Patent Number: 7,711,650

Title: System and method for validating postage

Abstract: Systems and methods for dispensing postage or other authorization information electronically by using a secure processor containing an amount of preauthorized postage which can be applied to any piece of mail or other item are shown. The generated postage as applied to an item is preferably scanned and decoded toward the goal of validation of the pre-paid rights or obligation to pay to send the article of mail. A plurality of criteria and checks may be used to accomplish validation. For example, the fact that the indicia can be decoded gives a basic comfort level of validation and a check against a central user database for validation criteria provides for validation according to embodiments.

Inventors: Kara; Salim G. (Thornhill, CA)

Assignee: Stamps.com Inc.

International Classification: G06Q 99/00 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 5/04/12018