Patent Number: 7,131,572

Title: Automatic business reply mail funding

Abstract: A method for enabling a mailer to infer the amount of business reply that he/she is going to receive on a given day and determine the amount of postage that is due. The foregoing is accomplished by placing a planet code that references the mailer's permit number on the business reply so that when a scanner at the USPS reads the planet code, the postage for the business reply will be calculated, and the mailer will be notified of the calculation so that the mailer may deposit sufficient funds in a deposit account to pay for the postage. The mailer may deposit funds in the account by issuing a check, having funds automatically transferred from some account, or automatically having a check issued so that someone may take the check to the USPS and receive the business reply. Thus, the mailer will be able to determine the amount of postage that is going to be charged to his/her account.

Inventors: Miller; Kenneth G. (Bethel, CT), Winkelman; John H. (Southbury, CT), Konstance; Suzanne (Old Greenwich, CT), McNab; Cornelius S. (Cambridge, MA)

Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.

International Classification: G06F 17/00 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 2019-11-07 0:00:00