EP2170532B2 - Method for processing postal items using virtual identification of the items with re-addressing - Google Patents

Method for processing postal items using virtual identification of the items with re-addressing Download PDF

Info

Publication number
EP2170532B2
EP2170532B2 EP20080806011 EP08806011A EP2170532B2 EP 2170532 B2 EP2170532 B2 EP 2170532B2 EP 20080806011 EP20080806011 EP 20080806011 EP 08806011 A EP08806011 A EP 08806011A EP 2170532 B2 EP2170532 B2 EP 2170532B2
Authority
EP
Grant status
Grant
Patent type
Prior art keywords
mailpiece
address
mark
ocr
image
Prior art date
Legal status (The legal status is an assumption and is not a legal conclusion. Google has not performed a legal analysis and makes no representation as to the accuracy of the status listed.)
Active
Application number
EP20080806011
Other languages
German (de)
French (fr)
Other versions
EP2170532B1 (en )
EP2170532A2 (en )
Inventor
Christophe Caillon
Current Assignee (The listed assignees may be inaccurate. Google has not performed a legal analysis and makes no representation or warranty as to the accuracy of the list.)
Solystic SAS
Original Assignee
Solystic SAS
Priority date (The priority date is an assumption and is not a legal conclusion. Google has not performed a legal analysis and makes no representation as to the accuracy of the date listed.)
Filing date
Publication date
Grant date
Family has litigation

Links

Images

Classifications

    • BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
    • B07SEPARATING SOLIDS FROM SOLIDS; SORTING
    • B07CPOSTAL SORTING; SORTING INDIVIDUAL ARTICLES, OR BULK MATERIAL FIT TO BE SORTED PIECE-MEAL, e.g. BY PICKING
    • B07C3/00Sorting according to destination
    • B07C3/18Devices or arrangements for indicating destination, e.g. by code marks

