Zip Code Patents (Class 382/102)
  • Patent number: 6614931
    Abstract: A messaging device has a message reception component configured to receive a printable message from a message originator, and a printer that prints the received message and that also prints an origin identifier of the message originator on the print medium. After the message is printed, a user marks it up for reply to the message originator. The messaging device has an optical scanner and optical recognition logic that detects the origin identifier and that instructs the messaging device to send the annotated message back to the message originator. In addition, the optical recognition logic recognizes instructions written on handwritten cover sheets. By preparing such a cover sheet with handwritten instructions, a user can instruct the message device regarding various transmission parameters such as recipients and recipients' telephone or facsimile numbers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2003
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, LP.
    Inventor: Gregory T. Nalder
  • Publication number: 20030161499
    Abstract: An automated metadata discovery, assignment, and submission system is disclosed. The system includes a photosharing service coupled to a network through a server, where the server stores metadata fields. The system also includes at least one client computer capable of communicating with the server over the network, where the client computer stores a plurality digital files and an automation application. When executed, the automation application establishes communication with the photosharing service and downloads the metadata fields. The content of a first file is then automatically analyzed and one or metadata values are assigned to the downloaded metadata fields based on the analysis. In addition, the automation application automatically discovers any pre-existing metadata values associated with the file and uses the metadata values to populate corresponding downloaded metadata fields. Both the pre-existing and automatically assigned metadata values are then displayed to the user for viewing and editing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2002
    Publication date: August 28, 2003
    Inventors: Hugh Svendsen, Patricia Scardino
  • Patent number: 6574351
    Abstract: The present invention provides a destination area detection apparatus comprising: destination area candidates generator 21; feature amount extractor 22 for calculating a feature amount of each of the destination area candidates; storage unit 3 for storing a feature amount and a destination probability of the destination area candidate for the feature amount in correlation with an addresser probability which is a probability of an area other than the destination but has an identical configuration as the destination; destination-addresser probability calculator 23 for conversion into a destination probability and addresser probability of each of the destination area candidate by referencing the feature amount in the storage unit 3; sorting unit 24 for deciding the order of the destination area candidates according to the obtained destination probability and the addresser probability; and output candidate decision unit 25 for selecting a predetermined number of destination area candidates having higher destinati
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2003
    Assignee: NEC Corporation
    Inventor: Hiroyoshi Miyano
  • Patent number: 6557000
    Abstract: The present invention is directed, in a general aspect, to a method of updating an addressee database in an incoming mail sorting apparatus comprising the steps of: a) providing the addressee database stored in memory associated with the mail sorting apparatus; b) providing a mailpiece to be read and sorted by the mail sorting apparatus; c) reading the mailpiece to determine whether the mailpiece is an update form; d) reading update information from the mailpiece if the mailpiece is an update form; e) updating addressee information as required by the update information on the update form. The method can be initiated by each individual employee using a readily available form and providing information manually or by using a software program resident on the employee's personal computer to generate the update form information. The method provides an easily accessible method of updating an addressee database that reduces database maintenance costs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2003
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventors: Frank E. Seestrom, Lyle W. Shaw, John H. Winkelman
  • Patent number: 6487302
    Abstract: A method for reading and sorting documents is provided which generally comprises staging each document for processing, capturing a digital image of the front side and the back side of each document, determining the physical orientation of each document using digital orientation recognition software and possibly hardware, reading the information from a digital image of each document, sorting the documents by orientation, and then communicating the information read from each document to a posting system. Additionally, the image of the document can be automatically oriented and then read. The documents, among other things, can include checks and coupons. When the document is a bank check, the method further comprises endorsing the check, printing an audit trail for the check, sorting the check by orientation, preparing a cash letter and sending the check to the bank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2002
    Assignee: Agissar Corporation
    Inventor: James E. Foley
  • Patent number: 6453054
    Abstract: Described is a method of recognizing sequences of handwritten and/or joined-up numerals, in particular post codes, the method calling for the conversion of of feature vectors, thus enabling the sequence of numerals to be recognized using an HMM recognition device without the need for segmentation of the image. Also described are particularly relevant examples of feature extraction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2002
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Torsten Caesar, Joachim Gloger, Eberhard Mandler, Volker Stampa
  • Patent number: 6346941
    Abstract: The present invention provides an interference check result displaying method, by which a rough position and a precise position of a representative point at which contact or interference occurs between objects present in a virtual three-dimensional space. Consequently, not only a rough position but also a precise position of a representative point at which contact or interference occurs can be recognized readily. Further, also in a case wherein such a real time performance as to perform an interference check while an object is moved or rotated, a rough position and a precise position of a representative point at which contact/interference occurs can be recognized similarly readily. Also where a plurality of representative points are present, a designated representative point can be identified readily from other representative points, and also representative points which are hidden by different objects can be recognized readily.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2002
    Assignee: Fujitsu Limited
    Inventors: Yuichi Arita, Naoyuki Nozaki
  • Patent number: 6269171
    Abstract: A method for exploiting correlated mail streams using optical character recognition is provided in which a static database is used to store data based on training. Real-time data for the parameters of interest, such as address block location, zip code, city, state, and font size or type is collected from the mail processing equipment in order to generate a statistical information database. The dynamic database can include probability density functions, correlations statistics, mean, variance, and high order moments. The statistical parameters are tracked using recursive least squares schemes with various windowing options, as will as moving average linear filters. Based on cost models which indicate the cost of making various types of errors in the OCR process, a decision threshold is determined which is based on the real-time statistics of the mail stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 1995
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2001
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Inventors: Francesco Gozzo, Joseph T. Higgins
  • 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: 5799108
    Abstract: In an image processing apparatus, a matrix for an arbitrary pixel (to be an observed pixel) on the original image is set up so that the density of the observed pixel and that of a target pixel which is located in the direction along which shadows are formed are compared to determine a maximum value of density of the two. If the density of the observed pixel is greater than that of the target pixel or pixels, the density of the target pixel is converted into a predetermined level of density, whereas if the density of the observed pixel is less than that of the target pixel, no conversion of density is made. This procedure is repeatedly performed for the entire image information to thereby create shadows having a designated length and complete a shadowing image. Then, the shadowing image is combined with the original image, whereby a shadowed image is complete.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 1995
    Date of Patent: August 25, 1998
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Toshihiro Okahashi
  • Patent number: 5697504
    Abstract: The video coding system picks up the whole image of postal matter, inputs the picked image to a character/code & image reader to read a user code on the postal matter, prints bar code information corresponding to the read result on the postal matter, and sorts the postal matter according to the bar code information. In this system, a display device displays the whole image of postal matter from which the user code cannot be read, and user code candidate characters, together with a user code input area for inputting the user code, an image of a specific user code location, and images of a plurality of user code candidate areas. An operator inputs the user code, which the character/code & image reader failed to read, in the user code input area while visually checking the displayed whole image and the images of the user code candidate areas. The input user code is stored in a memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 1994
    Date of Patent: December 16, 1997
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Ryosuke Hiramatsu, Hitoshi Yoneda