Data Protection Patents (Class 705/405)
  • Patent number: 10791105
    Abstract: The techniques described herein facilitate proactively discovery of remote micro-services by spreadsheet applications, e.g., Microsoft Excel®. In an implementation, a method of operating a spreadsheet application to proactively discover remote micro-services based on credential information is disclosed. The method includes identifying the credential information associated with a user of the spreadsheet application responsive to detecting a micro-service updating event and proactively discovering one or more micro-services that are available to the user of the spreadsheet application through a cloud service platform based on the credential information. The method further includes persisting a list including the one or more micro-services that are available to the user of the spreadsheet application based on the credentials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Carlos Augusto Otero, Ehab Sobhy Deraz, Christopher John Gross
  • Patent number: 10038563
    Abstract: A method for requesting a credential associated with token in a multiple token layer environment is disclosed. A tokenization certificate serves to validate the identity of a credential requestor and provide information about the requestor's authorization for de-tokenizing a token. Also, a public key in the tokenization certificate is used to encrypt the credential for secure transmission to the requestor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: VISA INTERNATIONAL SERVICE ASSOCIATION
    Inventors: Ajit Gaddam, Selim Aissi
  • Patent number: 10016604
    Abstract: An implantable pulse generator (IPG) that generates spinal cord stimulation signals for a human body has a programmable signal generator that can generate the signals based on stored signal parameters without any intervention from a processor that controls the overall operation of the IPG. While the signal generator is generating the signals the processor can be in a standby mode to substantially save battery power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: GLOBUS MEDICAL, INC.
    Inventors: Christopher Biele, Raghavendra Angara, Saif Khalil
  • Patent number: 9904923
    Abstract: Data can be protected in mobile and payment environments through various tokenization operations. A mobile device can tokenize communication data based on device information and session information associated with the mobile device. A payment terminal can tokenize payment information received at the payment terminal during a transaction based on transaction information associated with the transaction. Payment data tokenized first a first set of token tables and according to a first set of tokenization parameters by a first payment entity can be detokenized or re-tokenized with a second set of token tables and according to a second set of tokenization parameters. Payment information can be tokenized and sent to a mobile device as a token card based on one or more selected use rules, and a user can request a transaction based on the token card. The transaction can be authorized if the transaction satisfies the selected use rules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: Protegrity Corporation
    Inventors: Ulf Mattsson, Yigal Rozenberg
  • Patent number: 9882900
    Abstract: A client and server negotiate a secure communication channel using a pre-shared key where the server, at the time the negotiation initiates, lacks access to the pre-shared key. The server obtains the pre-shared key from another server that shares a secret with the client. A digital signature or other authentication information generated by the client may be used to enable the other server to determine whether to provide the pre-shared key.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory Branchek Roth, Gregory Alan Rubin
  • Patent number: 9819665
    Abstract: An access token is synchronized across multiple trusted devices when one of the trusted devices obtains an authorization grant from a resource owner, and uses the authorization grant to obtain the access token. The access token is synchronized with other trusted devices indicated in a trusted device list, by securely transmitting the access token to each of the trusted devices indicated in the trusted device list other than the first device. A second trusted device may then access the protected resource, using the access token originally obtained by the first device, without having to request the authorization grant from the resource owner to obtain a new access token.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: EMC IP Holding Company LLC
    Inventor: Salah Machani
  • Patent number: 9780953
    Abstract: A method for requesting a credential associated with token in a multiple token layer environment is disclosed. A tokenization certificate serves to validate the identity of a credential requestor and provide information about the requestor's authorization for de-tokenizing a token. Also, a public key in the tokenization certificate is used to encrypt the credential for secure transmission to the requestor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: VISA INTERNATIONAL SERVICE ASSOCIATION
    Inventors: Ajit Gaddam, Selim Aissi
  • Patent number: 9762577
