(12) United States Patent ao) Patent No.: us 6,795,813 B2
Allport et al. (45) Date of Patent: *Sep. 21,2004
(54) SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR LINKING AN INDICIUM WITH ADDRESS INFORMATION OF A MAILPIECE IN A CLOSED SYSTEM POSTAGE METER
(75) Inventors: Robert W. Allport, Harlow (GB);
Stephen Kelly, Welwyn Garden City
(GB); Timothy J. Nicholls, Standon
(73) Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc., Stamford, CT (US)
( * ) Notice: This patent issued on a continued prosecution application filed under 37 CFR 1.53(d), and is subject to the twenty year patent term provisions of 35 U.S.C. 154(a)(2).
Subject to any disclaimer, the term of this patent is extended or adjusted under 35 U.S.C. 154(b) by 0 days.
(21) Appl. No.: 09/224,255
(22) Filed: Dec. 30, 1998
(65) Prior Publication Data
US 2002/0046192 Al Apr. 18, 2002
(51) Int. CI.7 G06F 17/60
(52) U.S. CI 705/60; 705/62; 705/50;
(58) Field of Search 705/60, 61, 62,
705/63, 50, 400-500; 380/229, 232, 55
(56) References Cited
U.S. PATENT DOCUMENTS
IEEE; Cryptographic Postage Indicia; No. C9706-7185-003; copyright 1997.*
Tygar, J.D. and Lee, B., "Cryptography: It's Not Just For Electronic Mail Anymore" Technical Report CMU-CS-93-107, Carnegie Mellon University, Mar. 1, 1993.
Dougherty, Philip, "Advertising: Postage Stamp as Ad Medium" New York Times, Feb. 14, 1986, Sec. 4, Col. 1, p. 15 (Abstract Only).
United States Postal Service (USPS), Information Based Indicia Program (IBIP) Indicium Specification, Jun. 13, 1996.
USPS, Information Based Indicia Program Indicium Specification (IBIP), Jun. 13, 1996, United States Postal Service, XP000213773, p. 3.1-p. 3.4, p. 5.1.
Primary Examiner—James P. Trammell
Assistant Examiner—Pierre E. Elisca
(74) Attorney, Agent, or Firm—Brian. A. Lemm; Angelo N.
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System and method is provided for adding addressing information to an indicium printed by a closed system metering device. A scanning device is coupled to a closed system postage meter for scanning addressing information printed on a mailpiece. The addressing information is combined with other information relating to the postage payment for the mailpiece to obtain postal data relating to the mailpiece. The postal data, including the addressing information is used to generate an indicium for the mailpiece. The indicium includes cryptographic evidencing of postage payment. The closed system metering device prints the indicium on the mailpiece.
10 Claims, 3 Drawing Sheets