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1. WO2000039756 - INTEGRATED ELECTRONIC SCALE, AND A SYSTEM AND METHOD WHICH USES THE SCALE AUTOMATICALLY TO COMPUTE POSTAL/CARRIER RATES

Publication Number WO/2000/039756
Publication Date 06.07.2000
International Application No. PCT/US1999/031147
International Filing Date 30.12.1999
Chapter 2 Demand Filed 07.07.2000
IPC
G07B 17/00 2006.01
GPHYSICS
07CHECKING-DEVICES
BTICKET-ISSUING APPARATUS; TAXIMETERS; ARRANGEMENTS OR APPARATUS FOR COLLECTING FARES, TOLLS OR ENTRANCE FEES AT ONE OR MORE CONTROL POINTS;  FRANKING APPARATUS
17Franking apparatus
CPC
G06Q 30/0283
GPHYSICS
06COMPUTING; CALCULATING; COUNTING
QDATA PROCESSING SYSTEMS OR METHODS, SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR ADMINISTRATIVE, COMMERCIAL, FINANCIAL, MANAGERIAL, SUPERVISORY OR FORECASTING PURPOSES; SYSTEMS OR METHODS SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR ADMINISTRATIVE, COMMERCIAL, FINANCIAL, MANAGERIAL, SUPERVISORY OR FORECASTING PURPOSES, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
30Commerce, e.g. shopping or e-commerce
02Marketing, e.g. market research and analysis, surveying, promotions, advertising, buyer profiling, customer management or rewards; Price estimation or determination
0283Price estimation or determination
G07B 17/00362
GPHYSICS
07CHECKING-DEVICES
BTICKET-ISSUING APPARATUS; FARE-REGISTERING APPARATUS; FRANKING APPARATUS
17Franking apparatus
00185Details internally of apparatus in a franking system, e.g. franking machine at customer or apparatus at post office
00362Calculation or computing within apparatus, e.g. calculation of postage value
G07B 17/00661
GPHYSICS
07CHECKING-DEVICES
BTICKET-ISSUING APPARATUS; FARE-REGISTERING APPARATUS; FRANKING APPARATUS
17Franking apparatus
00459Details relating to mailpieces in a franking system
00661Sensing or measuring mailpieces
G07B 2017/00233
GPHYSICS
07CHECKING-DEVICES
BTICKET-ISSUING APPARATUS; FARE-REGISTERING APPARATUS; FRANKING APPARATUS
17Franking apparatus
00185Details internally of apparatus in a franking system, e.g. franking machine at customer or apparatus at post office
00193Constructional details of apparatus in a franking system
00233Housing, e.g. lock or hardened casing
G07B 2017/0037
GPHYSICS
07CHECKING-DEVICES
BTICKET-ISSUING APPARATUS; FARE-REGISTERING APPARATUS; FRANKING APPARATUS
17Franking apparatus
00185Details internally of apparatus in a franking system, e.g. franking machine at customer or apparatus at post office
00362Calculation or computing within apparatus, e.g. calculation of postage value
0037Calculation of postage value
G07B 2017/00379
GPHYSICS
07CHECKING-DEVICES
BTICKET-ISSUING APPARATUS; FARE-REGISTERING APPARATUS; FRANKING APPARATUS
17Franking apparatus
00185Details internally of apparatus in a franking system, e.g. franking machine at customer or apparatus at post office
00362Calculation or computing within apparatus, e.g. calculation of postage value
00379Calculation of different sending options for a mail piece
Applicants
  • VAGHI, Nino, Richard [US/US]; US
Inventors
  • VAGHI, Nino, Richard; US
Agents
  • WHITHAM, Michael, E.; Whitham, Curtis & Whitham Suite 900 11800 Sunrise Valley Drive Reston, VA 20191, US
Priority Data
09/223,17230.12.1998US
Publication Language English (EN)
Filing Language English (EN)
Designated States
Title
(EN) INTEGRATED ELECTRONIC SCALE, AND A SYSTEM AND METHOD WHICH USES THE SCALE AUTOMATICALLY TO COMPUTE POSTAL/CARRIER RATES
(FR) BALANCE ELECTRONIQUE INTEGREE ET SYSTEME ET PROCEDE L'UTILISANT POUR LE CALCUL AUTOMATIQUE DES TARIFS D'AFFRANCHISSEMENT
Abstract
(EN)
An electronic scale (1, 11, 19, 20) integrally formed within the housing of a piece of office equipment (3, 42, 83, 110) thereby increasing the user's work space in a home or business environment. The piece of equipment (3, 42, 83, 110) may be a personal computer (110) or one of its peripheral devices (3, 42, 83). A mailing system using one or more interactive screens (600, 610, 620, 630, 640) and the electronic scale (1, 11, 19, 20) automatically computes postale and/or private carrier rates (540) for items of mail based on weight signals derived from the electronic scale (1, 11, 19, 20).
(FR)
L'invention porte sur une balance électronique (1, 11, 19, 20) partie intégrante d'un meuble (3, 42, 83, 110) de bureau et augmentant l'espace de travail de l'utilisateur à la maison ou au bureau. Le meuble (3, 42, 83, 110) peut être un PC (110) ou l'un de ses périphériques (3, 42, 83). L'invention porte également sur un système de postage utilisant un ou plusieurs écrans (600, 610, 620, 630, 640) interactifs ainsi que la balance (1, 11, 19, 20), et qui calcule automatiquement les tarifs (540) des services postaux publics ou privés pour les différents envois postaux en fonction des signaux de poids émis par la balance (1, 11, 19, 20).
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