05918909 is referenced by 175 patents and cites 32 patents.

The present invention comprises a method of activating a metered account that is associated with a personal identification number, where the personal identification number is affixed to a card and the metered account is activated at the time of sale of the card, and an apparatus comprising a package adapted for holding the card so that the method of the present invention can be practiced. The card includes an exposed data-encoded strip and the card preferably has a personal identification number thereon. The package includes a first panel and a retainer that secures the card to the first panel so that, when the card is secured to the panel, at least a portion of the data-encoded strip is exposed and laterally displaced remote from the panel. The data-encoded strip is encoded with a control number that is associated with the metered account. When the card is purchased, the control number is read from the data-encoded strip while the card is secured to the first panel, and the metered account is activated.

Title
Package for card with data-encoded strip and method of using same
Application Number
634820
Publication Number
5918909
Application Date
July 16, 1997
Publication Date
July 6, 1999
Inventor
Ronald B Selby
Olive Branch
MS, US
Barry J Fiala
Collierville
TN, US
Agent
Walker McKenzie & Walker P C
Assignee
Barry Fiala
TN, US
IPC
B42D 15/00
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