Patents by Inventor Ronald P. Sansone

Ronald P. Sansone has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 8793196
    Abstract: Systems and methods for optimizing the process of digitizing and delivering physical mail based upon selective scanning are described and in certain illustrative examples, an intelligent agent computer system is employed for making selective scanning decisions in the process of digitizing and delivering physical mail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventors: Arthur J. Parkos, Paul P. Carella, Ronald P. Sansone, Chao Chen
  • Patent number: 8297860
    Abstract: A printing system is provided that dynamically adjusts the method of printing an image based on the lightness or darkness of the medium upon which the image will be printed. The reflectivity of the medium upon which an image is to be printed is determined, and the way in which the image will be printed is adjusted based on the determined reflectivity of the medium. For lighter colored mediums, on which sufficient contrast will be provided, the image can be printed directly onto the medium. For darker colored mediums, on which the ink used to print the image will not provide enough contrast with respect to the medium to produce a reliably readable image, the method of printing the image is modified to ensure that sufficient contrast is always provided to produce a reliably readable image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventors: Frederick W. Ryan, Jr., John F. Braun, Ronald P. Sansone, Robert A. Cordery
  • Patent number: 8279064
    Abstract: The invention makes it easier for the post office to calculate accurately terminal dues by providing information to the post regarding each piece or parcel of mail that crosses an international border. The invention also makes it easier for the post offices to calculate terminal dues by obtaining fee information from mail that is sent internationally. The foregoing is accomplished by placing an indication on the mail that the fees for delivering the mail have been paid or will be paid by a mailer to each post office that handles the mail. For instance, if a mail piece is mailed in the United States and delivered to a destination in the United Kingdom, the mailer's postage meter will place a Radio Frequency Identification Tag (RFID) on the mail piece that indicates the portion of the delivery cost that is attributable to the United States post office and that portion of the delivery cost that is attributable to the Royal Mail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald P. Sansone, Erik Monsen
  • Patent number: 8126822
    Abstract: A method that enables the post to deliver letters, flats, post cards and packages (mail) addressed to a recipient's virtual post office box and then to be delivered directly to the recipient. The process enables individuals or entities to rent a virtual post office (VPO) box i.e., a box that does not physically exist, from the post office (“post”). Mail addressed to the virtual post office box would be captured by the post during the post's sortation process and rerouted to the specified address of the renter of the virtual post office box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald P. Sansone, Fran E. Blackman, Daniel F. Dlugos, Leon A. Pintsov, Denis J. Stemmle, Francis X. Hines, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7971061
    Abstract: An opt-in email system in which a recipient that has opted in to an email list can recognize and trust that an email has actually come from a desired sender. When a recipient desires to opt-in to an e-mail list, the recipient is sent to a trusted third party certification service that generates a certificate associated with a key pair. A key is maintained at the sender's location by a secure cryptographic device that can verify the certificate and create a signature, using a key of the key pair, for messages intended for the recipient. When a message intended for the recipient is received from the sender, the signature will be verified based on the status of the certificate and the corresponding key of the key pair. If the signature does not verify, it indicates that the recipient has not opted-in to receive emails from this sender.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2011
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventors: Robert A. Cordery, John F. Braun, Ronald P. Sansone
  • Publication number: 20110120324
    Abstract: A printing system is provided that dynamically adjusts the method of printing an image based on the lightness or darkness of the medium upon which the image will be printed. The reflectivity of the medium upon which an image is to be printed is determined, and the way in which the image will be printed is adjusted based on the determined reflectivity of the medium. For lighter colored mediums, on which sufficient contrast will be provided, the image can be printed directly onto the medium. For darker colored mediums, on which the ink used to print the image will not provide enough contrast with respect to the medium to produce a reliably readable image, the method of printing the image is modified to ensure that sufficient contrast is always provided to produce a reliably readable image.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 21, 2009
    Publication date: May 26, 2011
    Applicant: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventors: Frederick W. Ryan, JR., John F. Braun, Ronald P. Sansone, Robert A. Cordery
  • Patent number: 7949540