    Abstract: A client and server negotiate a secure communication channel using a pre-shared key where the server, at the time the negotiation initiates, lacks access to the pre-shared key. The server obtains the pre-shared key from another server that shares a secret with the client. A digital signature or other authentication information generated by the client may be used to enable the other server to determine whether to provide the pre-shared key.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory Branchek Roth, Gregory Alan Rubin
  • Patent number: 9684800
    Abstract: Data can be protected in a centralized tokenization environment. A request to tokenize sensitive data is received by an endpoint. A token for use in tokenizing the sensitive data is identified. A token certificate store is queried for a token certificate associated with the identified token. The token certificate can include a token status and use rules describing a permitted use of the token. Responsive to the token certificate store storing the queried token certificate, the endpoint tokenizes the sensitive data using the identified token if the token status indicates the token is available, and subject to the use rules included in the token certificate being satisfied. The token certificate is updated based on the tokenization of the sensitive data with the identified token and stored at the token certificate store.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Protegrity Corporation
    Inventors: Ulf Mattsson, Yigal Rozenberg
  • Patent number: 9621080
    Abstract: A unit for recording operating information of an electronically commutated motor (ECM) is described. The unit includes a system controller communicatively coupled to an ECM. The system controller includes a processing device configured to control the unit. The unit also includes a memory device communicatively coupled to the system controller. The memory device is configured to receive and store ECM operating information provided by the processing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: REGAL BELOIT AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Brian L. Beifus, Paul N. Selking, Vijay D. Gurudasani, Michael R. Koller
  • Patent number: 9480150
    Abstract: A security assembly for protecting a device including first and second security wraps fitted to the device. The first security wrap covers a first area of the device. The second security wrap partially overlaps the first security wrap and covers a second area of the device. Each of the first and second security wraps has a security screen having a pair of screen terminals and a conductive track extending between the screen terminals A conductive structure is disposed in an overlapping area between the first and second security Wraps and coupled to the first screen terminals of the first security screen and to the second screen terminals of the second security screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: JOHNSON ELECTRIC S.A.
    Inventor: Vincent Daniel Jean Salle
  • Patent number: 9348729
    Abstract: Method for activation and storing traces generated by a mail processing device, comprising the following steps: connection of a storage apparatus on the mail processing device, activation of a traces generation module in the mail processing, temporary storage of selected traces in a circular buffer of the mail processing device, continuous transfer of the selected traces from the circular buffer to the storage apparatus, and when the traces generation is completed, deactivation of the traces generation module in the mail processing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: NEOPOST TECHNOLOGIES
    Inventor: Sebastien Gripon
  • Patent number: 9306957
    Abstract: According to some embodiments, a method and apparatus are provided to receive, at a central security manager located on a computer network, first network information from a first network resource associated with a first network perspective and receive, at the central security manager, second network information from a second network resource associated with a first network perspective. The first network information and the second network information are aggregated. A potential attack to the network is determined and a defensive measure is implemented in response to the potential attack to the network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: SAP SE
    Inventors: Or Igelka, Eyal Sinai
  • Patent number: 9236819
    Abstract: A unit for recording operating information of an electronically commutated motor (ECM) is described. The unit includes a system controller communicatively coupled to an ECM. The system controller includes a processing device configured to control the unit. The unit also includes a memory device communicatively coupled to the system controller. The memory device is configured to receive and store ECM operating information provided by the processing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2016
    Assignee: Regal Beloit America, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian L. Beifus, Paul N. Selking, Vijay D. Gurudasani, Michael R. Koller
  • Patent number: 9152416