Description

  • L'invention porte sur un procédé de traitement d'envois postaux dans lequel on forme une image numérique d'une surface d'un envoi courant pour reconnaître par OCR une adresse postale de destinataire pour cet envoi et si on détermine que ladite adresse de destinataire reconnue correspond à une adresse de destinataire incorrecte on appose sur ladite surface de l'envoi courant une adresse de redirection. Disclosed is a method for processing mailpieces in which a digital image is formed of a surface of a current mailpiece for recognizing by OCR a mail address recipient for this transmission and if it is determined that said destination address recognized corresponds to an incorrect recipient address is affixed on said surface of the current mailpiece a redirection address.
  • Un tel procédé de traitement d'envois postaux avec prise en compte des envois à rediriger est par exemple connu des documents de brevet Such a method of processing mail with consideration of shipments to redirect is known, for example patent documents WO2005/049232 WO2005 / 049232 , , EP0949014 EP0949014 et and EP0500180 EP0500180 ainsi que as well as US-5422821 US 5422821 . . La prise en compte des envois à rediriger est plus connue sous le nom de « réadressage ». The inclusion of shipments to redirect is better known under the name of "relocation". Sur un lot d'envois à traiter dans une machine de tri, la redirection d'envois concerne généralement une fraction de ce lot, de l'ordre de quelques pourcents d'envois. On a batch of postal items to be processed in a sorting machine, the redirection of items relates generally to a fraction of this batch, of the order of several percent of shipments. Un envoi peut être en « réadressage » à la suite d'un changement d'adresse du destinataire de l'envoi. A consignment may be "relocation" following a recipient's change of address of the shipment. Le processus de réadressage est enclenché pour un destinataire lorsque celui-ci en fait la demande auprès de l'Opérateur Postal chargé du tri-distribution. The relocation process has started for a recipient when it makes a request to the postal operator in charge of the tri-distribution.
  • Un processus de tri classique se déroule de la manière suivante. A conventional sorting process is as follows. On passe une première fois en machine un lot d'envois pour reconnaître par OCR les adresses des destinataires et on dirige chaque envoi vers une sortie de tri de la machine. a first one pass through the machine a lot of items for recognizing by OCR the recipient addresses and directing each item towards a sorting machine output. On affecte en même temps à chaque envoi un numéro d'identification unique qui est apposé sur la surface de l'envoi sous la forme d'un code à barres. same time assigning to each item a unique identification number that is stamped on the surface of the shipment in the form of a bar code. Lors de la seconde passe de tri de chaque envoi sur la même machine de tri ou sur une autre machine de tri, on relit ce code à barres pour récupérer l'adresse de destinataire pour l'envoi de façon à diriger l'envoi vers la sortie de tri correspondante de la machine. During the second sorting pass each shipment on the same sorting machine or on another sorting machine, it reads this bar code to retrieve the recipient address for sending to direct sending to the corresponding sorting outlet of the machine. Si maintenant l'envoi comporte une adresse de destinataire incorrecte, du fait par exemple d'un changement d'adresse du destinataire qui a été signalé à l'Opérateur Postal, on applique lors de la première passe de tri un traitement qui consiste d'abord à détecter lors de la première passe de tri que l'adresse de destinataire reconnue par OCR est une adresse incorrecte (par balayage d'une liste d'adresses incorrectes prédéterminées maintenue par l'Opérateur Postal et stockée en machine) et à apposer sur la surface de l'envoi ( par exemple à l'aide d'une impression sur étiquette) une adresse de redirection (qui est récupérée de la liste d'adresses ci-dessus ou à partir de celle-ci). If now sending has an incorrect recipient address, for example because of a recipient's address change was reported to the postal operator is applied during the first sorting pass a treatment that consists of first detecting during the first sorting pass that the recipient address recognized by OCR is an invalid address (by scanning a list of predetermined incorrect addresses maintained by the postal operator and stored in machine) and to be affixed to the surface of the transmission (e.g., using a print on label) a redirect address (which is retrieved from the address list above or from thereof). Lors de la seconde passe de tri de cet envoi à rediriger, on relit le code à barres sur la surface de l'envoi pour récupérer le numéro d'identification de l'envoi, lequel numéro sert d'index pour récupérer l'adresse de redirection dans une base de données de façon à diriger l'envoi vers la sortie de tri adéquate. During the second sorting pass this shipment redirect, one reads the bar code on the surface of the shipment to retrieve the identification number of the item, which number serves as an index to retrieve the address of redirection in a database so as to direct the transmission to the appropriate sorting outlet.
  • Par ailleurs, on connaît une technique d'identification virtuelle des envois consistant à dériver des images des envois, des signatures numériques respectives servant d'identificateurs uniques pour les envois. Moreover, it is known a technique virtual identification of shipments of deriving images of the items, respective digital signatures serving as unique identifiers for shipments. Selon cette technique, lors d'une première passe de tri d'un envoi, à partir de l'image de la surface de l'envoi comportant l'adresse postale de destination de l'envoi, on dérive une signature numérique (une sorte d'empreinte graphique) qui comprend une première composante dite « composante image » représentative de caractéristiques physiques de l'image numérique de l'envoi et une seconde composante dite « composante postale » indicative au moins de la position spatiale du bloc d'adresse de destinataire présent dans l'image de l'envoi. According to this technique, during a first sorting pass of a shipment, from the image of the surface of the mailpiece with the address of destination of the item, a digital signature is derived (a kind graphic mark) which comprises a first said component "image component" representative of physical characteristics of the digital image of the mailpiece and a second component called "postal component" indicative at least of the spatial position of the address block recipient present in the image of the shipment. Ces deux composantes ne doivent pas être corrélées l'une par rapport à l'autre. These two components should not be correlated with respect to the other. En particulier, la composante image est formée par des attributs dit « globaux » qui sont représentatifs de caractéristiques physiques globales prises sur l'ensemble des points de l'image numérique de l'envoi. In particular, the component image is formed by "global" attributes that are representative of said overall physical characteristics taken from all the points of the digital image of the mailpiece. La composante image est formée encore de seconds attributs dits « locaux » qui sont représentatifs de caractéristiques physiques locales prises sur des parties distinctes d'un quadrillage de l'image de l'envoi (ou de plusieurs quadrillages différents). The image component is formed yet second said attributes "local" which are representative of local physical characteristics taken from distinct portions of a grid of the image sending (or more different grids).
  • Cette signature numérique est utilisée comme index pour la récupération dans une base de données des informations d'adresse reconnues par OCR. This digital signature is used as an index for retrieving a database of address information recognized by OCR. Lors d'une seconde passe de tri du même envoi, on forme de nouveau une image de la surface de l'envoi pour dériver une signature courante qui est comparée à des signatures candidates enregistrées lors de la première passe de tri des envois. In a second sorting pass the same shipment, we shape a new image of the surface of the item to derive a current signature that is compared to the candidate signatures recorded in the first sorting pass of shipments. Si on détecte une coïncidence entre cette signature courante et une signature candidate, on peut donc récupérer dans la base de données lesdites informations d'adresse pour diriger l'envoi vers la sortie de tri adéquate. If it detects a match between the current signature and a candidate signature, so can be recovered from the base of said address information data to direct the transmission to the appropriate sorting outlet. Cette technologie apporte comme avantage notamment une baisse des coûts d'exploitation d'une machine de tri postal en supprimant les lecteurs de code à barres comme décrit dans le document de brevet français This technology provides the advantage including lower operating costs of a postal sorting machine by removing the barcode reader as described in French patent document FR-2841673 FR-2841673 . .
  • Mais en pratique, cette technique d'identification virtuelle des envois ne peut pas être exploitée directement en présence d'envois à rediriger du fait qu'entre deux passes de tri, la surface de ces envois à rediriger doit être modifiée par l'apposition d'une adresse de redirection qui rend possible la distribution des envois dans une tournée du facteur. But in practice, this shipment of virtual identification technology can not be exploited directly in the presence of shipments to redirect that between two sorting passes, the surface of these shipments to redirect must be modified by affixing a forwarding address that makes possible the delivery of items in a postman's walk.
  • Le but de l'invention est donc de proposer un procédé de traitement d'envois postaux dans lequel on prend en compte les envois à rediriger mais aussi dans lequel on exploite une technologie d'identification virtuelle des envois. The object of the invention is therefore to provide a method for processing mailpieces in which we take into account shipments to redirect but also in which operates a virtual identification technology shipments.
  • A cet effet, l'invention a pour objet un procédé de traitement d'envois postaux dans lequel on forme une image numérique d'une surface d'un envoi courant pour reconnaître par OCR une adresse postale de destinataire pour cet envoi et si on détermine que ladite adresse de destinataire reconnue correspond à une adresse de destinataire incorrecte on appose sur ladite surface de l'envoi courant une adresse de redirection, caractérisé en ce qu'on appose sur la surface de l'envoi courant, en plus de ladite adresse de redirection, une marque détectable par OCR, cette marque étant indicative que l'envoi courant porte une adresse de redirection et cette marque constituant aussi un index pour la récupération de ladite adresse de redirection dans une base de données, le procédé comprenant en outre les étapes suivantes : To this end, the invention relates to a method for processing mailpieces in which a digital image is formed of a surface of a current mailpiece for recognizing by OCR a mail address recipient for this transmission and it is determined whether that said recognized recipient address corresponds to an incorrect recipient address is affixed on said surface of the current mailpiece a redirection address, characterized in that affixes to the surface of the current mailpiece, in addition to said address redirection, a detectable label by OCR, said mark being indicative that the current mailpiece bears a forwarding address and mark this also constituting an index for retrieving said forwarding address from a database, the method further comprising the steps following:
  1. a) rechercher, en utilisant le traitement OCR, la présence dans l'image de ladite marque, a) search using the OCR processing, the presence in the image of said mark,
  2. b) en réponse à la détection que ladite marque n'est pas présente dans ladite image et que ladite adresse postale reconnue n'est pas une adresse de destinataire incorrecte, dériver de l'image une signature numérique courante servant d'identifiant unique pour ledit envoi courant dans la base de données et balayer des signatures numériques candidates stockées dans la base de données pour détecter une concordance avec une signature candidate, b) in response to detecting said mark is not present in said image and said known mailing address is not an incorrect recipient address, derived from the current image a digital signature using a unique identifier for said current item in the database and sweep candidate digital signatures stored in the database to detect a match with a candidate signature,
    et si une concordance est détectée, récupérer dans la base de données des données d'adresse de destinataire enregistrées en correspondance avec la signature candidate concordante pour diriger l'envoi courant vers une sortie de tri adéquate, and if a match is detected, retrieving from the database of the recipient address data stored in correspondence with the matching candidate signature for directing the transmission of current to an appropriate sorting outlet,
    et si on ne détecte pas de concordance, enregistrer ladite signature courante en correspondance avec les données de l'adresse de destinataire reconnue par OCR dans la base de données, and if it does not detect a match, recording said current signature in correspondence with the destination address of the data recognized by OCR in the database,
  3. c) en réponse à la détection que ladite marque n'est pas présente dans ladite image et que ladite adresse de destinataire reconnue est une adresse de destinataire incorrecte, générer un numéro d'identification unique pour l'envoi et apposer à la surface de l'envoi courant une adresse de redirection avec la marque incluant ledit numéro d'identification unique d'envoi, c) in response to detecting said mark is not present in said image and that said recognized recipient address is an invalid recipient address, generating a unique identification number for sending and affixed to the surface of the sending a redirect current address with the brand including said number of sending unique identification,
  4. d) en réponse à la détection que ladite marque est présente dans ladite image, extraire par OCR dans l'image le numéro d'identification d'envoi et récupérer par association dans la base de données des données d'adresse de destinataire pour diriger l'envoi vers une sortie de tri adéquate. d) in response to detecting said mark is present in said image, extracted by OCR in the image the sending identification number and retrieve by association in the database of the recipient address data for directing sending to an appropriate sorting outlet.
  • Selon une particularité du procédé selon l'invention, on peut apposer ladite marque sous la forme d'un symbole prédéterminé reconnaissable par OCR qui est juxtaposé à un numéro d'identification également reconnaissable par OCR. According to a feature of the method according to the invention, said mark may be affixed in the form of a predetermined symbol recognizable by OCR which is juxtaposed to an equally recognizable identification number by OCR. Ce numéro d'identification peut être apposé sous la forme d'un nombre en hexadécimal. This identification number can be affixed as a number in hexadecimal.
  • Le procédé selon l'invention comporte en outre dans l'étape de recherche dans ladite image de l'envoi de la présence d'une marque, la recherche d'un premier symbole indicatif que l'envoi est un envoi en réadressage ou d'un second symbole indicatif que l'envoi est du type «courrier réponse BRM» et différent du premier symbole, cette marque étant formée d'un symbole reconnaissable par OCR juxtaposé à un numéro d'identification d'envoi également reconnaissable par OCR. The method of the invention further comprises in the step of searching in said image of the mailpiece for the presence of a mark, the mark indicative of a first symbol that is a sending in Forwarding or a second symbol indicative that the transmission is of the type "BRM reply mail" and different from the first symbol, said mark being formed of a recognizable symbol OCR juxtaposed with an identification number also sending recognizable by OCR.
