Pitney, E-Stamp In Postage Battle
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The suit is seeking unspecified damages for the violation. E-Stamp denies the charge and plans to fight the suit, according to the Wall Street Journal report.
Pitney said it holds patents going back to the 1980s which cover postage printed from a PC or computer network printer. The company claims E-Stamp's product, which prints postage directly onto an envelope, violates this copyright.
Pitney said it discussed licensing the technology to E-Stamp and only filed a lawsuit after those negotiations fell through.
The Postal Service sells $60 billion in postage annually, up to one third of the sales from postage meters. The market for Net and printer-delivered postage is expected to reach $700 million in the next five years.