The U.S. Patent Office certainly must be impressed by technology being developed by Durham-based Bell and Howell.

The company, which focuses on paper-based as well as digital messaging technology, is advancing technology on several fronts and recently landed 10 patents as a result.

“As a technology company, Bell and Howell is committed to investing in research and development that delivers the absolute best-in-class solutions for our customers,” said Mark Van Gorp, vice president of business development and marketing, in a statement about the patent haul. “We continue bringing to market solutions that are underpinned by next-generation technologies that change and enhance the way our customers operate.”

The patents cover a variety of technologies, including:

  • Data management to ensure U.S. Postal Service compliance
  • Material handling
  • Waste reduction
  • Cutting production costs
  • Workflow tracking
  • Mailpiece “integrity”

Bell and Howell operates facilities in Illinois, Pennsylvania and New York.