    Abstract: A storage control device includes a first rewriting section, a second rewriting section, and a first retry control section. The first rewriting section performs first rewrite to rewrite other of two binary values into a memory cell in which one of the two binary values is written. The second rewriting section performs second rewrite to rewrite the one of the two binary values into the memory cell in which the other of the two binary values is written. The first retry control section causes the memory cell that has undergone the first rewrite to be subjected to the second rewrite followed by the first rewrite again if an error occurs during the first rewrite.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Kenichi Nakanishi, Keiichi Tsutsui, Yasushi Fujinami, Naohiro Adachi, Hideaki Okubo, Tatsuo Shinbashi, Ken Ishii
  • Patent number: 9032530
    Abstract: A computer program can be statically analyzed to determine an order in which client side workflows are intended to be implemented by the computer program. A virtual patch can be generated. When executed by a processor, the virtual patch can track web service calls from a client to the computer program, and determine whether the order of the web service calls from the client to the computer program correlate to the order in which client side workflows are intended to be implemented by the computer program. If the order of the web service calls from the client to the computer program do not correlate to the order in which client side workflows are intended to be implemented by the computer program, an alert can be generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Evgeny Beskrovny, Omer Tripp
  • Patent number: 9021596
    Abstract: A computer program can be statically analyzed to determine an order in which client side workflows are intended to be implemented by the computer program. A virtual patch can be generated. When executed by a processor, the virtual patch can track web service calls from a client to the computer program, and determine whether the order of the web service calls from the client to the computer program correlate to the order in which client side workflows are intended to be implemented by the computer program. If the order of the web service calls from the client to the computer program do not correlate to the order in which client side workflows are intended to be implemented by the computer program, an alert can be generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Evgeny Beskrovny, Omer Tripp
  • Patent number: 8855298
    Abstract: Processing of masked data using table lookups is described. A mask is applied to input data to generate masked input data. The mask and the masked input data are used in combination to locate an entry in a lookup table. The entry corresponds to a transformed version of the input data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Spansion LLC
    Inventor: Elena Vasilievna Trichina
  • 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: 8719927
    Abstract: Technologies are generally described for data filtering for communication devices. In one example, a method of receiving data from a data source on a communication device is disclosed. The method includes determining, at the communication device, a domain name of the data source. The method also includes determining, at the communication device, one or more communication networks the communication device is connected to. The method further includes processing, at the communication device, the domain name for acceptance based on the one or more connected communication networks. The method also includes receiving the data from the data source, at the communication device, if the domain name is accepted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Empire Technology Development LLC
    Inventors: Hidayah Hassan-Le Neel, Olivier Pierre Marie Le Neel
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8477345
    Abstract: There is provided a method and system for producing a label that can be applied onto a mailpiece. An exemplary method comprises providing a data service via a network node, the data service being performed in a provider server of a service provider. The exemplary method also comprises performing a one-time printing of the label via a control program, such that an intelligent document is transmitted from the provider server via a network to a user client, the one-time printing being done if a network connection exists between the user client and the provider server, and if, on the basis of a query to the provider server, it has been ascertained that that label had not been printed before. The exemplary method additionally comprises transmitting a message from the user client to the provider server when the label is printed for the first time. The exemplary method further comprises logging the printing in the provider server in response to the message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignee: Deutsche Post AG
    Inventors: Henning Endruscheit, Volker Klös, Thomas Ogilvie, Boris Mayer
  • Patent number: 8438115
    Abstract: In a system including a postage printing device and a data center, wherein the postage printing device and the data center have a first set of keys for use in requesting and downloading a plurality of postage data records from the data center for use in printing postal indicia, a method of securely transferring the postage printing device and any postage value stored therein from a first user to a second user. According to the method, a new set of keys for requesting and downloading postage data records is generated, any current postage value stored in the printer device is securely transferred to the second user using the new keys and some of the first set of keys, and the first set of keys is zeroed, thereby protecting the first user from any potential theft or fraud of postage funds on the part of the second user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventors: Steven J. Pauly, Michael J. Shukaitis
