US Patent No: 6,381,590

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Remote postage meter resetting system having alternate postage funding sources

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A remote postage meter resetting system includes apparatus for sending a request to recharge the postage meter by the postage recharge amount together with first data indicative of a first user prepaid postage account resident in a prepaid postage account data base having a plurality of prepaid postage accounts; and a data center including apparatus for receiving from the sending apparatus the first data together with the request to recharge the postage meter by the postage recharge amount; a line of credit database having a plurality of lines of credit each of which is associated with at least one of the plurality of prepaid postage accounts; a computer, in communication with the receiving apparatus, which is programmed to 1 ) obtain the first data and the postage recharge amount from the receiving apparatus, and 2) communicate with the prepaid postage account data base to determine if sufficient funds are in the first user prepaid postage account to cover the cost of the postage recharge amount, wherein at times when the computer determines that sufficient funds are not available in the first user account to cover the cost of the postage recharge amount the computer is programmed to automatically 1) communicate with the line of credit data base to determine if one of the plurality of lines of credit is associated with the first user prepaid postage account and 2) generate and send enabling data via the receiving apparatus to the sending apparatus only if the computer determines that one of the plurality of lines of credit is associated with the first user prepaid postage account; and structure for obtaining the enabling data from the sending apparatus and for providing the postage meter with the enabling data to effectuate resetting of the postage meter by the postage recharge amount.

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Patent Owner(s)

Patent OwnerAddressTotal Patents
PITNEY BOWES INC.STAMFORD, CT2796

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Inventor(s)

Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Debois, Elise R West Harrison, NY 2 10

Cited Art Landscape

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PITNEY BOWES INC. (3)
4,376,299 Data center for remote postage meter recharging system having physically secure encrypting apparatus and employing encrypted seed number signals 130 1980
4,447,890 Remote postage meter systems having variable user authorization code 131 1983
5,224,046 System for recharging a plurality of postage meters 35 1992
 
INTERDIGITAL TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION (1)
5,359,182 Wireless telephone debit card system and method 216 1992
 
Teledebit, L.P. (1)
5,469,497 Networked interactive call management subsystems with prevention of simultaneous use of a single account number 146 1994
 
Other [Check patent profile for assignment information] (2)
5,428,353 Road use charging apparatus 10 1993
5,602,742 Postage metering system 57 1995

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HEWLETT-PACKARD DEVELOPMENT COMPANY, L.P. (1)
7,376,630 Postage franking system, device and method 19 2002