Patents Examined by Rutao Wu
  • Patent number: 8352413
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing controlled access to value dispensing devices are described and in certain examples, systems including those for providing controlled access to a postage meter from multiple programs executing on an external collocated processor are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventors: Steven J. Brennan, Hafeesmon Chettiparambil, Sambasivam Thillaikumaran, Brian C. Hannigan
  • Patent number: 8306923
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer program products for certifying business entities are provided. Input is received regarding a location of a business entity that is visited as part of a parcel delivery transaction, and the business entity is then associated with a verified address corresponding to the location visited. The verified address and an indication that the business entity is certified may be displayed to a user. Furthermore, a rating indicative of the legitimacy of the business entity may be determined, associated with the business entity, and displayed. The rating may be determined based on a total number of parcel delivery transactions of the business entity, a trend in its delivery transactions, the length of time the business entity has been involved in delivery transactions, or a geographic scope of the business entity. A directory of business entities that includes certification information and other features may also be provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Inventors: Neil Roache, Alan Amling
  • Patent number: 8265988
    Abstract: Identifying a vehicle in a toll system includes accessing image data for a first vehicle and obtaining license plate data from the accessed image data for the first vehicle. A set of records is accessed. Each record includes license plate data for a vehicle. The license plate data for the first vehicle is compared with the license plate data for vehicles in the set of records. Based on the results of the comparison of the license plate data, a set of vehicles is identified from the vehicles having records in the set of records. Vehicle fingerprint data is accessed for the first vehicle. The vehicle fingerprint data for the first vehicle is based on the image data for the first vehicle. Vehicle fingerprint data for a vehicle in the set of vehicles is accessed. Using a processing device, the vehicle fingerprint data for the first vehicle is compared with the vehicle fingerprint data for the vehicle in the set of vehicles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: Accenture Global Services Limited
    Inventors: Jay E. Hedley, Neal Patrick Thornburg
  • Patent number: 8244646
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention may provide systems and methods for determining estimated lead times based on delivery history information to a same or similar geographical area. According to one example embodiment, a method is provided. The method can include identifying a payee and determining that the payee is associated with a geographical area for mailpiece delivery. The method can further include identifying multiple delivery methods for mailpiece delivery to the geographical area, wherein each of delivery methods is associated with (a) a distribution center, (b) a delivery agent, and (c) an estimated lead time determined at least in part by analyzing the delivery history information associated with multiple mailpieces mailed from the respective distribution center to the geographical area via the respective delivery agent. The method can further include selecting one of the delivery methods for mailpiece delivery to the payee and associating the selected delivery method with the payee.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Assignee: Fiserv, Inc.
    Inventors: Ann Marie Johnston, Robert Charles Esque, Justin Jackson, Brian Richard Seemann, Roy Alan Southard
  • Patent number: 8214302
    Abstract: A system and method for authenticating a physical address submitted in an online communication is disclosed. An online communication comprising a physical address to be verified is received. A verification identification (VID) is requested and received. A transaction verification document (TVD) comprising an indicia indicative of the VID is generated. An electronic copy of the TVD is transmitted. Verification data produced in response to dispatch of a physical embodiment of the TVD is received, wherein the physical embodiment is generated from the electronic copy. The physical address is authenticated based at least in part on the verification data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2012
    Assignee: United States Postal Service
    Inventors: Clayton Bonnell, Ronald Garey, Bradley Reck, Gregory Crabb
  • Patent number: 8204835
    Abstract: A system and method for applying postage indicia to mail pieces using a controller for monitoring the mail pieces as they are processed by the system. The controller has information about each of the mail pieces. A postage evidencing system prints postage indicia on labels to create postage indicia to be applied to the mail pieces, wherein each of the postage indicia is associated with a particular mail piece and corresponds to a postage amount that is calculated using the information for the particular mail piece. An applicator applies the postage indicia to mail pieces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2012
    Assignee: Stamps.com Inc.
    Inventor: Craig Ogg
  • Patent number: 8204758
    Abstract: A network advisory system that provides advisory information to a field service provider is disclosed. The network advisory system receives collected data from one or more destination facilities and analyzes the information to generate advisory information. The advisory information is used by the field service provider to provide a service at the destination facility. The field service provider may receive the advisory information while in transit to the destination facility or while located at a destination facility. The field service provider receives the advisory information through a network connection. The network connection may be either a wireless connection or a land-based connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2012
    Assignee: Ecolab Inc.