  • Patent number: 8429083
    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: August 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventor: Barry Appelman
  • Patent number: 8422668
    Abstract: Processing of masked data using table lookups is described. A mask is applied to input data to generate masked input data. The mask and the masked input data are used in combination to locate an entry in a lookup table. The entry corresponds to a transformed version of the input data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: Spansion LLC
    Inventor: Elena Vasilievna Thichina
  • Patent number: 8344872
    Abstract: A sensor is paired with an emitter, such as in a postage metering machine, and the sensor is calibrated for ambient light conditions. Ambient light is measured with a sensor while the emitter is unpowered. If the measured ambient light is less than a current trip level (voltage level at the sensor), then a current level of light is measured with the sensor while the emitter is powered. If the measured current level of light exceeds the current trip level, then the signal output from the sensor indicates that an object such as an envelope awaiting postage to be printed thereon is present at the sensor. The current trip level may be determined by measuring light at the sensor when the emitter is on and adding some voltage margin to it, but if the sensor is blocked during this calibration a default threshold is used as the current trip level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventor: Kevin M. Minckler
  • Patent number: 8239945
    Abstract: An intrusion detection system (IDS) comprises a network processor (NP) coupled to a memory unit for storing programs and data. The NP is also coupled to one or more parallel pattern detection engines (PPDE) which provide high speed parallel detection of patterns in an input data stream. Each PPDE comprises many processing units (PUs) each designed to store intrusion signatures as a sequence of data with selected operation codes. The PUs have configuration registers for selecting modes of pattern recognition. Each PU compares a byte at each clock cycle. If a sequence of bytes from the input pattern match a stored pattern, the identification of the PU detecting the pattern is outputted with any applicable comparison data. By storing intrusion signatures in many parallel PUs, the IDS can process network data at the NP processing speed. PUs may be cascaded to increase intrusion coverage or to detect long intrusion signatures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Marc A. Boulanger, Clark D. Jeffries, C. Marcel Kinard, Kerry A. Kravec, Ravinder K. Sabhikhi, Ali G. Saidi, Jan M. Slyfield, Pascal R. Tannhof
  • Patent number: 8224771
    Abstract: A system for resource sharing for document production. Available resources are determined for performing at least one document production task. The capacity of an available resource is determined. A task is selecting to send to the resource based at least partly on its availability. An identifier is associating with a set of task data, which can include document data and insertion data. The identifier can be used to track the progress and completion of the task. The task can be sent to the resource for processing. The completed task is received from the resource.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Assignee: Neopost Technologies
    Inventor: Roman Kresina
  • Patent number: 8151116
    Abstract: An apparatus, system, and method are disclosed for authenticating users through multiple communication channels. The authentication method of the present invention may be used to supplement password systems or replace password authentication, effectively enabling secure sharing, auditing, delegation, and revocation of authority.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Assignee: Brigham Young University
    Inventors: Timothy van der Horst, Kent Seamons
  • Patent number: 8145862
    Abstract: In a method and an apparatus for exchanging customer data of a franking machine, a data processing device is in communication with a first memory that is permanently connected therewith, and is also in communication with a security module for implementing security-relevant services associated with franking. The data processor stores user data in the first memory that are predetermined by a user. A second memory is connected to the data processor in a manner allowing the second memory to be readily detached. The data processor stores the user data in the second memory for data backup.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2012
    Assignee: Francotyp-Postalia GmbH
    Inventors: Rainer Ehresmann, Christoph Kunde, Thomas Kux, Torsten Schlaaff, Sabine Roth
  • Patent number: 8131959
    Abstract: In a method for data backup of a franking machine in which, in a data backup step, a connection is established between the franking machine and a remote data center via a communication network, data stored in the franking machine are transmitted to the data center as backup data in a transmission step, and the backup data are stored in the data center in a storage step. The backup data include user-definable configuration data of the franking machine that are definable by the user of the franking machine for configuration of the franking machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2012