  • Un exemple de mise en oeuvre du procédé selon l'invention est décrit plus en détail ci-après et illustré par la figure unique sous la forme d'un organigramme. An example of implementation of the method according to the invention is described in more detail below and illustrated in the single figure in the form of a flowchart. Cette description n'est donnée qu'à titre d'exemple indicatif et nullement limitatif de l'invention. This description is given only by way of indication and in no way limit the invention.
  • Sur la figure, on a représenté de façon très simplifiée par un organigramme sous forme d'un schéma blocs, les différentes étapes du procédé selon l'invention. In the figure, in a very simplified way is shown by a flowchart in the form of a block diagram, the various steps of the method according to the invention.
  • Par ailleurs, on a illustré la surface d'un envoi 1 comportant un bloc d'adresse destinataire avec une adresse destinataire Ad incorrecte du fait par exemple d'un changement d'adresse. Furthermore, there is illustrated the surface of an item 1 having a destination address block with incorrect recipient address Ad for example because of a change of address. On a illustré aussi la surface de l'envoi 1 sur laquelle on a apposé une adresse de redirection AdR, ici dans le pied de l'envoi sous le bloc d'adresse destinataire Ad. a redirection address AdR were also shown the surface of the mailpiece 1 on which is affixed, here in the side of the transmission in the Ad recipient address block.
  • Comme visible sur la figure, cette adresse de redirection AdR est juxtaposée à une marque M qui est à la fois indicative du fait que cet envoi fait l'objet d'une redirection mais également qui constitue un index pour la récupération de cette adresse de redirection dans une base de données. As shown in the figure, this AdR forwarding address is juxtaposed with a mark M that is both indicative that this shipment is the subject of a redirect but also constitutes an index for retrieving the forwarding address in a database. La marque M est constituée dans le cas d'exemple d'un numéro 123456Ab en caractères alphanumériques, ici plus précisément un nombre hexadécimal (base hexadécimale 0123456789AbCdEF dans laquelle les caractères « b » et « d » sont utilisés à la place des caractères « B » et « D » pour faciliter une reconnaissance par OCR), et d'un symbole prédéterminé et reconnaissable par OCR (ici le symbole « ** ») qui est disposé de part et d'autre du nombre hexadécimal. The M mark is made in the example case of a 123456AB number in alphanumeric characters, here specifically a hexadecimal number (hexadecimal 0123456789abcdef in which the characters "b" and "d" are used instead of the characters "B "and" D "to facilitate recognition by OCR), and a predetermined symbol recognizable by OCR (here the symbol" ** ") disposed on either side of the hexadecimal number. Ce même symbole « ** » peut encadrer aussi l'adresse de redirection indiquée par « Adresse Red » comme visible sur la figure ce qui permet de faciliter la reconnaissance par OCR de la marque M. This symbol "**" can also frame the forwarding address indicated by "Red Address" as shown in the figure which facilitates the OCR recognition of the brand Mr.
  • Avec le procédé selon l'invention, quand l'envoi 1 est présenté en entrée d'une machine de tri postal (non représentée) lors d'une première passe de tri, on forme dans l'étape 10 une image de la surface de l'envoi comportant le bloc d'adresse destinataire Ad et on applique un traitement OCR pour reconnaître automatiquement l'adresse de destinataire. With the method according to the invention, when the transmission 1 is brought to the input of a postal sorting machine (not shown) during a first sorting pass, is formed in step 10 an image of the surface of the transmission comprising the recipient address block Ad and applying OCR processing to automatically recognize the destination address. Ce traitement OCR est par ailleurs agencé pour rechercher dans l'étape 11 la présence dans l'image d'une marque telle que M reconnaissable par la présence du symbole « ** » par exemple. This OCR processing is further arranged to search in step 11 the presence in the image of a mark M as recognizable by the presence of the symbol "**" for example.
  • Si la présence de la marque M n'est pas détectée à l'étape 12, le processus se poursuit à l'étape 13. Si la présence de la marque M est détectée, on extrait par OCR le numéro d'identification Id du pli comme décrit plus loin. If the presence of the mark M is not detected in step 12, the process continues to step 13. If the presence of the mark M is detected, is extracted by OCR the identification number of the bend Id as described below.
  • Dans l'étape 13, on compare l'adresse de destinataire reconnue à l'étape 11 avec des adresses de destinataires incorrectes maintenues dans une liste d'adresses incorrectes 2. Cette liste 2 est préalablement chargée en mémoire dans la machine de tri. In step 13, it compares the destination address recognized in step 11 with incorrect recipient addresses maintained in a list of incorrect addresses 2. This list 2 is previously loaded in memory in the sorting machine. On a représenté de façon simplifiée cette liste 2 avec des enregistrements comportant deux champs, l'un, Adl, dans lequel est stockée une adresse de destinataire incorrecte et l'autre, AdR, dans lequel est stockée une adresse de redirection associée à cette adresse incorrecte. schematically shows this list with two records having two fields, one, Adl, wherein is stored an incorrect destination address and the other AdR, wherein is stored a forwarding address associated with this address incorrect.
  • Si dans l'étape 13, on a détecté que l'adresse de destinataire reconnue par OCR est une adresse incorrecte, on génère dans l'étape 14 un numéro d'identification unique pour l'envoi, par exemple un numéro sur 32 bits, et on appose sur la surface de l'envoi l'adresse de redirection AdR qui correspond à cette adresse dans la liste 2 avec la marque M comme indiquée plus haut en relation avec l'envoi 1. La marque M est donc constituée du symbole « ** » et du numéro d'identification unique de 32 bits codé en hexadécimal. If in step 13, it is detected that the recipient address recognized by OCR is an invalid address is generated in step 14 a unique identification number for the shipment, for example a 32 bit number, and is affixed to the surface of sending AdR forwarding address that matches the address on the list with 2 million mark as indicated above in connection with the shipment 1. the M mark is made up of the symbol " ** "and the unique identification number of 32-bit encoded in hexadecimal. Dans la figure, l'adresse de redirection AdR et la marque d'identification de redirection M sont imprimées en pied de l'envoi. In the figure, AdR forwarding address and M redirection identification mark is printed at the foot of the shipment. La position exacte de cette information peut dépendre du type de machine utilisée. The exact position of this information may depend on the type of machine used. Selon les caractéristiques de la machine de tri, il est également possible d'apposer au préalable une étiquette recevant l'adresse AdR et la marque M. According to the characteristics of the sorting machine, it is also possible to affix a label previously receiving the address AdR and brand Mr.
  • Si dans l'étape 13, on n'a pas détecté que l'adresse de destinataire reconnue par OCR est une adresse incorrecte dans la liste 2, dans l'étape 15 on dérive de l'image de l'envoi une signature numérique comme indiqué plus haut. If in step 13, it is not detected that the recipient address recognized by OCR is an incorrect address in the list 2, in step 15 the image is derived sending a digital signature as indicated above. On balaie ensuite une base de données BD dans laquelle sont stockées des signatures candidates V-id (des signatures d'envois formées lors d'une première passe de tri). a database BD then sweeps in which are stored V-id candidate signatures (of consignments signatures formed during a first sorting pass). Si on détecte une concordance avec une signature candidate de la liste, on récupère dans la base de données BD les données D d'adresse du destinataire enregistrées en correspondance avec la signature concordante V-id pour diriger l'envoi vers la sortie de tri adéquate T. Si on ne détecte pas de concordance avec une signature candidate, c'est que l'envoi effectue une première passe de tri et dans ce cas on enregistre la signature courante V-id en correspondance avec les données D de l'adresse de destinataire reconnue par OCR dans la base de données BD. If it detects a match with a signature of the candidate list is recovered in the database BD the recipient address D data recorded in correspondence to the signature concurring V-id to direct the transmission to the appropriate sorting outlet T. If it does not detect a match with a candidate signature is that sending performs a first sorting pass and in this case it records the current signature V-id corresponding to the data D of the address of recipient recognized by OCR in the database BD. Cette signature V-id se voit attribuer un numéro d'identification unique servant d'index pour la récupération des données D dans la base de données BD. This signature V-id is assigned a unique identification number serving as an index for retrieving the data D in the database BD.
  • Si dans l'étape 12, on a détecté dans l'image de l'envoi la présence de la marque M et lu par OCR le numéro d'identification du pli, dans l'étape 16 on récupère par association dans la base BD les données D d'adresse de destinataire et on dirige l'envoi vers la sortie de tri adéquate T. La signature courante de l'envoi est également enregistrée dans la base de données avec le numéro d'identification Id lu pour pouvoir être utilisée lors de la prochaine passe de tri au cas où la lecture du numéro d'identification de la marque M échoue à l'étape 12 pour la prochaine passe de tri. If in step 12, it is detected in the image of the transmission the presence of the mark M and read by OCR the bend identification number in step 16 is recovered by association in the database BD data D destination address and directing sending to the appropriate sorting outlet T. the current signature of the shipment is also stored in the database with the identification number Id read to be used when if the next sorting run in which the reading of the identification number of the mark M fails in step 12 for the next sorting run.
  • L'apposition d'une marque telle que M sur la surface de l'envoi selon le procédé de l'invention peut également être exploitée pour le traitement du courrier réponse non affranchi connu sous le nom de «BRM (Business Reply Mail) » et en particulier pour la comptabilisation des valeurs d'affranchissement des courriers réponse. The affixing of a mark such as M on the surface of the mailpiece by the method of the invention may also be exploited for the treatment of non-prepaid reply mail known under the name of "BRM (Business Reply Mail)" and particularly in accounting for postage mail response values.
  • Le courrier réponse se caractérise par des enveloppes généralement toutes identiques fournies par des sociétés émettrices à des clients potentiels lors d'un envoi en nombre pour que les usagers intéressés retournent une réponse, typiquement un formulaire, un bon de commande, une participation à un concours, etc..., dans l'enveloppe fournie. The reply mail is characterized by generally all identical envelopes provided by issuers to potential customers when sending number for interested users return a response, typically a form, a purchase order, participation in a contest etc ..., in the envelope provided. Le courrier réponse est reconnaissable par la présence du symbole « T » dans la zone du timbre en France. The mail response is recognizable by the presence of the symbol "T" in the stamp area in France. Le courrier réponse est non affranchi et l'affranchissement est facturé par l'Opérateur Postal (après la distribution postale) à la société émettrice du courrier réponse, en fonction du nombre comptabilisé de courrier réponse réellement distribués . The answer is no mail postage and postage is charged by the postal operator (after postal delivery) to the issuer of the reply mail, depending on the number of recorded actually distributed reply mail. Pour réaliser cette facturation, l'Opérateur Postal doit donc pouvoir compter précisément le nombre de courriers réponse relevant de chaque société émettrice sans toutefois compter plusieurs fois le même courrier réponse au cours de plusieurs passe de tri. To achieve this billing, the postal operator must be able to accurately count the number of mail response within each issuing company without counting several times the same mail response during several sorting pass.
  • Le traitement du courrier réponse est très similaire à celui du courrier en réadressage. The mail processing response is very similar to the mail forwarding. En première passe de tri d'un envoi, lors du traitement de reconnaissance d'adresse par OCR, on recherche donc la présence d'une marque telle que M dans l'image de la surface de l'envoi pour déterminer s'il s'agit d'un envoi du type courrier réponse BRM. In the first sorting pass of a shipment, during the processing of address recognition by OCR, therefore tested for the presence of a mark such as M in the image of the surface of the mailpiece to determine if s 'is a reply mail sending BRM type. Comme symbole reconnaissable par OCR pour le courrier réponse, on peut utiliser un symbole différent de celui du courrier en réadressage, par exemple le symbole « *** ». As a symbol recognizable by OCR for mail response, you can use a different symbol from that of mail forwarding, eg symbol "***".
  • Si la présence de cette marque n'est pas détectée, le traitement se poursuit par la recherche du symbole « T » représentatif du courrier réponse. If the presence of this mark is not detected, processing continues by looking for the "T" symbol representative of the reply mail. Si on détecte la présence de ce symbole, on génère un numéro d'identification unique pour l'envoi et on appose sur l'envoi ce numéro avec la marque indicative de courrier réponse. If it detects the presence of this symbol, it generates a unique ID number for sending and shall affix this number with the indicative brand reply mail. Si on ne détecte pas la présence du symbole « T », le traitement se poursuit par la génération d'une signature numérique qui est associée à l'envoi dans une base de d'index. If we do not detect the presence of the "T" symbol, processing continues with the generation of a digital signature that is associated with sending in a basic index.
  • Si par contre on détecte la présence dans l'image de l'envoi de la marque telle que M indicative que l'envoi est un courrier réponse ayant déjà subi une passe de tri, on relève le numéro d'identification d'envoi dans la marque M et on transmet à un système d'information central de l'Opérateur Postal un message contenant le numéro de l'envoi, l'adresse destinataire lu par OCR et l'heure de passage en machine de tri. If against by detecting the presence in the image of the transmission of the mark M as indicative that the transmission is a reply mail has already undergone a sorting pass, it raises the sending identification number in the M mark and is transmitted to a central information system of the postal operator a message containing the number of the shipment, the recipient address read by OCR and time of passage sorting machine. Cette information permettra à l'Opérateur Postal de comptabiliser le nombre de courriers réponse traités sur une certaine période de temps pour chaque société émettrice de courriers réponse. This information will allow the postal operator to count the number of processed mails response over a period of time for each issuer response letters.
  • Claims (4)

