Postage Meter System Patents (Class 705/401)
  • Patent number: 11182734
    Abstract: Intelligent tools are provided to enable a mailcenter in a campus to provide mail service to mail service customers and perform processing of mail, in an automated manner as much as possible. Such processing may be performed include scanning and obtaining mail information from a mailpiece, and then sending such mail information to the mail service customer (as specified addressee of the mailpiece) by electronic notification via a corresponding electronic address.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventor: Dale Walsh
  • Patent number: 11182790
    Abstract: A system and method implemented in an e-commerce system to facilitate transactions between a customer and a vendor is disclosed. The method includes generating the requested at least one QR code and token, wherein the at least one QR code and token includes at least an email field, transmitting the at least one QR code and token, receiving a response email, wherein the response email includes the token, decoding, the token, performing a validation, and processing the transaction, on a condition that the validation(s) are approved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: SWOOP IP HOLDINGS LLC
    Inventors: James Kassemi, Chad Person, John P. Killoran, Jr., Patrick Killoran
  • Patent number: 11158137
    Abstract: Systems and methods which provide a shipping interface within a user interface are shown. A shipping interface of embodiments is provided within a open architecture or multiple application user interface, such as a browser user interface. A user may be enabled to use a same shipping account with respect to any number of applications or functions. Moreover, a user may be enabled to select a shipping provider of preference, even where the underlying application or function does not support the selected shipping provider or any shipping functions. Embodiments provide comparison of various shipping providers to a user for selection. Embodiments comprise a browser plug-in operable to provide a shipping interface, such a by inserting one or more shipping buttons within a page displayed by the browser, within a popup window, within a frame along the main browser window, within a browser menu bar, tool tray, etcetera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignee: Stamps.com Inc.
    Inventors: Keith D. Bussell, Geoffrey C. Begen
  • Patent number: 11153146
    Abstract: A method includes distributing a number of printer devices across a computer network with corresponding logistical nodes associated therewith, and, through a server, dynamically extracting, from a number of digital pre-print mail files related to physical mailing items, metadata related thereto and mailing constraints based on scanning the number of digital pre-print mail files, and classifying the number of digital pre-print mail files into groups based on an extent to which the dynamically extracted metadata is shared between constituents thereof. The method also includes, through the server, matching each classified group to a logistical node based on the dynamically extracted metadata shared between the constituents thereof and dynamically tracked printer characteristics, and commingling the extracted metadata within the each classified group into a master document in which the extracted metadata is laid out to enable printing thereof through a printer device associated with the matched logistical node.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: ACCUZIP, INC.
    Inventor: Steve Belmonte
  • Patent number: 11132685
    Abstract: A system and method in accordance with examples may include an identity verification kiosk. The identity verification kiosk may include a display comprising a user interface; a card reader; a document scanner; a printer; and a processor in data communication with a server and a database storing user information. The processor may be configured to receive an identification verification request from the user interface; receive user information via the document scanner or the card reader; retrieve user information from the database; verify the identity of a user; and print a unique identifier on a document using the printer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: CAPITAL ONE SERVICES, LLC
    Inventors: Austen Novis, Eric Loucks
  • Patent number: 11003648
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for loading data from a database into a task database, via a stage database. One exemplary method includes accessing a backup database where the backup database includes multiple flat files and where each of the multiple flat files includes data and having a filename. The method also includes appending, by a computing device, the filename of one of the multiple flat files to an index stored in the computing device and changing a global variable associated with a data loader for the one of the multiple flat files to the filename. The method then further includes loading the data from the one of the multiple flat files into a stage database in memory of the computing device and transferring the loaded data in the stage database to a task database, thereby making the data available to queries associated with tasks relying on the loaded data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: MASTERCARD INTERNATIONAL INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Tom James Glaser, Shankar Subramanian, Kevin Michael Lyons, Zachary Widdicombe, Clifford A. Kinnunen
  • Patent number: 10930088
    Abstract: Systems and methods which implement localized functionality in a client server system using a technique of caching one or more functional objects for access in response to an appropriate server call are shown. Embodiments provide a browser based postage indicia generation and printing solution in which a browser upon which a postage client is operable is controlled to cache one or more functional objects in the form of script files. Various functional objects may be optimized for caching by clients such as postal rating scripts, postal insurance rating scripts, address verification scripts, etc. Security and/or accuracy verification may be implemented by a server to independently verify the results of use of the use of functional objects by a client.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: Stamps.com Inc.