    Abstract: A method that enables the USPS to be aware of the contents of mail and the identity of the party who licensed the postal meter that paid for the mailing. The foregoing is accomplished by placing human readable postal meter indicia on the mail that contains information that uniquely identifies the mail and the licensee of the meter in addition to incorporating a radio frequency identification tag on the mail that identifies the contents of the mail and the information that uniquely identifies the mail. Additional security will be obtained by knowing the identity of the mailer and the contents of the mailing. The radio frequency tags may be remotely read, enabling the USPS to be aware of the contents of the mail permitting different content mail to be handled differently.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2011
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventor: Ronald P. Sansone
  • Patent number: 7925537
    Abstract: A method that allows taxing jurisdictions to collect sales and/or use taxes from sales that are made via the internet and catalogs. The method also makes it easier for sellers to comply with the taxing jurisdiction's mandated seller administrative functions. The foregoing is accomplished by using an agent to perform the sales tax administration functions of a seller, relieving the seller of as much of the burden of compliance as possible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2011
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventors: Frederick W. Ryan, Jr., Michael W. Wilson, Ronald P. Sansone, Theresa Biasi, Vadim Stelman, Kathleen A. Bishop
  • 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: 7611298
    Abstract: A printing system is provided that dynamically adjusts the method of printing an image based on the lightness or darkness of the medium upon which the image will be printed. The reflectivity of the medium upon which an image is to be printed is determined, and the way in which the image will be printed is adjusted based on the determined reflectivity of the medium. For lighter colored mediums, on which sufficient contrast will be provided, the image can be printed directly onto the medium. For darker colored mediums, on which the ink used to print the image will not provide enough contrast with respect to the medium to produce a reliably readable image, the method of printing the image is modified to ensure that sufficient contrast is always provided to produce a reliably readable image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2009
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventors: Frederick W. Ryan, Jr., John F. Braun, Ronald P. Sansone, Robert A. Cordery
  • Patent number: 7559660
    Abstract: A board that hides information in a manner that only certain authorized personnel may change the information and other authorized personnel may view the information. This invention accomplishes the foregoing by placing a locked panel of translucent material over certain information written on the board that may only be changed by an authorized individual by opening the lock. A panel of opaque material is placed over the translucent material in a manner that certain information written on the board will be revealed when authorized personnel remove the opaque material or cause the opaque material to be transparent. The translucent material may be removed by activating a switch or entering a code.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2009
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventors: G. Jonathan Wolfman, Benjamin D Singer, Ronald P. Sansone
  • Publication number: 20080158615
    Abstract: Systems and methods for optimizing the process of digitizing and delivering physical mail based upon selective scanning are described and in certain illustrative examples, an intelligent agent computer system is employed for making selective scanning decisions in the process of digitizing and delivering physical mail.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 29, 2006
    Publication date: July 3, 2008
    Inventors: Arthur J. Parkos, Paul P. Carella, Ronald P. Sansone, Chao Chen
  • Patent number: 7394915
    Abstract: A system and method for determining the thickness of a mail piece is provided. A first image of at least a portion of a surface of a mail piece is captured using a first optical axis for a feature on the surface of the mail piece. A second image of the feature is captured after the mail piece has moved a distance using a second optical axis that is angled with respect to the first optical axis. The first and second images are correlated to determine a displacement of the feature, and the thickness of the mail piece is determined based on the displacement and the angle between the first and second optical axes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2008
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventors: John F Braun, Robert A Cordery, Frederick W Ryan, Jr., Ronald P Sansone
  • Patent number: 7389238
    Abstract: A method that enables the recipient to receive notification of the letter mail, flats and/or packages (mail) that the recipient is going to receive prior to the delivery of the mail. The recipient is then able to inform a post or courier e.g., Federal Express®, Airborne®, United Parcel Service®, DHL®, etc. of the manner in which the recipient would like the mail delivered. The post and courier hereinafter will be referred to as “carrier”. For instance, the recipient may want the mail physically delivered to their house faster or slower, or the mail physically redirected to the recipient's temporary address, or physically delivered to the recipient's agent, or physically delivered to the recipient's attorney, or physically returned to the mailer, or have the carrier open the physical mail and have the post e-mail or fax the contents of the envelope to the recipient and/or parties designated by the recipient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2008