    1. A method of processing mailpieces, in which a digital image of a surface of a current mailpiece is formed (10) for the purpose of using OCR to recognize a recipient postal address for said current mailpiece, and, if it is determined that said recognized recipient address corresponds to an incorrect recipient address, a forwarding address is placed (14) on said surface of the current mailpiece, said method being characterized in that, in addition to placing said forwarding address on the surface of the current mailpiece, said method further comprises placing an OCR-detectable mark (M) on said surface of the current mailpiece, which mark indicates that the current mailpiece bears a forwarding address, and also constitutes an index for retrieving said forwarding address from a database (BD), the method further comprising the following steps :
      a) searching (11) the presence of said mark in the image by using OCR,
      b) in response to the detection (12, 13) that said mark is not present in said image and that said mail address which is recognized is not an incorrect recipient address, deriving (15) from the image a current digital signature serving as unique identifier for said current mailpiece in the database (BD) and scanning candidate digital signatures stored in the database to detect a match with a candidate signature,
      and if a match is detected, recovering in the database (BD) recipient address data recorded in correspondence with the candidate signature matching to direct current mailpiece toward an appropriate sorting output,
      and if a match is not detected, recording said current signature in correspondence with the recipient address data which is recognized by OCR in the database (BD),
      c) in response to the detection (12, 13) that said mark is not present in said image and that said recipient address which is recognized is an incorrect recipient address, generating (14) a unique identification number for the mailpiece and placing on the surface of the current mailpiece a forwarding address with the mark including said mailpiece unique identification number,
      d) in response to detection (12) that said mark is present in said image, extracting (16) via OCR the mailpiece identification number in the image and retrieving by association in the database (BD), recipient address data for directing the mailpiece toward an appropriate sorting outlet.
    2. A method according to claim 1, in which said mark is placed in the form of a predetermined OCR-recognizable symbol that is juxtaposed with an identification number that is also OCR-recognizable.
    3. A method according to claim 2, in which the identification number is placed in the form of a hexadecimal number.
    4. A method according to claim 1, further comprising a step of searching in said image of the mailpiece for the presence of a mark, the search of a first symbol indicating that the mailpiece is a mailpiece undergoing forwarding or a second symbol indicating that the mailpiece is of the "Business Reply Mail BRM" type and different from the first symbol, said mark being formed by an OCR-recognizable symbol juxtaposed with a mailpiece identification number that is also OCR-recognizable.
    EP20080806011 2007-06-26 2008-06-17 Method for processing postal items using virtual identification of the items with re-addressing Active EP2170532B2 (en)