    Inventors: Geoffrey C. Begen, Michael J. Biswas
  • Patent number: 10802877
    Abstract: A task management method and system, and a computer storage medium include: monitoring the operation of background tasks; determining the allowed operation time of a specific background task in a unit time, the sum of the operation times allowed for all the specific background tasks within the unit time being less than or equal to a preset time threshold; and the respective specific background tasks are brought into a waiting state when the specific background tasks are outside of the corresponding operation period within the unit time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: ONEPLUS TECHNOLOGY (SHENZHEN) CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kengyu Lin, Wenyen Chang
  • Patent number: 10681556
    Abstract: The present disclosure describes techniques for detecting and mitigating a spoof communication within a network, such as a Session Internet Protocol (SIP) network. Determination and mitigation of spoof communication may be performed by a spoof mitigation module associated with a Home Public Land Mobile Network (HPLMN). A server, such as a SIP server, may receive a call request (i.e. SIP INVITE message) from an originating device to initiate a Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) communication with a recipient device. In response to the originating device being associated with a HPLMN subscriber account, the server may determine an origin network of the SIP INVITE message and compare the origin network with a most recent instance of registration data associated with the originating device and recorded within the HPLMN. A match indicates that the call request is likely reliable. A mismatch may indicate that the call request is likely a spoof communication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: T-Mobile USA, Inc.
    Inventor: Homer Nicolas B. Filart
  • Patent number: 10621580
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to systems and methods which identify fraudulent situations during the transaction phase. In one embodiment, such detection is accomplished by monitoring for situations either outside the range of normal for the general population or outside the range of normal for this particular user. The normal range could be rule driven and, for example, could include size of a given purchase, frequency of purchases, identity the equipment being utilized for the current transaction, etc. The rule could be relaxed or tightened, at least in part, based on the length of time that the user has been a customer and the user's past payment history. In one embodiment, device ids are used to detect fraudulent users. These device (or software) ids could, for example, be a “fingerprint” of the user's equipment, or a “cookie” previously downloaded to the user that identifies the user to the fulfillment system. In situations where fraud is detected downloading the value to the user is interrupted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Stamps.com Inc.
    Inventors: Akbar A. Thobhani, Kyle Huebner, Steve Spring
  • Patent number: 10547671
    Abstract: Systems and methods that allow only a single PSD to be used for a customer regardless of the number of servers in the system are provided. This is accomplished by allowing each server to communicate with the other servers in the system, such that each server can determine which customer PSDs are coupled to each of the other servers. As requests are routed to a first server by the load balancer, if the first server does not have the specific customer's PSD installed, it can determine which server has that customer's PSD and forward the request to that second server. Once the request has been processed by the second server, the response is sent back to the first server that received the request for return to the customer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventor: George T. Monroe
  • Patent number: 10466285
    Abstract: A method for storing information within a utility meter that includes storing a data stream comprising a plurality of data values regarding a metered quantity delivered to a load corresponding to a plurality of time periods, wherein the plurality of data values are stored sequentially based on their corresponding time periods. The method also includes responsive to a power outage, inserting into the data stream a time stamp corresponding to a time period in the plurality of time periods in which the power outage occurred.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Landis+Gyr LLC
    Inventors: David Schamber, Daniel Mondot
  • Patent number: 10365786
    Abstract: Embodiments include a computing system configured to display an icon label with a dynamic display characteristic. The system may receive an indication of an icon representing a data object, determine a type of the data object, and based on the determined type, dynamically determine a label that is associated with the data object and includes a dynamic display characteristic. A user interface display is generated that includes the icon having a display portion configured to display the label with the dynamic display characteristic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Anastasia Paushkina, Alfredo Mendonça de Almeida, Matthew Lenell Cooper, Michael J. McCormack
  • Patent number: 10169757
