System and method for restrictively authorizing reprinting of mail pieces having postage indicia

  • US 6,687,684 B1
  • Filed: 06/10/1999
  • Issued: 02/03/2004
  • Est. Priority Date: 06/10/1999
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. A computer implemented method to enable a user to reprint a postage indicia at a client computer, comprising:

  • generating a postage indicia;

    printing a mail piece with said indicia thereon;

    upon user determination of a mail piece print failure, sending a reprint request to an authorizing authority at a remote location;

    upon receiving a reprint authorization from the authorizing authority, enabling the user to print a replacement mail piece with the postage indicia; and

    preventing reprinting of the mail piece when a reprint authorization is not received from the authorizing authority;

    wherein the reprint authorization from the authorizing authority is denied when, upon evaluation of the reprint request by the authorizing authority, the reprint request is determined to not satisfy at least one of a plurality of criteria, the plurality of criteria including an account verification criterion and a reprint limit criterion, the reprint limit criterion comprising a limit on reprint requests to be authorized for an account associated with the user during a predefined time period.

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