    Priority Applications (2)

    Application Number Priority Date Filing Date Title
    FR0756025A FR2918199B1 (en) 2007-06-26 2007-06-26 Treatment Method for mailings exploiting the virtual identification of consignments with readdressing
    PCT/FR2008/051076 WO2009007560A3 (en) 2007-06-26 2008-06-17 Method for processing postal items using virtual identification of the items with re-addressing

    Publications (3)

    Publication Number Publication Date
    EP2170532A2 true EP2170532A2 (en) 2010-04-07
    EP2170532B1 EP2170532B1 (en) 2010-08-18
    EP2170532B2 true EP2170532B2 (en) 2013-09-04

    Family

    ID=39047904

    Family Applications (1)

    Application Number Title Priority Date Filing Date
    EP20080806011 Active EP2170532B2 (en) 2007-06-26 2008-06-17 Method for processing postal items using virtual identification of the items with re-addressing

    Country Status (10)

    Country Link
    US (1) US8047446B2 (en)
    EP (1) EP2170532B2 (en)
    JP (1) JP5110666B2 (en)
    CN (1) CN101687225B (en)
    CA (1) CA2691402C (en)
    DE (1) DE602008002262D1 (en)
    DK (1) DK2170532T4 (en)
    ES (1) ES2349075T5 (en)
    FR (1) FR2918199B1 (en)
    WO (1) WO2009007560A3 (en)

    Families Citing this family (7)

    * Cited by examiner, † Cited by third party
    Publication number Priority date Publication date Assignee Title
    US20110213491A1 (en) * 2007-08-17 2011-09-01 Lockheed Martin Corporation Systems and methods for mail forwarding and special handling services
    US20100100233A1 (en) * 2008-10-22 2010-04-22 Lockheed Martin Corporation Universal intelligent postal identification code
    US8526743B1 (en) 2010-11-01 2013-09-03 Raf Technology, Inc. Defined data patterns for object handling
    US9443298B2 (en) 2012-03-02 2016-09-13 Authentect, Inc. Digital fingerprinting object authentication and anti-counterfeiting system
    US8774455B2 (en) 2011-03-02 2014-07-08 Raf Technology, Inc. Document fingerprinting
    US9152862B2 (en) 2011-09-15 2015-10-06 Raf Technology, Inc. Object identification and inventory management
    US20170243232A1 (en) 2016-02-19 2017-08-24 Alitheon, Inc. Preserving a level of confidence of authenticity of an object

    Citations (26)

    * Cited by examiner, † Cited by third party
    Publication number Priority date Publication date Assignee Title
    US5422821A (en) 1992-04-06 1995-06-06 Electrocom Automation, L.P. Apparatus for intercepting and forwarding incorrectly addressed postal mail
    US5468945A (en) 1994-02-25 1995-11-21 Intermec Corporation Method and apparatus for locating and decoding a postnet forwarding bar code in a field of postnet bar codes
    US5586036A (en) 1994-07-05 1996-12-17 Pitney Bowes Inc. Postage payment system with security for sensitive mailer data and enhanced carrier data functionality
    DE19644249C1 (en) 1996-10-24 1998-04-23 Siemens Ag Method and device for the identification of shipments
    US5774554A (en) 1995-03-17 1998-06-30 Neopost Limited Postage meter system and verification of postage charges
    WO2000000300A1 (en) 1998-06-29 2000-01-06 Crisplant A/S A method and a system for processing postal items
    US20010010334A1 (en) 2000-01-27 2001-08-02 Park Moon Sung System for processing mail items and method thereof
    US20010012378A1 (en) 1997-11-26 2001-08-09 Dimitri Kanevsky Internet assisted mail
    US6292709B1 (en) 1996-10-24 2001-09-18 Siemens Aktiengesellschaft Method and device for online processing of forwarding mail
    US6311892B1 (en) 1997-08-12 2001-11-06 Bell & Howell Postal Systems, Inc. Automatic system for verifying articles containing indicia thereon
    DE10020566C2 (en) 2000-04-27 2002-11-14 Deutsche Post Ag A method for providing mailpieces with postage indicia,
    US20020194472A1 (en) 2001-05-25 2002-12-19 Lawson Alfred D. Encoding method
    US20030004893A1 (en) 2000-02-21 2003-01-02 Dietrich Blaesche System and method for the distribution of mail items
    EP1310917A2 (en) 2001-09-28 2003-05-14 Siemens Dematic AG Method of providing mail piece franking
    US20040049315A1 (en) 2002-09-10 2004-03-11 Pitney Bowes Incorporated Method for detecting and redirecting misdirected mail
    US20040059462A1 (en) 2002-09-20 2004-03-25 Norris Michael O. Hand held OCR apparatus and method
    US20050025240A1 (en) 2003-07-30 2005-02-03 Hui-Hua Kuo Method for performing predictive picture decoding
    US6888084B1 (en) 1999-09-30 2005-05-03 Siemens Aktiengesellschaft Method and device for sorting parcels
    US6901151B1 (en) 1998-08-13 2005-05-31 Siemens Aktiengesellschaft Method and device for processing mail to be returned to sender
    US20050137990A1 (en) 2001-10-09 2005-06-23 Boris Mayer Method for sending postal packets
    US20050234588A1 (en) 2004-04-07 2005-10-20 Solystic Method of delaying printing of an identity code on a mail item
    DE102004017042A1 (en) 2004-04-02 2005-10-27 Deutsche Post Ag A method for processing mailpieces
    US20050269395A1 (en) 2004-05-25 2005-12-08 Solystic Method of handling mail items with improved bar-code reading
    US20060253406A1 (en) 2004-02-18 2006-11-09 Christophe Caillon Method for sorting postal items in a plurality of sorting passes
    US20070038713A1 (en) 2005-07-29 2007-02-15 Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba Mail processing apparatus, mail processing system, and mail processing method
    US20070135963A1 (en) 2005-12-12 2007-06-14 Fogel Thomas C System and method for processing returned mail