    Abstract: Transaction data is written to one or more records in a datastore using key-value pairs. The record key for a record comprises a hash key and a range key, where the hash key corresponds to a particular transaction and the range key corresponds to a transaction type. The record key also comprises a counter to distinguish between different records storing data for the same transaction. A serialized data stream of transaction data may be apportioned into multiple data records and stored in a non-relational datastore. Each record for a transaction is individually readable, independently of the other records for the transaction. Accordingly, data records storing a large amount of transaction data for a transaction may be individual retrieved and presented at an access device, enabling a paginated view of the large amount of data with low latency in its retrieval.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Rajendra Kumar Vippagunta, Sumesh Santha Kumar
  • Patent number: 10162578
    Abstract: There is provided an information distribution system including an electronic apparatus and an information distribution apparatus connected through a network, the information distribution apparatus comprising an apparatus usage information collection unit configured to collect apparatus usage information indicating usage situation of the electronic apparatus; a distribution information generating unit configured to generate distribution information to be distributed to the electronic apparatus based on the apparatus usage information; and a distribution unit configured to distribute the distribution information to the electronic apparatus; the electronic apparatus comprising a distribution information acquiring unit configured to acquire the distribution information; and a display control unit configured to display the distribution information in a display unit of the electronic apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Hidehiko Watanabe, Hiroshi Kakii, Junya Jimbo, Naoki Chiyo
  • Patent number: 10055707
    Abstract: There are provided systems and methods for location detection devices for use in a courier services network. A first user may travel to a location for a particular reason, such as item purchases or appointments. While at the location, the user may be identified at the location by a server offering courier services to a seller and a second user purchasing items from the seller. Based on the first user's reason for traveling to the location and other indicia of trustworthiness or fraud, the server may determine whether the first user can be trusted as a courier. If the user is trusted as a courier, the server may update the first user and the seller to arrange delivery of the item to another location set by the second user. The first user may also be provided with additional items for the second user to deliver to further locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: PAYPAL, INC.
    Inventors: Kamal Zamer, James Marcos Duran, Krishna Sai Pendela Bala Venkata, Praveen Nuthulapati, Jayasree Mekala, Sivakumar Sirumugai Palanisamy
  • Patent number: 10043148
    Abstract: A method is disclosed for optimizing an order for a product for delivery. The method includes receiving an order for a product from a first requestor, the order identifying a delivery timeframe. The method also includes identifying an undelivered shipment of the product associated with an existing order of a second party. The method further includes transmitting a request to reroute the undelivered shipment of the product to the first requestor within the delivery timeframe. The method still further includes processing the order for the product. The processing includes arranging delivery of the product to the second party. Systems and apparatus are also disclosed to implement the disclosed methods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: FORMULA LABS, LLC
    Inventor: Manish Chowdhary
  • Patent number: 9959542
    Abstract: Methods and systems for verifying authenticity of a physical object and/or for verifying possession of the object by an individual are described. In one embodiment, the object is registered with a remote processing system. Data representing at least one characteristic of the object is obtained and stored in the remote system and the identity of the individual or entity possessing the object is authenticated. After authenticating the individual, an identifier is collocated (or an existing mechanism is activated or modified to replicate the identifier) with the object, where the identifier uniquely identifies the object and the individual possessing the object. The object and the identity of the individual possessing the object can be authenticated at a future time by sensing the collocated identifier and sending the sensed identifier to the remote system. The remote system can send instructions to an entity wishing to authenticate the object and its association with the individual possessing the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: 1997 Irrevocable Trust For Gregory P. Benon
    Inventor: Gregory P. Benson
  • Patent number: 9949060
    Abstract: A system and method is provided for using information broadcast by devices and resources in the immediate vicinity of a mobile device, or by sensors located within the mobile device itself, to ascertain and make a determination of the immediate environment and state of the mobile device. This determination may be used to control and manage the actions that the device is asked to carry out by or on behalf of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Sensoriant, Inc.