    Assignee: Francotyp-Postalia GmbH
    Inventor: Clemens Heinrich
  • Patent number: 8099367
    Abstract: In a method and arrangement for variable generation of cryptographic securities of communications in a host device, for cryptographic security of a communication for a first purpose a first signature is used and for cryptographic security of a communication for a second purpose a second signature is used, the signatures being differentiated from each other by the type of their generation. A cryptologic module has a number of logic circuits and a changeover switch and is arranged externally of the postal security device and is connected at its output with an information input of the postal security device that has a logic circuit that applies a digital signal algorithm to the output signal supplied by the output in order to generate a signature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2012
    Assignee: Francotyp-Postalia AG & Co. KG
    Inventor: Gerrit Bleumer
  • Patent number: 8069123
    Abstract: A franking machine is described including a unit for generating franking data and a unit for printing data connected to the data generating unit and adapted to receive franking data therefrom, the printer unit including at least one member for printing data, wherein the franking machine includes additional means for wireless communication between the print member and the data generating unit to enable identification of the print member by the data generating unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2011
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes SAS
    Inventors: Jean-Marc Alexia, Bruno Debuire, Dominique Montbrun, Frédéric L'Hote
  • Patent number: 8060445
    Abstract: In a mail franking system including a central secure metering device (PSD 20) connected to a remote credit reloading server (26) and a plurality of local franking management modules (22-1 to 22-N) each including a local secure metering device (28-1 to 28-N) and connected to said central secure metering device via a user's local area network (LAN), there is provided a method wherein a franking session is opened, each of the local franking management modules books a predetermined franking value from a central secure metering device so as to perform secure frankings up to the limit of this value and at the end of session each of these modules transmits its consumed franking value to the central device which is then debited by an overall franking value equal to the sum of the franking values consumed by each of the local modules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2011
    Assignee: Neopost Technologies
    Inventors: Fabien Chatte, Marek Krasuski
  • Patent number: 8041645
    Abstract: The present invention includes apparatus and methods for printing and verifying postage stamps on demand via a personal postage stamp printer. The indicium by which the stamp is printed includes a color stripe and a data field including authentication data that corresponds to the color stripe. To authenticate the stamp, the authentication data in the data field is read and compared with authentication data extracted from the color stripe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2011
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventors: Robert A. Cordery, Donald G. Mackay, Claude Zeller
  • Patent number: 8010387
    Abstract: The present invention comprises a method, computer program product, and system for risk management. The present invention includes calculating a statistic of loss per unit time, the statistic being a product of a site loss parameter and a loss given a loss-basis event. The site loss parameter is a site casualty parameter and/or a site economic parameter, while the loss-basis event is a casualty-basis event and/or an economic-basis event, non-limiting examples of which include an earthquake, flooding, wind, and blast pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2011
    Assignee: California Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Keith Alan Porter, James Leslie Beck
  • Patent number: 8010463
    Abstract: A method, carrier server and system are provided for shipping a package wherein a shipper can arrange for shipment of a package, simply through an interactive contact with the carrier, without the need for the shipper to use official carrier documentation or forms. In particular a shipper may contact a carrier using any communication device, such as a cellular telephone, standard landline telephone, personal digital assistant (PDA), personal computer (PC), laptop, or other wired, wireless or optically-based device, in order to communicate shipping information to the carrier and, in response, receive a unique easy identifier. Thereafter, the shipper need only associate the easy identifier with the package, for example by simply hand writing the identifier on the package, and either deposit the package at the closest drop off box or carrier facility, or leave the package to be picked up by a carrier vehicle that has been, or will shortly thereafter be, dispatched fort the purpose of picking up the package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2011
    Assignee: United Parcel Services of America, Inc.
