Patent Number: 7,085,811

Title: Sender elected messaging services

Abstract: A method that enables the recipient to receive notification of the letters, flats and/or packages (mail) that the recipient is going to receive prior to the delivery of the mail. The recipient is then able to inform a post or courier, e.g., Federal Express.RTM., Airborne.RTM., United Parcel Service.RTM., DHL.RTM., etc., of the manner in which the recipient would like the mail delivered if the sender elects to permit the recipient to divert the mail. The post and courier hereinafter will be referred to as "carrier". For instance, the recipient may want the mail physically delivered to their house faster or slower, or the mail physically redirected to the recipient's temporary address, or physically delivered to the recipient's agent, or physically delivered to the recipient's attorney, or physically returned to the mailer, or have the carrier open the physical mail and have the post e-mail or fax the contents of the envelope to the recipient and/or parties designated by the recipient.

Inventors: Sansone; Ronald P. (Weston, CT), Cordery; Robert A. (Danbury, CT), Mackay; Donald G. (Roxbury, CT)

Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.

International Classification: G06F 15/16 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 8/01/02018