    Inventor: Shamim A. Naqvi
  • Patent number: 9942045
    Abstract: A server and method for providing a content selection is provided. The server receives content targeting parameters and obtains content items from at least one content site based on the content targeting parameters. The server can further identify content descriptors for the content items and generate a first content cluster from a subset of the content items based on the content descriptors. The server can further generate a second content cluster from a second subset of the content items based on the content descriptors and rank the first and the second content clusters in an order of usefulness. The ranking of the content clusters can be based on at least one of an importance of content, a recentness of the content items and a size of the content cluster.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: CRYPTOMETRY LIMITED
    Inventor: Marcio Coelho Teixeira
  • Patent number: 9913070
    Abstract: A system and method is provided for using information broadcast by devices and resources in the immediate vicinity of a mobile device, or by sensors located within the mobile device itself, to ascertain and make a determination of the immediate environment and state of the mobile device. This determination may be used to control and manage the actions that the device is asked to carry out by or on behalf of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: SENSORIANT, INC.
    Inventor: Shamim A. Naqvi
  • Patent number: 9892389
    Abstract: A system, method, and computer program to reduce incorrectly declined transactions and improve risk calculation accuracy by reducing error probability during fraud detection. The tool first receives at least one data element as well as transaction account data and/or financial transaction instrument data. Then a customer is determined from a first record associated with the transaction account data and/or financial transaction instrument data. A record search is performed to identify at least one additional record associated with the customer. Finally, the data element is compared to the information contained in the additional record to create a comparison result that verifies a customer address. The comparison result may be used as an input to transaction risk calculations. The comparison result may also be provided to a merchant system and/or merchant for use in a decision-making process, for example, to verify customer identity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: III Holdings I, LLC
    Inventors: Danielle R. Domenica, Rahul S. Siddharth, Chanderpreet Duggal, Pradeep V. Ramesh, Janet L. Biffle, Kristin Hoyne Gomes
  • Patent number: 9870664
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a barrier operator system in which a remotely located transceiver type controller is in wireless communication with a transceiver type adapter connected to a barrier operator, and in electronic communication with the barrier operator's microcontroller. The controller is operable to wirelessly transmit door operator status inquiries to the adapter. This may be effected automatically in connection with the transmission and receipt by the adapter of door toggle commands or separate and apart from same. The status information is wirelessly transmitted by the adapter in broadcast form without source or destination address to the remote device in a signal that is non-addressed broadcast door operator (and, indirectly, door) status information by relying upon the receipt of the message by the remote within the specific time limit of the reception window of the remote.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Overhead Door Corporation
    Inventors: Steven E. Wilder, Mark Kenneth Siegesmund, Leroy G. Krupke
  • Patent number: 9866378
    Abstract: An encryption method includes displaying encryption target data on a display screen as an image, performing first acceptance in which designation of an at least partial region of the displayed image is accepted, performing second acceptance in which designation regarding splitting of the designated at least partial region is accepted, and splitting data that is included in the encryption target data and corresponds to the designated at least partial region in accordance with the designation regarding the splitting under a secret sharing scheme.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CORPORATION OF AMERICA
    Inventors: Kotaro Hakoda, Katsuya Kosugi, Mitsuhiro Matsunaga, Nobuhiro Kambe, Teruo Kamiyama
  • Patent number: 9819623
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and other embodiments associated with routing messages in a network are described. In one embodiment, a method includes acquiring engagement information about each of a plurality of individuals that are members of a network associated with a user. The engagement information is acquired as a message is received from the user. The method may also include analyzing the network and the engagement information using a set of predefined metrics to determine a probability that each of at least a subset of the plurality of individuals will respond to the message. The method may also include routing the message to at least one individual in the subset as a function of the probability that each of at least a subset of the plurality of individuals will respond.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: ORACLE INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION
    Inventor: Vasanthan Gunaratnam
  • Patent number: 9811958
    Abstract: An apparatus for more efficiently enabling secure access to an enclosure is described herein. The apparatus may include a wireless transmitter in a selectably opaque container, a wireless transceiver, a GPS receiver, an NFC transmitter and/or receiver, one or more hardware processors, and hardware memory. The hardware memory stores instructions for receiving a current location of the apparatus and comparing that location to a delivery address of the enclosure. As the location is within a certain range of the delivery address the apparatus sends a request to a cloud-based server for a hash digest masking an acceptable input for an access control mechanism associated with the enclosure. The apparatus receives the hash digest and forwards it to the access control mechanism via the wireless transmitter. Computer executable code for handling such tasks, and a cloud-based server for generating the hash digest, are also described herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Inventors: David R. Hall, Mark Hall, Craig Boswell, Joe Fox, Corey Webb, Jedediah Knight
  • Patent number: 9805062
    Abstract: An address recognition apparatus has an address recognition section, and a non-addressee determination section. The address recognition section acquires, based on an image of an object, address information described on the object. The non-addressee determination section determines, based on a comparison result of information relating to first address information that is the address information acquired in the address recognition section at a desired timing, and information relating to second address information that is the address information acquired in the address recognition section before the first address information, whether or not the first address information is a non-destination address that is not an address of an addressee.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Tomoyuki Hamamura, Masaya Maeda, Bunpei Irie, Ying Piao, Yuka Watanabe
  • Patent number: 9747471
    Abstract: A state sensitive device is described, the device including a state register which stores a record of the effective-state of the device, a mask field having a value which varies according to a value of the state register, and a processor which changes the value of the mask field to a new value of the mask field when there is a change in the value of the state register, wherein, the processor performs a state dependent calculation requiring the value of the mask field as an operand in the state dependent calculation which will yield an incorrect result if the value of the mask field does not properly correspond to the value of the state register. Related methods, systems and apparatus are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Yaacov Belenky, Chaim Shen-Orr
  • Patent number: 9692594
    Abstract: An encryption method includes displaying encryption target data on a display screen as an image, performing first acceptance in which designation of an at least partial region of the displayed image is accepted, performing second acceptance in which designation regarding splitting of the designated at least partial region is accepted, and splitting data that is included in the encryption target data and corresponds to the designated at least partial region in accordance with the designation regarding the splitting under a secret sharing scheme.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CORPORATION OF AMERICA
    Inventors: Kotaro Hakoda, Katsuya Kosugi, Mitsuhiro Matsunaga, Nobuhiro Kambe, Teruo Kamiyama
  • Patent number: 9578491
    Abstract: A disclosed transmission management system includes a receiver unit to receive alteration information for altering a communication status of a first transmission terminal from the first transmission terminal that communicates with a second transmission terminal to exchange content data, a terminal management unit to manage first status information indicating the communication status of the first transmission terminal, an acquisition unit to acquire the first status information from the terminal management unit in a case where the receiver unit receives the alteration information for altering the communication status of the first transmission terminal, and an alteration unit to alter the first status information managed by the terminal management unit, based on the alteration information for altering the communication status of the first transmission terminal received by the receiver unit and the first status information acquired by the acquisition unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventor: Naoki Umehara
  • Patent number: 9565169
    Abstract: When theft protection of a computing device is initiated, credentials of the user are provided to one or more services that verify the credentials and generate a recovery key. A data value is generated based on the recovery key and an identifier of the computing device (e.g., by applying a cryptographic hash function to the recovery key and the computing device identifier), and the data value is provided to the computing device, which stores the data value at the computing device. When a user is prompted to prove his or her ownership of the device, the owner can prove his or her ownership of the device in different manners by accessing the one or more services via a network (e.g., the Internet), or by providing the recovery key (e.g., obtained using another computing device) to the computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Mihai Irinel Susan, Bogdan Andreiu, Scott R. Shell, Scott Michael Bragg, Ling Tony Chen