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald P. Sansone, Robert A. Cordery, Donald G. Mackay
  • Patent number: 7389274
    Abstract: The invention makes it easier for the post office to calculate accurately terminal dues for business reply mail by providing information to the post regarding each piece of business reply mail that crosses an international border. The foregoing is accomplished by charging a sender's meter for business reply mail that is being deposited with a first carrier; transmitting the funds charged to the meter to a meter data center; transmitting from the meter data center to a first carrier meter payment center the funds attributable to the first and second carriers; and transmitting from the first meter payment data center to the second meter payment data center the funds attributable to the second carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2008
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald P. Sansone, Erik Monsen, Douglas B. Quine
  • Publication number: 20080141026
    Abstract: An opt-in email system in which a recipient that has opted in to an email list can recognize and trust that an email has actually come from a desired sender. When a recipient desires to opt-in to an e-mail list, the recipient is sent to a trusted third party certification service that generates a certificate associated with a key pair. A key is maintained at the sender's location by a secure cryptographic device that can verify the certificate and create a signature, using a key of the key pair, for messages intended for the recipient. When a message intended for the recipient is received from the sender, the signature will be verified based on the status of the certificate and the corresponding key of the key pair. If the signature does not verify, it indicates that the recipient has not opted-in to receive emails from this sender.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2006
    Publication date: June 12, 2008
    Applicant: Pitney Bowes Incorporated
    Inventors: Robert A. Cordery, John F. Braun, Ronald P. Sansone
  • Patent number: 7386458
    Abstract: A method that enables a recipient to inform a carrier of the manner in which the recipient would like mail that is transported in trays or tubs delivered. The recipient is then able to inform a post or courier e.g., Federal Express®, Airborne®, United Parcel Service®, DHL®, etc., of the manner in which the recipient would like the mail delivered. The post and courier hereinafter will be referred to as “carrier”. For instance, the recipient may want the mail physically delivered to their house faster or slower, or the mail physically redirected to the recipient's temporary address, or physically delivered to the recipient's agent, or physically delivered to the recipient's attorney, or physically returned to the mailer, or have the carrier open the physical mail and have the carrier email or fax the contents of the mailpiece to the recipient and/or parties designated by the recipient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2008
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventor: Ronald P. Sansone
  • Patent number: 7386457
    Abstract: A method that enables the recipient to receive notification of the mailpieces, flats and/or packages (mail) that the recipient is going to receive prior to the delivery of the mail. The recipient is then able to inform a post or courier i.e., Federal Express®, Airborne®, United Parcel Service®, DHL®, etc. of the manner in which the recipient would like the mail delivered. The post and courier will hereinafter be referred to as “carrier”. For instance, the recipient may want the mail physically delivered to their house faster or slower, or the mail physically redirected to the recipient's temporary address, or physically delivered to the recipient's agent, or physically delivered to the recipient's attorney, or physically returned to the mailer, or have the carrier open the physical mail and have the post e-mail or fax the contents of the envelope to the recipient and/or parties designated by the recipient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2008
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventor: Ronald P. Sansone
  • Patent number: 7379194
    Abstract: A method of measuring a mailpiece includes deflecting a laser beam through an arc, determining an angle at which the laser beam is currently directed, and calculating a dimension of the mailpiece based at least in part on the determined angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2008
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventors: Frederick W Ryan, Jr., Ronald P Sansone
  • Patent number: RE40443
    Abstract: A permit mail metering system that preprints the non-variable portion of an indicia. The pre-printed portions may be printed with a fluorescent and phosphorescent ink, while other pre-printed portions may be printed using standard colored or black inks. Some variable printed portions may be printed with a fluorescent and phosphorescent ink, while other variable portions may be printed using standard colored or black non-luminescent inks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2008
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventor: Ronald P. Sansone