the postage transaction as being valid, performing debiting within the vault subsytem, sending an encrypted debit certificate from the vault subsystem to the printing subsytem, independently recreating the encrypted debit certificate in the printing subsystem, comparing the encrypted debit certificate to the recreated encrypted debit certificate to ascertain if a predetermined relationship exists therebetween, and initiating printing of the postal indicia only upon determination of the existence of the predetermined relationship. An apparatus incorporates the method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 1995
    Date of Patent: July 13, 1999
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventors: Donald T. Dolan, Dale A. French, Kathryn V. Lawton
  • Patent number: 5923406
    Abstract: A vending machine system for printing postage stamps, the vending machine system includes an enclosed housing having a front panel with an aperture therein; a camera, mounted in the housing, for receiving through the aperture an image of at least one person and for creating an electronic image of the at least one person based on the received image of the at least one person; a printer; a payment receiving device for accepting payment and for providing a payment signal indicative that payment has been made; a computer including a memory, the computer 1) causing the camera to create the electronic image of the at least one person upon receipt of the payment signal, 2) saving the electronic image of the at least one person in the memory, and 3) utilizing the electronic image of the at least one person for controlling the printer to print a first personalized postage stamp on a recording medium, the first personalized postage stamp including predetermined data required by a postal authority and a picture of the a
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 13, 1999
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventors: Glynn M. Brasington, Leon A. Pintsov, Steven J. Shapiro
  • Patent number: 5923343
    Abstract: Mailing machine comprising a printer module including an array of ink jet print elements for printing on an envelope having a top surface, a registration shield located below and spaced apart from the printer module and a transport apparatus. The registration shield includes a top surface and a bottom surface and has an opening through which the array of ink jet print elements project ink onto the top surface of the envelope. The transport apparatus feeds the envelope in a path of travel so that the envelope passes between the registration shield and the printer module. Additionally, the transport apparatus includes a device for biasing the top surface of the envelope into contact with the registration shield.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 13, 1999
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventors: William A. Brosseau, Mark M. Broschart, David B. Wilk, Claude Zeller
  • Patent number: 5920850
    Abstract: A postage metering system is provided with a countdown time. The countdown timer issues a priority interrupt when the timer has timed out which interrupts the control system of the meter in such a manner as to hold the meter in reset preventing operation of the postage meter. The timer is reset to a fixed period upon each funds recharge after the meter has been placed in recharge mode but prior to exposure of the secure accounting memory to recharge information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 1994
    Date of Patent: July 6, 1999
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin D. Hunter, Arno Muller
  • Patent number: 5917532
    Abstract: A thermal ink ribbon cassette for holding an inked ribbon of indefinite length for is in a thermal transfer printing mechanism is disclosed in which the cassette holds a spool of fresh ink ribbon which passes out of the cassette and across a thermal printing head, and then back into the cassette into a used ribbon chamber. A ribbon drive mechanism is mounted in the cassette adjacent the location on the cassette where the used ribbon normally enters the cassette so that if the ribbon breaks, the free broken end can be manually fed into the drive mechanism so that the remaining portion of the unused ribbon can be used. The cassette may also be provided with a removable front wall so that replacement ribbons can be inserted by a user, and a disposable container can be put into the ribbon take up chamber of the cassette so that a user does not have to handle the rumpled ink ribbon when changing to a new ribbon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 1996
    Date of Patent: June 29, 1999
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventors: Edward P. Cornell, Gerald C. Freeman, Jacky Y. Igval, Thomas M. Lyga
  • Patent number: 5913922
    Abstract: In a data processing system that includes operating system software with a messaging capability, a method of transmitting a message between software processes includes a message clearing house that(a) receives a message transmittal request from a sending process;(b) generates a header for the message in accordance with the operating system's requirements; said header includes information indicating the time at which the request is received, and said header is stored in a circular buffer to facilitate debugging;(c) determines an exchange address for the process that is to receive the message; and(d) transmits the message via the operating system to the exchange address of the receiving process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 1991
    Date of Patent: June 22, 1999
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventors: Richard E. Dinnis, Michael T. Powers
  • Patent number: 5913627
    Abstract: Mailing machine for feeding a mailpiece and printing a postal indicia thereon. The mailing machine includes: a drive assembly for feeding the mailpiece in a path of travel, a printer located adjacent to the path of travel to define a print station, the printer for printing the postal indicia on the mailpiece as the mailpiece is fed through the print station; a wall parallel to the path of travel for registering a top edge of the mailpiece; a shield located in the print station for registering a top surface of the mailpiece, the shield having a suitable opening to allow the printer to print on the top surface of the of the mailpiece; and a guide assembly for biasing the top surface of the mailpiece against the shield.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 22, 1999