  • Patent number: 9501754
    Abstract: Methods, systems, apparatuses, and computer program products are provided for arranging for shipping a package without the customer needing to generate or apply a shipping label, or any other information, to the package. In one embodiment, a system may comprise a carrier server and a carrier device. The carrier server may receive and store a smart code and shipping information associated with the package, which it may link together. The carrier device may capture the smart code from the package and send a request, including the smart code, to the carrier server for related shipping information. The carrier server may receive the request from the carrier device, retrieve the shipping information based on the smart code, and send the shipping information to the carrier device. The carrier device may receive the shipping information and generate a shipping label for the package based on the shipping information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: UNITED PARCEL SERVICE OF AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Robert J. Gillen, Mark S. Lewis
  • Patent number: 9335891
    Abstract: Where a label for an item to be represented by an icon is customized, the icon is generated to dynamically display all of the label. Thus, at some point, the entire label is displayed, even though only a portion of the label is eventually displayed in the icon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Anastasia Paushkina, Alfredo Mendonça de Almeida, Matthew Lenell Cooper, Michael J. McCormack
  • Patent number: 8954355
    Abstract: The present invention is generally directed to online postage services and systems that have an online connection, and more particularly to systems and methods for enabling a shipping label service to be integrated with a third party application or website. One preferred embodiment includes a computer program product having a computer-usable medium with a sequence of instructions, which when executed by a processor, causes the processor to execute a process that provides an online postage and shipping label service. The computer program product is configured to be integrated into a third party application, and the process includes the steps of enabling a user of the third party application to purchase postage, and enabling a user to generate one or more images of one or more shipping labels via the third party application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: PSI Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Harry T. Whitehouse, Amine G. Khechfe
  • Patent number: 8947681
    Abstract: An insertion system includes an enclosure supply device, an envelope supply device, an insertion device to insert an enclosure supplied from the enclosure supply device into the envelope supplied from the envelope supply device, a first input unit to input identification data of the enclosure inserted into the envelope in each of multiple insertion setting records, a second input unit to input identification data of the enclosure set in the enclosure container of the enclosure supply device, and a controller to determine whether the identification data of the enclosure to be inserted, input by the first input unit, matches the identification data of the enclosure set in the enclosure container, input by the second input unit, and to control supply of the envelope by the envelope supply device as well as supply of the enclosure by the enclosure supply device based on a result of the determination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Shingo Matsushita, Takeshi Sasaki, Satoshi Saito, Ikuhisa Okamoto, Junichi Tokita, Akira Kunieda, Takahiro Watanabe, Jun Yamada
  • Publication number: 20140324736
    Abstract: A collation of printed marketing signs for delivery or distribution to a retail store includes at least a first group of marketing signs and a second group of marketing signs. Each group has at least one stack of marketing signs for altering product display structures in a retail store and each marketing sign in each stack has a same non-rectangular shape. The first group of signs includes a first level of priority and the second group of signs includes a second level of priority. The first level of priority indicates that the first group of signs be set in the store before the second group of signs, which have the second level of priority.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 11, 2014
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Inventor: Daniel G. Engelby
  • Patent number: 8874451
    Abstract: A system and method for linking data objects and physical objects of various kinds to an identified user is described. The system provides to the identified user information relating to the delivery status of mail pieces directed to or sent by the user, and the user then tracks and traces the mail pieces. The system further provides to the identified user information relating to continued sessions through which the user provides to a postal service system information relating to mailing labels and postage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Escher Group, Ltd.