    Family Cites Families (11)

    * Cited by examiner, † Cited by third party
    Publication number Priority date Publication date Assignee Title
    NL9100300A (en) 1991-02-20 1992-09-16 Nederland Ptt Mail routing system.
    DE69422384D1 (en) 1994-03-17 2000-02-03 Electrocom Automation Lp Apparatus for collecting and forwarding of incorrectly addressed mailpieces
    ES2156281T3 (en) 1995-07-04 2001-06-16 Ilias Tsamourgelis A method of distribution of correspondence and related within a country and abroad by using post numbers (n) objects.
    US7081971B2 (en) * 2001-05-23 2006-07-25 Pitney Bowes Inc. System and method for printing on mailpieces using a fixed print head
    US20040065598A1 (en) * 2002-06-17 2004-04-08 Ross David Justin Address disambiguation for mail-piece routing
    FR2841673B1 (en) * 2002-06-26 2004-12-03 Solystic Chronomarquage postal objects by image signature and associated sorting machine
    JP2007511840A (en) 2003-11-18 2007-05-10 シーメンス アクチェンゲゼルシャフトSiemens Aktiengesellschaft Method and apparatus for transferring mails such
    US7664653B2 (en) * 2004-09-01 2010-02-16 United States Postal Service System and method for electronic, web-based, address element correction for uncoded addresses
    US7904197B2 (en) * 2004-09-17 2011-03-08 The United States Postal Service Methods and systems for providing one code address correction service
    DE102006050083A1 (en) * 2006-10-24 2008-04-30 Siemens Ag A method for identifying objects and signature comparison means
    FR2916661B1 (en) * 2007-05-30 2009-07-03 Solystic Sas Treatment Method for shipments including a graphic classification of associated signatures to mail

    Patent Citations (27)

    * Cited by examiner, † Cited by third party
    Publication number Priority date Publication date Assignee Title
    US5422821A (en) 1992-04-06 1995-06-06 Electrocom Automation, L.P. Apparatus for intercepting and forwarding incorrectly addressed postal mail
    US5422821B1 (en) 1992-04-06 1998-07-21 Electrocom Automation Lp Apparatus for intercepting and forwarding incorrectly addressed postal mail
    US5468945A (en) 1994-02-25 1995-11-21 Intermec Corporation Method and apparatus for locating and decoding a postnet forwarding bar code in a field of postnet bar codes
    US5586036A (en) 1994-07-05 1996-12-17 Pitney Bowes Inc. Postage payment system with security for sensitive mailer data and enhanced carrier data functionality
    US5774554A (en) 1995-03-17 1998-06-30 Neopost Limited Postage meter system and verification of postage charges
    DE19644249C1 (en) 1996-10-24 1998-04-23 Siemens Ag Method and device for the identification of shipments
    US6292709B1 (en) 1996-10-24 2001-09-18 Siemens Aktiengesellschaft Method and device for online processing of forwarding mail
    US6311892B1 (en) 1997-08-12 2001-11-06 Bell & Howell Postal Systems, Inc. Automatic system for verifying articles containing indicia thereon
    US20010012378A1 (en) 1997-11-26 2001-08-09 Dimitri Kanevsky Internet assisted mail
    WO2000000300A1 (en) 1998-06-29 2000-01-06 Crisplant A/S A method and a system for processing postal items
    US6901151B1 (en) 1998-08-13 2005-05-31 Siemens Aktiengesellschaft Method and device for processing mail to be returned to sender
    US6888084B1 (en) 1999-09-30 2005-05-03 Siemens Aktiengesellschaft Method and device for sorting parcels
    US20010010334A1 (en) 2000-01-27 2001-08-02 Park Moon Sung System for processing mail items and method thereof
    US20030004893A1 (en) 2000-02-21 2003-01-02 Dietrich Blaesche System and method for the distribution of mail items
    DE10020566C2 (en) 2000-04-27 2002-11-14 Deutsche Post Ag A method for providing mailpieces with postage indicia,
    US20020194472A1 (en) 2001-05-25 2002-12-19 Lawson Alfred D. Encoding method
    EP1310917A2 (en) 2001-09-28 2003-05-14 Siemens Dematic AG Method of providing mail piece franking
    US20050137990A1 (en) 2001-10-09 2005-06-23 Boris Mayer Method for sending postal packets
    US20040049315A1 (en) 2002-09-10 2004-03-11 Pitney Bowes Incorporated Method for detecting and redirecting misdirected mail
    US20040059462A1 (en) 2002-09-20 2004-03-25 Norris Michael O. Hand held OCR apparatus and method
    US20050025240A1 (en) 2003-07-30 2005-02-03 Hui-Hua Kuo Method for performing predictive picture decoding
    US20060253406A1 (en) 2004-02-18 2006-11-09 Christophe Caillon Method for sorting postal items in a plurality of sorting passes
    DE102004017042A1 (en) 2004-04-02 2005-10-27 Deutsche Post Ag A method for processing mailpieces
    US20050234588A1 (en) 2004-04-07 2005-10-20 Solystic Method of delaying printing of an identity code on a mail item
    US20050269395A1 (en) 2004-05-25 2005-12-08 Solystic Method of handling mail items with improved bar-code reading
    US20070038713A1 (en) 2005-07-29 2007-02-15 Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba Mail processing apparatus, mail processing system, and mail processing method
    US20070135963A1 (en) 2005-12-12 2007-06-14 Fogel Thomas C System and method for processing returned mail

    Non-Patent Citations (1)

    * Cited by examiner, † Cited by third party
    Title
    ROGER C. PALMER: ""The Bar Code Book"", vol. 2ND ED., 1991, HEMERS PUBL., article "Reading, Printing and Specification of Bar Code Symbols"

    Also Published As

    Publication number Publication date Type
    US20100163612A1 (en) 2010-07-01 application
    ES2349075T3 (en) 2010-12-22 grant
    DK2170532T4 (en) 2013-12-02 grant
    CA2691402A1 (en) 2009-01-15 application
    DK2170532T3 (en) 2010-12-13 grant
    ES2349075T5 (en) 2013-12-26 grant
    WO2009007560A3 (en) 2009-03-05 application
    CN101687225B (en) 2013-03-06 grant
    US8047446B2 (en) 2011-11-01 grant
    CN101687225A (en) 2010-03-31 application
    EP2170532B1 (en) 2010-08-18 grant
    JP2010531225A (en) 2010-09-24 application
    EP2170532A2 (en) 2010-04-07 application
    DE602008002262D1 (en) 2010-09-30 grant
    JP5110666B2 (en) 2012-12-26 grant
    WO2009007560A2 (en) 2009-01-15 application
    FR2918199A1 (en) 2009-01-02 application
    FR2918199B1 (en) 2009-08-21 grant
    CA2691402C (en) 2015-03-24 grant