    Inventor: John E. McCall, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8200585
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for determining the disposition of a shipped good, such as a car, damaged during transit. After the damage is detected, a digital image of the is obtained. The image is uploaded to a server typically along with the vehicle identification number and/or other identification data. The server determines the appropriate individual(s) to be contacted, and generates a notification message, typically including the URL of a web site where further information can be obtained. The appropriate individual (“user”) logs onto the server to view the digital images and provides input regarding the disposition of the good. The user may direct the damaged car to a repair shop, a dealer, or another destination. Alternatively, the user may indicate delivery of the car as originally planned. The server may notify other systems of the disposition as well. Other embodiments apply to the disposition of delivered packages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Inventor: Mark Horton
  • Patent number: 8195579
    Abstract: An envelope having a window for allowing a printed postage indicia to show through is shown. According to a preferred embodiment, the postage indicia window may be provided with a glassine covering. Preferably the postage indicia may be put in a corner of a document to be mailed and the document placed in the envelope so that the postage indicia shows through the postage indicia window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Assignee: Stamps.com Inc.
    Inventor: Salim G. Kara
  • Patent number: 8165970
    Abstract: Methods and systems consistent with the present invention facilitate mailpiece processing by processing a mailpiece using an Address Directory Link (ADL) format. The present invention allows for mail to be sent when the sender may not know the delivery address of the desired recipient. In one embodiment, a method includes recognizing the ADL format on a mailpiece; reading ADL formatted data from the mailpiece; and determining a delivery address based on the ADL formatted data using an ADL database. Consistent with the present invention, this method may further include delivering the mailpiece to the delivery address associated with the ADL formatted data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Assignee: United States Postal Service
    Inventor: Oscar L. Avant
  • Patent number: 8160974
    Abstract: Systems and methods including mailing machines having postage meters including multiple postal security devices are described. In one illustrative configuration, a postage meter having multiple postal security devices for use with different postal carriers is described. In another illustrative configuration, a postage meter is configured to apply two postage payment information indicia to a single mail piece using two separate postal security devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2012
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Schoonmaker, Edilberto I. Salazar, David W. Beckstrom, Boris Rozenfeld, Robert A. Cordery, George M. Macdonald
  • Patent number: 8135651
    Abstract: A system and method for printing multiple postage indicia, such as an outbound and/or an associated return postage meter stamp, including a desired postage amount, onto a document or label is described. A processor based system is programmed to interact with a customer to produce the desired postage indicia and to print multiple ones of the indicia substantially contemporaneously. The indicia may include information to allow their use at a later date and/or from a location other than where they are produced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2012
    Assignee: Stamps.com Inc.
    Inventor: Salim G. Kara
  • Patent number: 8131654
    Abstract: Systems and methods for dimensionally rating mail pieces including cards, letters, flats, mailers, packages and parcels using a pointing device such as a digital pen are described. In one illustrative configuration the system includes a digital pen, a three dimensional digital pen pattern device, a computer and a printer for printing evidence of postage payment. A mail piece such as a small parcel is placed on the opened three dimensional digital pen pattern device. The user may select a digital pen pattern command box or may otherwise engage or be prompted to begin measurements. For a rectangular parcel, the user selects a bottom right and then a top left measurement point. The system then calculates the dimensions of the parcel, dimensionally rates it and then accounts for and prints a corresponding postage indicium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2012
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventors: David K. Asano, Jean-Hiram Coffy, Michael P. Swenson, Alexandra Mack, David W. Beckstrom, Joan T. Doutney, Sarah Jurta
  • Patent number: 8108247
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described that facilitate presenting estimated toner consumption for a print job to a user. A print job is identified from a print job queue or by a job ticket, and is analyzed to identify print job parameters such as rendering mode, resolution, pages in the job, etc. A user may adjust rendering resolution and/or a job sub-setting such as a page cycle value or multiple thereof (e.g., where every Nth page of the job is the same or similar). Raster image processing is performed on the print job (with or without printing the job) to generate rasters, and a lookup table is accessed to identify an amount of toner required for each page given the rasters generated therefor at the given resolution in the given rendering mode. Toner cost estimation information is summarized in a report that is presented to the user (e.g., on a GUI, a printed page, or via electronic transfer).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2012