    Inventors: Joshua R. Smith, Paul Michael Yarin, Michael J. Murphy, Andrew V. Sutherland, II, Eric Metois
  • Patent number: 8818911
    Abstract: The present invention includes methods for operating a mailing machine. A permit mail imprint is generated in the mailing machine on the basis of input signals entered into the mailing machine via a user interface of the mailing machine. At least some of the input signals may represent alphanumeric characters. For example, the permit number may be entered via a keypad or keyboard in the form of numeric characters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventors: Steven M. Kaye, Joan T. Doutney, Rodney Hallgren, Beth A. Kroczaleski, Mark D. Lee, Jacky Y. Igval
  • Patent number: 8818914
    Abstract: A method for temporarily redirecting a customer's mail from a current mailing address to a temporary mailing address, includes: receiving a request to temporarily redirect the customer's mail; determining a first date to begin mail redirection and a second date to cancel mail redirection; redirecting a first type of mail to a temporary mailing address; instructing a delivery service provider to provide a package to the customer after the customer arrives at the temporary mailing address; instructing the delivery service provider to hold a second type of mail for a time period calculated based on the request; receiving a notification that the customer has arrived at the temporary mailing address; and informing at least one contact specified by the customer that the customer has arrived at the temporary mailing address.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: United States Postal Service
    Inventor: Emily Andrew
  • Publication number: 20140229369
    Abstract: Systems and methods which provide metering of postage value using accumulated postage information are shown. Embodiments implement an accumulated postage register in a postage security device which is incremented each time a postage indicium is generated and which is reset when a postage value settlement operation is performed. Accumulated postage may be paid for using various accounts, including pre-funded or pre-paid accounts, credit accounts, debit accounts, and billing accounts. Accordingly, embodiments may be used with respect to a post-paid metering model, a pre-paid metering model, and combinations thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 14, 2014
    Publication date: August 14, 2014
    Applicant: Stamps.com Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Tsuie, Keith D. Bussell, JP Leon
  • Patent number: 8805749
    Abstract: A postage evidencing meter system is disclosed. The system comprises an authorization database for storing parameters for at least one user, wherein the parameters limit the at least one user's ability to evidence postage using the meter. The parameters include a maximum postage amount that the at least one user is allowed to use on the meter to evidence postage. The parameters may alternatively or also include a period of time during which the user is allowed to use the meter to evidence postage or a maximum amount of postage that can be used during a period of time. The postage evidencing meter further comprises a user interface, a printer, and a security module. In alternative embodiments, the authorization database is stored on a removable storage device and/or is coupled to the meter via a communication link to a remote postage information system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Stamps.com
    Inventor: Craig Ogg
  • Patent number: 8768857
    Abstract: The present invention provides apparatus, systems and methods for the computerized generation and printing of a U.S. Postal Service Shipping Label over the Internet that provides postage, shipping address, delivery address, and shipment and delivery tracking indicia. According to the invention, human-readable postage payment indicia is formatted in such a way that the actual price of shipping postage is obscured; postage payment can only be translated from the postage payment indicia by someone who knows the format template. The present invention further provides a United States Postal Service shipping label comprising a representation of paid postage, said representation of paid postage comprising a human-readable character string, said character string comprising imbedded postage price information. The present invention further provides a United States Postal Service shipping label, comprising a machine-readable representation of paid postage and a ship to address.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignees: Stamps.com Inc., iShip Inc.