    Similar Documents

    Publication Publication Date Title
    US6006200A (en) Method of providing an identifier for transactions
    US6772196B1 (en) Electronic mail filtering system and methods
    US7451487B2 (en) Fraudulent message detection
    US6405243B1 (en) Method and system for updating email addresses
    US6155604A (en) Coatings and ink designs for negotiable instruments
    Ntoulas et al. Detecting spam web pages through content analysis
    US7178721B2 (en) Method and system for duplicate commercial paper detection
    US20020131076A1 (en) Distribution and use of trusted photos
    US6285777B2 (en) Internet assisted mail
    US20030040957A1 (en) Advertising employing watermarking
    US20080008348A1 (en) Detecting online abuse in images
    Mendez et al. A comparative performance study of feature selection methods for the anti-spam filtering domain
    US7213748B2 (en) Anonymous mailing and shipping transactions
    US20020026430A1 (en) Mail piece verification system having forensic accounting capability
    Cormack Email spam filtering: A systematic review
    Segal et al. SpamGuru: An Enterprise Anti-Spam Filtering System.
    US20040260653A1 (en) Anonymous transactions
    US5999967A (en) Electronic mail filtering by electronic stamp
    US20060112013A1 (en) Method and system for verifying check images
    US6292709B1 (en) Method and device for online processing of forwarding mail
    US6741908B2 (en) Mail bin sort sequence binary file generator
    US5341505A (en) System and method for accessing remotely located ZIP+4 zipcode database
    US7415130B1 (en) Mail image profiling and handwriting matching
    Best The environmental dependence of radio-loud AGN activity and star formation in the 2dFGRS
    US20030105824A1 (en) Systems and methods for disseminating information

    Legal Events

    Date Code Title Description
    AK Designated contracting states:

    Kind code of ref document: A2

    Designated state(s): AT BE BG CH CY CZ DE DK EE ES FI FR GB GR HR HU IE IS IT LI LT LU LV MC MT NL NO PL PT RO SE SI SK TR

    17P Request for examination filed

    Effective date: 20091119

    AX Request for extension of the european patent to

    Extension state: AL BA MK RS

    REG Reference to a national code

    Ref country code: GB

    Ref legal event code: FG4D

    Free format text: NOT ENGLISH

    AK Designated contracting states:

    Kind code of ref document: B1

    Designated state(s): AT BE BG CH CY CZ DE DK EE ES FI FR GB GR HR HU IE IS IT LI LT LU LV MC MT NL NO PL PT RO SE SI SK TR

    REG Reference to a national code

    Ref country code: CH

    Ref legal event code: EP

    REG Reference to a national code

    Ref country code: IE

    Ref legal event code: FG4D

    Free format text: LANGUAGE OF EP DOCUMENT: FRENCH

    REF Corresponds to:

    Ref document number: 602008002262

    Country of ref document: DE

    Date of ref document: 20100930

    Kind code of ref document: P

    REG Reference to a national code

    Ref country code: CH

    Ref legal event code: NV

    Representative=s name: SPIERENBURG & PARTNER AG, PATENT- UND MARKENANWAEL

    REG Reference to a national code

    Ref country code: PT

    Ref legal event code: SC4A

    Free format text: AVAILABILITY OF NATIONAL TRANSLATION

    Effective date: 20101028

    REG Reference to a national code

    Ref country code: NL

    Ref legal event code: T3

    REG Reference to a national code

    Ref country code: SE

    Ref legal event code: TRGR

    REG Reference to a national code

    Ref country code: DK

    Ref legal event code: T3

    REG Reference to a national code

    Ref country code: ES

    Ref legal event code: FG2A

    Effective date: 20101210

    LTIE Lt: invalidation of european patent or patent extension

    Effective date: 20100818

    REG Reference to a national code

    Ref country code: NO

    Ref legal event code: T2

    Effective date: 20100818

    PG25 Lapsed in a contracting state announced via postgrant inform. from nat. office to epo

    Ref country code: LT

    Free format text: LAPSE BECAUSE OF FAILURE TO SUBMIT A TRANSLATION OF THE DESCRIPTION OR TO PAY THE FEE WITHIN THE PRESCRIBED TIME-LIMIT

    Effective date: 20100818

    PG25 Lapsed in a contracting state announced via postgrant inform. from nat. office to epo

    Ref country code: BG

    Free format text: LAPSE BECAUSE OF FAILURE TO SUBMIT A TRANSLATION OF THE DESCRIPTION OR TO PAY THE FEE WITHIN THE PRESCRIBED TIME-LIMIT

    Effective date: 20101118

    Ref country code: CY

    Free format text: LAPSE BECAUSE OF FAILURE TO SUBMIT A TRANSLATION OF THE DESCRIPTION OR TO PAY THE FEE WITHIN THE PRESCRIBED TIME-LIMIT

    Effective date: 20100818

    Ref country code: HR

    Free format text: LAPSE BECAUSE OF FAILURE TO SUBMIT A TRANSLATION OF THE DESCRIPTION OR TO PAY THE FEE WITHIN THE PRESCRIBED TIME-LIMIT

    Effective date: 20100818

    Ref country code: IS

    Free format text: LAPSE BECAUSE OF FAILURE TO SUBMIT A TRANSLATION OF THE DESCRIPTION OR TO PAY THE FEE WITHIN THE PRESCRIBED TIME-LIMIT

    Effective date: 20101218

    Ref country code: PL

    Free format text: LAPSE BECAUSE OF FAILURE TO SUBMIT A TRANSLATION OF THE DESCRIPTION OR TO PAY THE FEE WITHIN THE PRESCRIBED TIME-LIMIT

    Effective date: 20100818

    Ref country code: SI

    Free format text: LAPSE BECAUSE OF FAILURE TO SUBMIT A TRANSLATION OF THE DESCRIPTION OR TO PAY THE FEE WITHIN THE PRESCRIBED TIME-LIMIT

    Effective date: 20100818

    PG25 Lapsed in a contracting state announced via postgrant inform. from nat. office to epo

    Ref country code: GR

    Free format text: LAPSE BECAUSE OF FAILURE TO SUBMIT A TRANSLATION OF THE DESCRIPTION OR TO PAY THE FEE WITHIN THE PRESCRIBED TIME-LIMIT

    Effective date: 20101119

    Ref country code: LV

    Free format text: LAPSE BECAUSE OF FAILURE TO SUBMIT A TRANSLATION OF THE DESCRIPTION OR TO PAY THE FEE WITHIN THE PRESCRIBED TIME-LIMIT

    Effective date: 20100818

    PG25 Lapsed in a contracting state announced via postgrant inform. from nat. office to epo

    Ref country code: RO

    Free format text: LAPSE BECAUSE OF FAILURE TO SUBMIT A TRANSLATION OF THE DESCRIPTION OR TO PAY THE FEE WITHIN THE PRESCRIBED TIME-LIMIT

    Effective date: 20100818

    Ref country code: SK

    Free format text: LAPSE BECAUSE OF FAILURE TO SUBMIT A TRANSLATION OF THE DESCRIPTION OR TO PAY THE FEE WITHIN THE PRESCRIBED TIME-LIMIT

    Effective date: 20100818

    Ref country code: CZ

    Free format text: LAPSE BECAUSE OF FAILURE TO SUBMIT A TRANSLATION OF THE DESCRIPTION OR TO PAY THE FEE WITHIN THE PRESCRIBED TIME-LIMIT

    Effective date: 20100818

    Ref country code: EE

    Free format text: LAPSE BECAUSE OF FAILURE TO SUBMIT A TRANSLATION OF THE DESCRIPTION OR TO PAY THE FEE WITHIN THE PRESCRIBED TIME-LIMIT

    Effective date: 20100818

    26 Opposition filed

    Opponent name: SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT

    Effective date: 20110420

    REG Reference to a national code

    Ref country code: DE

    Ref legal event code: R026

    Ref document number: 602008002262

    Country of ref document: DE

    Effective date: 20110420

    PG25 Lapsed in a contracting state announced via postgrant inform. from nat. office to epo

