In October 2009, zumbox was being sued by Pitney Bowes over various alleged patent infringements. At the time zumbox was making quite some headlines with their paperless mail offering, especially when some major cities signed up with the zumbox service. Since then, we haven’t heard of any news indicating that the lawsuit has been resolved.

Some days ago Pitney Bowes announced a new product. We quote from the press release

Pitney Bowes Inc. announced today it will unveil its newest mid-range mail and customer communications solutions at the 2010 National Postal Forum. The Forum runs from April 11-14 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee. Pitney Bowes will exhibit at Booth #250.

Designed as the successor to the market-leading DM Series of mailing systems, the high-tech customer communications solutions that Pitney Bowes will reveal are packed with a wide array of capabilities previously unknown in the mid-range market segment, including ones that can help customers grow their businesses.

Specific details will be announced at the show on Monday, April 12, 2010.
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Anticipating the upcoming convention, Pitney Bowes Chairman, President and CEO Murray Martin said: “It makes perfect sense that, as Pitney Bowes celebrates its 90th birthday, we will demonstrate once again the power of great innovations. We want the National Postal Forum audience to be the very first to see the latest game-changing technologies created, nurtured and launched by the undisputed industry leader.”

So far so good. What really caught our attention was the newest edition of Mailing System Technologies. It featured a Pitney Bowes ad stating:

Coming April 12, the biggest thing in mail, since they put the “e” in front.

Now that’s a bold claim.

With the zumbox related lawsuit and technology in mind, we are now wondering if Pitney Bowes could be pulling a rabbit out of the hat? Will they be introducing a somewhat revolutionary product with entirely new features?