    Inventor: David Allison Bennett
  • Patent number: 8768851
    Abstract: Electronic messages may be processed using a stamp authority by receiving an electronic message, identifying a stamp associated the message, determining if the stamp is valid, and, if the stamp is determined to be valid, distinguishing the message from messages with which a valid stamp is not identified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventor: Barry Appelman
  • Patent number: 8750563
    Abstract: For preparing a series of mail pieces using a mail preparation apparatus, a scanner (63) scans at least a portion of a first postal item (20, 25) and generates signals in accordance with scanned patterns. A control system (31) processes the signals from the scanner into image data representing an image and compares the image data with reference data, which represent features of optical marks of a particular type that are associated to predetermined instructions for processing postal items (20, 25). If at least a predetermined extent of agreement between the image data and the reference data is found, a job setting including scanning of optical marks from further postal items (20, 25) and controlling the preparation of the mail pieces in accordance with instructions represented by the optical marks is selected. Otherwise, a job setting not including scanning of optical marks from further postal items (20, 25) is selected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Neopost Technologies
    Inventors: Williem Hendrik Stegeman, Jurek Nicolaj Deen
  • Patent number: 8736897
    Abstract: Printing methods and systems that provide both a secure value label printing mode of operation and a non-secure mode of operation that allows generic printing of non-value items without compromising the security feature of the secure printing mode are described. If the printing system determines the image is a non-secure image such as an address label or other non-value graphic, the printing system utilizes the non-secure mode and disables the use certain printhead elements. In such a system, the enforced print disabled white bands are enforced in non-secure mode such as by actually disabling the print drive mechanism that allows a row to be printed or by populating certain regions of the print buffer with zero values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey D. Pierce, Steven J. Pauly, Steven M. Kaye
  • Patent number: 8724140
    Abstract: One or more print streams destined for one or more print stream processing modules are optimized prior to printing, based on relevant document attributes. Optimization may balance operation time of a first processing module with that of a second processing module, by appropriate assigning of documents to the print streams. Optimization may separate input print file document pages into sort groups and/or order sort group documents from largest to smallest. Optimization may allocate documents to optimize the inserter throughput without damaging the integrity of the sort groups. With 2-up or 3-up printing or the like, allocation of sort groups between the multiple outputs to be created after printed paper is split may ensure that parallel paper document outputs are as nearly the same length as possible, to minimize paper wastage. Separation of pages of the same document among different streams/modules can be avoided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Bell and Howell, LLC
    Inventors: Victor Tolomei, Michael J. McIntee, Uwe Meister
  • Patent number: 8689122
    Abstract: In a computerized method and apparatus for processing digital information for display on a display unit, digital information representing a number of items of first superordinate information and a number of items of second detailed information, respectively associated with an item of superordinate information, are read from a memory. These items of first and second information are processed such that the first information can be displayed in a first display region the display unit and the second information can simultaneously be displayed in a second display region of the display unit, with a display of the information in one of the display regions causing no modification of the size of the other display region. The first and the second display regions interact such that the associated second information regarding a number of items of information displayed in the first display region can be displayed in the second display region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Sonja Auer, Christoph Kellermann, Axel Platz
  • Patent number: 8688463
    Abstract: Disclosed is a system, method, and medium for automatically analyzing response pieces. The system may scan the response piece, identify the response piece, and generate an image from the response piece. The system also processes the image. Processing the image may include determining response piece identification information and sending the response piece identification information to an accounting system to update an account associated with the response piece identification information. Processing the image may also include reading information from the response piece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: The United States Postal Service
    Inventor: Steven E. Mills
  • Patent number: 8682801
    Abstract: In a method and an arrangement for provision of at least one secured service via a security module of a franking machine for at least one procedure for data processing that is executed in a data processing device that can be connected with the franking machine, the procedure requests a secured first service from the security module in a request step; and the security module provides the first service in a provision step subsequent to the request step. The security module verifies an authorization to request the first service via the procedure in a verification step preceding the provision step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Francotyp-Postalia GmbH
    Inventors: Gerrit Bleumer, Clemens Heinrich
  • Publication number: 20140067724
    Abstract: Postage pricing data may be determined and reported in a uniform manner from data files. The data files may be provided to a vendor and include postage pricing data, mailing attribute data and other data for locating the appropriate postage. To obtain postage pricing, a number of attributes associated with a user's mailing are identified. A first data file may be searched using the attribute data. A key is accessed from the first data file based on the attributes and then a second data file is searched using the key and a pricing structure. The postage price for the mailing may then be retrieved from the search of the second data file.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2012
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Inventors: Peter J. Klausner, Bobbi J. Richardson