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventors: Gerald C. Freeman, Norman R. Lilly
  • Patent number: 5914463
    Abstract: A dimensional weighing apparatus is disclosed which has a weighing scale for determining the actual weight of a carton placed thereon, and associated therewith is a measuring frame and an optical sensing system for measuring the linear distance of the three axes of carton positioned on the scale necessary to determine the volume of the carton. A computer processing means determines firstly whether the actual volume of the carton is less or greater than a predetermined threshold volume, and if greater, calculates a dimensional weight of the carton and compares the dimensional weight of the carton with the actual weight to determine which weight is the larger, and sends a signal indicative of the larger weight to a shipping system which determines an appropriate shipping charge for the carton based on the weight determined by the dimensional weighing apparatus to be the larger of the two weights.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 1996
    Date of Patent: June 22, 1999
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel F. Dlugos
  • Patent number: 5912682
    Abstract: A method of printing an image on an image receiving medium utilizing ink jet printing technology is disclosed. The image, particularly a postage meter indicia, is composed of two discrete portions, one having graphic information which need not be machine readable, the other having alpha-numeric information which must be machine readable and therefore must be water fast. The graphic information, however, must be printed with an ink that contains fluorescent material. The image is thus printed with two separate ink jet printing devices operating simultaneously, one of the printing device being supplied with fluorescent ink that is not water fast, and the other being supplied with water fast ink.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 1996
    Date of Patent: June 15, 1999
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventor: Maria P. Parkos
  • Patent number: 5911668
    Abstract: An insertion station for inserting enclosure collations into an envelope, the insertion station including a deck and at least two transport belts having a top surface disposed atop the top surface of the deck for conveying an envelope along a direction of travel. A plurality of vacuum ports are arranged between the at least two transport belts wherein vacuum is continuously present at each vacuum port. An elongate rib member is provided upstanding from the deck and extending between the at least two transport belts and adjacent the plurality of vacuum ports, the rib member being configured to support a portion of the envelope that is disposed between the at least two transport belts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 15, 1999
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventors: David R. Auerbach, William J. Wright
  • Patent number: 5912695
    Abstract: An envelope printing system including a laser printer or similar printer operating under control of a microcomputer to print pairs of envelopes. The envelopes are printed with a FIM mark in a manner consistent with the requirements of the U. S. Postal Service. The envelopes are fed, two at a time, from a cassette which includes an identification mark. The envelopes are positioned in the cassette with their upper edges adjacent to the center line of the feed path and the printer controller is programmed to respond to identification of a cassette feeding pairs of envelopes to form an image containing two sub-images to be printed on corresponding envelopes. One of the sub-images is inverted so that the orientation of the printed information on the envelope will be correct.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 15, 1999
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventor: Dennis L. Kenbeek
  • Patent number: 5910179
    Abstract: Communication of information from a central station, acting as a source node, to a plurality of destination nodes at customer sites is implemented by using various of the destination nodes as intermediary transfer nodes, which receive information from the central station or from other predecessor intermediary nodes and which transfer the information to other intermediary transfer nodes or to final destination nodes. Communication links are established between specified ones of the destination nodes to provide a grouping of nodes in which each node transfers information to no more than a predetermined number of nodes, resulting in a top-down tree structure in which the central station is a top source node of the tree. The destination nodes provide confirmation signals confirming receipt of the transmitted information to the nodes in the immediately preceding level of the tree structure, along the same communication links used to transmit the information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 1996
    Date of Patent: June 8, 1999
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventor: Ali Akbar Mohseni
  • Patent number: 5909013
    Abstract: A dimensional weighing apparatus is disclosed which has a weighing scale for determining the actual weight of a carton, and a conveyor means along which cartons are moved after being weighed to pass the cartons through a measuring station at which the length, width and height of the cartons are measured. A first measuring means measures both the height and length as the cartons move through the measuring station by means of a member that rides up the leading vertical face of the cartons to measure the height and then across the top surface thereof to measure the length. A second measuring means measures the width of the cartons as they move through the measuring station by means of carton contact members mounted along the side surfaces of the carton and move in and out of contact with the carton.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 1996
    Date of Patent: June 1, 1999
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel F. Dlugos