    Ref country code: MT

    Free format text: LAPSE BECAUSE OF FAILURE TO SUBMIT A TRANSLATION OF THE DESCRIPTION OR TO PAY THE FEE WITHIN THE PRESCRIBED TIME-LIMIT

    Effective date: 20100818

    PG25 Lapsed in a contracting state announced via postgrant inform. from nat. office to epo

    Ref country code: MC

    Free format text: LAPSE BECAUSE OF NON-PAYMENT OF DUE FEES

    Effective date: 20110630

    PG25 Lapsed in a contracting state announced via postgrant inform. from nat. office to epo

    Ref country code: LU

    Free format text: LAPSE BECAUSE OF NON-PAYMENT OF DUE FEES

    Effective date: 20110617

    R26 Opposition filed (correction)

    Opponent name: SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT

    Effective date: 20110420

    AK Designated contracting states:

    Kind code of ref document: B2

    Designated state(s): AT BE BG CH CY CZ DE DK EE ES FI FR GB GR HR HU IE IS IT LI LT LU LV MC MT NL NO PL PT RO SE SI SK TR

    27A Maintained as amended

    Effective date: 20130904

    REG Reference to a national code

    Ref country code: CH

    Ref legal event code: AELC

    PG25 Lapsed in a contracting state announced via postgrant inform. from nat. office to epo

    Ref country code: TR

    Free format text: LAPSE BECAUSE OF FAILURE TO SUBMIT A TRANSLATION OF THE DESCRIPTION OR TO PAY THE FEE WITHIN THE PRESCRIBED TIME-LIMIT

    Effective date: 20100818

    REG Reference to a national code

    Ref country code: DE

    Ref legal event code: R102

    Ref document number: 602008002262

    Country of ref document: DE

    Effective date: 20130904

    PG25 Lapsed in a contracting state announced via postgrant inform. from nat. office to epo

    Ref country code: HU

    Free format text: LAPSE BECAUSE OF FAILURE TO SUBMIT A TRANSLATION OF THE DESCRIPTION OR TO PAY THE FEE WITHIN THE PRESCRIBED TIME-LIMIT

    Effective date: 20100818

    REG Reference to a national code

    Ref country code: DK

    Ref legal event code: T4

    Effective date: 20131126

    REG Reference to a national code

    Ref country code: NL

    Ref legal event code: T3

    REG Reference to a national code

    Ref country code: ES

    Ref legal event code: DC2A

    Ref document number: 2349075

    Country of ref document: ES

    Kind code of ref document: T5

    Effective date: 20131226

    REG Reference to a national code

    Ref country code: SE

    Ref legal event code: RPEO

    REG Reference to a national code

    Ref country code: NO

    Ref legal event code: T2

    Effective date: 20100818

    Ref country code: NO

    Ref legal event code: TB2

    PG25 Lapsed in a contracting state announced via postgrant inform. from nat. office to epo

    Ref country code: LV

    Free format text: LAPSE BECAUSE OF FAILURE TO SUBMIT A TRANSLATION OF THE DESCRIPTION OR TO PAY THE FEE WITHIN THE PRESCRIBED TIME-LIMIT

    Effective date: 20130904

    REG Reference to a national code

    Ref country code: FR

    Ref legal event code: PLFP

    Year of fee payment: 9

    PGFP Postgrant: annual fees paid to national office

    Ref country code: CH

    Payment date: 20160620

    Year of fee payment: 9

    Ref country code: NO

    Payment date: 20160623

    Year of fee payment: 9

    Ref country code: IE

    Payment date: 20160621

    Year of fee payment: 9

    PGFP Postgrant: annual fees paid to national office

    Ref country code: BE

    Payment date: 20160620

    Year of fee payment: 9

    Ref country code: DK

    Payment date: 20160620

    Year of fee payment: 9

    Ref country code: PT

    Payment date: 20160616

    Year of fee payment: 9

    Ref country code: NL

    Payment date: 20160620

    Year of fee payment: 9

    Ref country code: AT

    Payment date: 20160621

    Year of fee payment: 9

    REG Reference to a national code

    Ref country code: FR

    Ref legal event code: PLFP

    Year of fee payment: 10

    PGFP Postgrant: annual fees paid to national office

    Ref country code: DE

    Payment date: 20170621

    Year of fee payment: 10

    Ref country code: GB

    Payment date: 20170620

    Year of fee payment: 10

    Ref country code: FR

    Payment date: 20170616

    Year of fee payment: 10

    PGFP Postgrant: annual fees paid to national office

    Ref country code: FI

    Payment date: 20170621

    Year of fee payment: 10

    Ref country code: SE

    Payment date: 20170620

    Year of fee payment: 10

    Ref country code: IT

    Payment date: 20170622

    Year of fee payment: 10

    PGFP Postgrant: annual fees paid to national office

    Ref country code: ES

    Payment date: 20170724

    Year of fee payment: 10

    REG Reference to a national code

    Ref country code: DK

    Ref legal event code: EBP

    Effective date: 20170630

    Ref country code: NO

    Ref legal event code: MMEP

    REG Reference to a national code

    Ref country code: CH

    Ref legal event code: PL

    REG Reference to a national code

    Ref country code: NL

    Ref legal event code: MM

    Effective date: 20170701

    REG Reference to a national code

    Ref country code: AT

    Ref legal event code: MM01

    Ref document number: 477857

    Country of ref document: AT

    Kind code of ref document: T

    Effective date: 20170617

    PG25 Lapsed in a contracting state announced via postgrant inform. from nat. office to epo

    Ref country code: PT

    Free format text: LAPSE BECAUSE OF NON-PAYMENT OF DUE FEES

    Effective date: 20171218

    REG Reference to a national code

    Ref country code: IE

    Ref legal event code: MM4A

    PG25 Lapsed in a contracting state announced via postgrant inform. from nat. office to epo

    Ref country code: NL

    Free format text: LAPSE BECAUSE OF NON-PAYMENT OF DUE FEES

    Effective date: 20170701

    PG25 Lapsed in a contracting state announced via postgrant inform. from nat. office to epo

    Ref country code: LI

    Free format text: LAPSE BECAUSE OF NON-PAYMENT OF DUE FEES

    Effective date: 20170630

    Ref country code: NO

    Free format text: LAPSE BECAUSE OF NON-PAYMENT OF DUE FEES

    Effective date: 20170630

    Ref country code: CH

    Free format text: LAPSE BECAUSE OF NON-PAYMENT OF DUE FEES

    Effective date: 20170630

    Ref country code: IE

    Free format text: LAPSE BECAUSE OF NON-PAYMENT OF DUE FEES

    Effective date: 20170617

    PG25 Lapsed in a contracting state announced via postgrant inform. from nat. office to epo

    Ref country code: AT

    Free format text: LAPSE BECAUSE OF NON-PAYMENT OF DUE FEES

    Effective date: 20170617

    REG Reference to a national code

    Ref country code: BE

    Ref legal event code: MM

    Effective date: 20170630

    PG25 Lapsed in a contracting state announced via postgrant inform. from nat. office to epo

    Ref country code: DK

    Free format text: LAPSE BECAUSE OF NON-PAYMENT OF DUE FEES

    Effective date: 20170630

    PG25 Lapsed in a contracting state announced via postgrant inform. from nat. office to epo

    Ref country code: BE

    Free format text: LAPSE BECAUSE OF NON-PAYMENT OF DUE FEES

    Effective date: 20170630