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventor: R. Victor Klassen
  • Patent number: 8108321
    Abstract: A computer-based system and method for shipping and delivering a parcel, including reserving a terminal for a parcel; placing the parcel in the terminal, the parcel having a virtual delivery address of a recipient; picking up the parcel by a carrier; converting, through a central computer system, the virtual address into a postal address; delivering the parcel to a destination terminal drop-box corresponding to the postal address; notifying the recipient of the delivery of the parcel; and unlocking the drop-box only upon verifying the recipient's identity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2012
    Assignee: Urbissimo, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Neal, Filippo Beretta, Jorge Calzada, Tito Costa
  • Patent number: 8103532
    Abstract: Methods and systems to reduce vehicle travel time in a vehicle routing plan having vehicle routes which includes vehicles and customers serviced by the vehicles, including executing cross-exchanges of the customers for combinations of vehicle routes in the vehicle routing plan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2012
    Assignee: Raytheon Company
    Inventor: Richard J. Kenefic
  • Patent number: 8099371
    Abstract: An electronically enabled clearance system and method for improved border crossings. The system and method generate and manage an electronic manifest (e-manifest) and an electronic commercial invoice (e-release) according to legal requirements as well as the requirements of a manufacturer that imports goods from other countries. A third party logistics provider may facilitate the interactions between an importer of manufactured goods, a supplier, a carrier, and a broker by serving as intermediary and hosting computer applications that manage the flow of information. A commercial invoice provides details about the goods in a shipment. A shipment control number (SCN) is associated with each commercial invoice. The e-manifest for a vehicle lists every SCN for the parts shipments loaded on the vehicle and therefore, provides a link to the commercial invoice data detailing information about the parts in the shipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2012
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kevin Wade, Tamara Koenig
  • Patent number: 8073720
    Abstract: Systems and methods to assist wireless telecom service providers to determine the optimal core network evolution plan in a network planning time period. Total cost of ownership of wireless core networks is generally modeled to include capital expenditure, customer acquisition and retention cost, network operational cost and staffing and engineering cost. The total cost of ownership model is used to determine the optimal core network evolution plan at different layers of the core networks, which are modeled as a number of abstract networks in mathematical terms. A core network evolution optimization algorithm determines the optimal number of core network configurations and when to deploy the configurations in the planning period in order to minimize the total cost of ownership. A multi-level serving area optimization algorithm determines an optimal core network configuration at a given point of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2011
    Assignee: Cerlon Optimization Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Will A. Egner, Wei Yuan, Henry Liu, Richard Wank, Peter Griffith, Dongdong Li
  • Patent number: 8065239
    Abstract: The exemplary embodiment of the present invention will provide methods and a computer system for managing image content review for image customization of computer-based value-bearing items such as, for example, an exemplary image-customized computer-based postage label 1 in an exemplary embodiment of the present invention as depicted in FIG. 1. With reference to FIG. 1, the exemplary customized computer-based postage label 1 will bear an image 2 that would be provided by a corresponding user, namely by the user that orders the customized computer-based postage label. The user may provide image 2 in an electronic form, such as by uploading a digital representation of image 2. In a variation of the exemplary embodiment, a user could alternatively provide a hardcopy image. The exemplary customized computer-based postage label 1 will bear a human-readable indication of the country 4 for which the postage is approved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2011
    Assignee: Stamps.com Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth Thomas McBride, John Michael Boswell, Kyle Huebner, John Roland Clem, J. P. Leon, Daniel David Farino, Richard Stables
  • Patent number: 8065179
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for providing a utility based revenue stream for a security software subscription at a client computer is provided. In one embodiment, the method for providing a utility based revenue stream for a security software subscription at a client computer comprises analyzing a security activity log based on a utility metric to produce an analysis result and determining a value for the security software subscription based on the analysis result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2011
    Assignee: Symantec Corporation
    Inventor: Neeran Mohan Karnik