    Inventor: Bob Gillen
  • Patent number: 7966267
    Abstract: A method and system for authenticating an item by using a security marking. The security marking is provided on the item with an OVD ink capable of absorbing light in a visible wavelength range to appear visibly black and producing a red fluorescent emission under ultraviolet excitation. Under visible light illumination and ultraviolet excitation, a visible image and a fluorescent image are obtained from the security marking using image scanners. The images are compared to find a substantial match with each other. The security marking can be a postage indicium, a barcode, a symbol, a message or an image. The item to be authenticated can be a mailpiece, a banknote, a tag, a ticket, a document, an identification card, or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2011
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventors: Judith D. Auslander, Robert A Cordery, Claude Zeller
  • Patent number: 7756795
    Abstract: A mail piece verification system for processing a mail piece having associated therewith mail piece data includes an incoming mail processing center, an outgoing mail processing center located downstream from the incoming mail processing center and a data center in operative communication with the incoming mail processing center and the outgoing mail processing center. The incoming mail processing center receives the mail piece, obtains the mail piece and uploads the mail piece data to the data center. The data center performs a verification check on the mail piece data and downloads instructions based upon the verification check to the outgoing mail processing center. The outgoing mail processing center uses the instructions to process the mail piece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2010
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventors: Frederick W. Ryan, Jr., Thomas J. Foth, Cathy C. Morrissey, Steven J. Pauly, Leon A. Pintsov
  • Publication number: 20100145882
    Abstract: A method and system for securely transferring the personality of a postage meter system to a replacement postage meter system at a non-secure location includes the steps of connecting a security tool to the postage meter system at the non-secure location and the tool retrieving data from the postage meter system. The tool signs the retrieved data. The tool is connected to a data center and the tool transmits the signed data to the data center. The data center validates the signature and content of the retrieved data and the data center signs replacement adjusted data and transmits the signed replacement adjusted data from said data center to the tool at non-secure location. The tool sends the signed replacement adjusted data to the replacement postage meter system and the replacement postage meter system validates and installs the signed replacement adjusted data in the postage meter system at the non-secure location.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 10, 2008
    Publication date: June 10, 2010
    Applicant: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventors: John S. Wronski, JR., Catherine C. Morrissey
  • Patent number: 7590573
    Abstract: A system and method for transferring an asset, or assets, from a first depreciation book to a second depreciation book possibly in different currencies. In particular a method for automatically transferring an asset from a first depreciation book to a second depreciation book with the steps of: gathering asset information from the first depreciation book including original currency for the asset; gathering details of transfer including new currency for the asset and date of transfer; determining the financial treatment of the asset; determining a translation rate between the original currency and said new currency based on the date of transfer; computing financial parameters for the asset in the new currency; retiring the asset from the old depreciation book and creating the asset in the new depreciation book; creating journal entries for the transfer. All of these steps are generally performed while maintaining an audit trail of the transfer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2009
    Assignee: Chi-Star Technology
    Inventors: Brian Bouchard, Jeffrey Bisson
  • Patent number: 7580529
    Abstract: Digital franking notes generated in customer systems and comprise cryptographic information that is used for verifying the postage indicia in local payment assurance systems. A data key used for generating the postage indicia is generated in a value transfer center and transmitted via a central payment assurance system to the local payment assurance systems, which import the key in order to verify franking notes generated using the key. The local payment assurance systems notify the value transfer center of successful key imports. After a successful import, the value transfer center issues a data key to the customer systems and postage indicia are verified by decrypting the contained cryptographic information in the local payment assurance systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2009
    Assignee: Deutsche Post AG
    Inventors: Peter Fery, Juergen Helmus, Gunther Meier, Dieter Stumm, Carsten Vullriede
  • Patent number: 7577617
    Abstract: In a method and apparatus for dependable transmission of data from a data center to terminal equipment, particularly transmission of fee schedule table data to a postage-calculating scale or postage meter machine, new postage fee schedule table data are offered at the data center for future postage calculation. In a first communication between the data center and the terminal equipment, a request for postage fee schedule table data is formed at the terminal equipment and is communicated to the data center, and the data center receives the request and transmits the requested new service data to the terminal equipment, and the terminal equipment receives and stores the new service data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2009
    Assignee: Francotyp-Postalia AG & Co.
