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Methodology for Automatic Mail processing Disclosure Number: IPCOM000016360D
Original Publication Date: 2002-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-21

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Disclosed is a business idea that helps make mail safer, more convenient and more cost effective. This business idea entails creating a methodology that would allow personal mail to be scanned at mail processing centers. This would include two parts. The first part is the scanning of the sender information (i.e. name, address, etc) at the last point of control. This is automatically sent to a designated email address on the same day as the actual delivery of the physical mail parcel. This would provide electronic notificationl to pickup the mail, and also who sent it. This would allow the intended receiver to decide to pick up the mail or have it destroyed. Another claim is to include sending the email notice prior to delivery, and asking the receiver if the mail should be delivered, forwarded, destroyed (e.g. Junk mail or credit card request that need to be shredded). The second part is to create a mail reading program where mail is last processed or the last point of control Postal or Delivery Services, etc) the mail is scanned and sent through a user profile. The user profile either throws out the letter from a predefined list (junk mail) or automatically creates an email of the letter and sends it to the person. The user profile can be automatically updated from a web page if the user gets a piece of junk mail and wants to add to the junk mail list. Once the email is scanned, the profile may specify what happens to the mail (e.g. hold for two days and destroy, always deliver, etc.) 1