Pitney Bowes, Stamps.com Settle Patent Lawsuits

Share this article:
Mail metering company Pitney Bowes Inc., Stamford, CT, and Web postage service company Stamps.com Inc., Santa Monica, CA, late Monday announced a settlement regarding their patent infringement litigation that involved technology patents for buying and printing postage via the Internet.


The companies said the settlement includes a five-year patent cross-licensing agreement. Pitney's patent licenses may be used in all metering applications while Stamps.com's patent licenses may be used in non-traditional metering applications, including Internet postage.


There will be no financial payment between the companies.


Pitney sued Stamps.com in June 1999, claiming infringement of patents covering key processes for shipping and tracking packages and mail.


Stamps.com filed its own lawsuit against Pitney in June 2001, claiming infringement of patents held by Salim Kara, the founder of E-Stamp Corp., whose assets Stamps.com purchased.


Share this article:

Sign up to our newsletters

Follow us on Twitter @dmnews

Latest Jobs:

More in Direct Mail

Ricoh Strikes a Blow for Multichannel on a Small Scale

Ricoh Strikes a Blow for Multichannel on a ...

The company introduces a creative service to help print shops augment direct mail with email and pURL landing pages.

Delivered: Insurance Mailers

Delivered: Insurance Mailers

What's in our mailbox this month: Insurance mailers. See which ones cover all their bases—and which ones, not so much.

Marketing Challenge: Defending Direct

Marketing Challenge: Defending Direct

The new CEO wants to cut direct mail because of postal increases—even though DM is great for ROI. What would you do? Email your answers to ginger.conlon@dmnews.com by June 30 ...