    Inventor: Frank Reisinger
  • Publication number: 20090182751
    Abstract: A method of accessing digital images of mailpieces from a workstation of a sender of said mailpieces, which method comprises the following steps: franking the mailpieces on at least one franking machine of said sender; acquiring a digital image of each of the franked mailpieces at an office for receiving said mailpieces; extracting, from each of the digital images, at least a first identifier of the sender and a second identifier of a dealer of the franking machine; feeding a first database with the digital images and with the identifiers; transferring portions of said first database to each of the servers of the dealers, said portions of said first database being determined as a function of the second identifier; feeding a second database with said determined portion of said first database; transferring portions of said second database to a workstation of each of the senders, said portions of said second database being determined as a function of the first identifier; and accessing the digital image of ea
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 5, 2009
    Publication date: July 16, 2009
    Applicant: NEOPOST TECHNOLOGIES
    Inventor: Ruben RICO
  • Patent number: 7558633
    Abstract: In a test automation method and test system for a user end apparatus that can be communicatively connected with a test automation apparatus, at least one data processing unit and a non-volatile memory for storage of a test workflow program as well as a first external interface and a second external interface are provided. The user end apparatus has at least one control unit, a non-volatile memory and an external interface. The user end apparatus is protected by a security housing and has an external interface that can be placed in communication with the special second external interface of the test automation apparatus. By loading release software, the user end apparatus is programmed to generate test output signals and to supply these to the external interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2009
    Assignee: Francotyp-Postalia GmbH
    Inventors: Gerrit Bleumer, Stefan Schwarz
  • Patent number: 7536553
    Abstract: A method and system for authenticating an item by using a security marking. The security marking is provided on the item with an OVD ink capable of absorbing light in a visible wavelength range to appear visibly black and producing a red fluorescent emission under ultraviolet excitation. Under visible light illumination and ultraviolet excitation, a visible image and a fluorescent image are obtained from the security marking using image scanners. The images are compared to find a substantial match with each other. The security marking can be a postage indicium, a barcode, a symbol, a message or an image. The item to be authenticated can be a mailpiece, a banknote, a tag, a ticket, a document, an identification card, or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2009
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventors: Judith D. Auslander, Robert A Cordery, Claude Zeller
  • Patent number: 7386463
    Abstract: Methods for insurance of online presence (202) and/or data (200) are described. An insurer (302) contracts with an insured entity (304) in an agreement (308) under which a premium (310) is paid for insurance coverage. The premium is calculated (306) using a pure premium method (400) or a loss ratio premium method (402), in a manner that depends on factors such as expected virus scan results (404), expected data recovery time (406), expected geographic spread (408), use of multiple recovery methods (410), and other information regarding the insured entity's business and the technical protection services (206) to be used. In some embodiments, the technical protection services are provided under the agreement by a third party technical services provider (300). Systems, signals, and configured media are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2008
    Assignee: Miralink Corporation
    Inventor: Ron McCabe
  • Patent number: 7349855
    Abstract: This invention relates to a device for statistically following up postal products for electronic franking system, comprising a random access memory (RAM) used for recording communication statements, in which a saved part of this RAM contains a plurality of communication counters each associated with a determined postal product and corresponding to the total number of postal products considered as priority or secondary by the Postal Service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2008
    Assignee: Neopost Industrie
    Inventor: Claude Tetard
  • Patent number: 7296004
    Abstract: A computer implemented system and method for payment remittance receives a payor's payment information, processes this payment information, other than a received zip code, to identify an eleven digit zip code for a payee. The system and method then accesses a database of payee records to locate a payee record corresponding to the eleven digit zip code.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2007
    Assignee: Checkfree Corporation
    Inventors: David Lee Garrison, Patricia A. Kight, Brad Perkins, Cheryl Lynn Ward, Mary Elizabeth Lawson, Amy Lynn Kerin
  • Patent number: 7219084
    Abstract: In a system and a method for postal matter processing, with automatic reception of postal matter in receiving stations and with a staggered postal matter processing, acquisition of shipping data and providing the postal matter with a machine-readable marking and storage of the mail take place in the receiving stations. The marked postal matter is transported to a remote distributing station having at least one franking means at which transfer of the shipping data allocated to the marking into a memory of the franking means ensues. The postal matter is franked in the distributing station according to the data that are stored in the memory allocated to the marking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2007
    Assignee: Francotyp-Postalia AG & Co.
    Inventors: Klaus Gettwart, Henning Hentschel, Hartmut Neumann