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1. (WO2001035347) PROVIDING STAMPS ON SECURE PAPER USING A COMMUNICATIONS NETWORK

Pub. No.:    WO/2001/035347    International Application No.:    PCT/US2000/030711
Publication Date: Fri May 18 01:59:59 CEST 2001 International Filing Date: Wed Nov 08 00:59:59 CET 2000
IPC: B41J 11/42
G06Q 20/00
G07B 17/00
Applicants: NEOPOST INC.
LEON, J., P.
BROWN, L., Carlton, Jr.
Inventors: LEON, J., P.
BROWN, L., Carlton, Jr.
Title: PROVIDING STAMPS ON SECURE PAPER USING A COMMUNICATIONS NETWORK
Abstract:
A technique for printing postage and other value indicia at a user location. A user at a user computer acquires secure postage labels having one or more security features such as serrated edges, a microprint strip, a color fiber, taggants, a watermark, a hologram, or a fluorescent stripe. The labels have associated serial numbers, possibly at the sheet or individual label level. The user establishes communication with a postage vendor system (PVS), which may include one or more servers, and requests one or more indicia. The user also provides one or more serial numbers for the label(s) or label sheet(s) on which the one or more indicia are to be printed. The PVS determines if the one or more serial numbers are valid, and if so, generates information for printing the one or more indicia and then sends the information to the user computer. The information preferably includes a digital signature for each indicium, which may incorporate the serial number. The user computer receives the information and prints the one or more indicia on one or more postage labels.