Vericool Is Back With A New Target

Vericool was issued a patent for a recyclable stackable tray for cold wet materials in October  2021. This is Vericool’s FIRST issued patent for a compostable body for a wet material. The invention is targeted towards seafood.…

The One and Only Straw Insulation

The Biodegradable Packaging Patent Forecast® has seen plenty of activity from insulation companies such as Vericool, Cruz Foam, Nutshell Coolers, and CryoPak. Now, a foreign competitor appears ready to make its entrance into the US Market.…

Twin Rivers enters the Biodegradable Packaging Patent Forecast

Twin Rivers Paper Company has entered the Biodegradable Packaging Patent Forecast®! Its patent application, published in early September 2021, is directed towards recyclable and absorbent food packaging. The technology disclosed, an oil…

Coconut the Next Wave of Insulation?

A new startup that goes by Nutshell Coolers is currently raising funding for a cooler made from COCONUT SHELLS! Like many startups, the coolers were designed to address a problem, in this case, to help Filipino fishermen. The startup has…

Save the Turtles One 6-Pack at a Time

For years, the majority of news for biodegradable six-pack rings belonged to ep6r. But recently Alzamora Group has made some progress with its biodegradable LatCub solution. Patent Forecast highlighted ep6r and its success back in 2019.…

AI Meets Virtual Healthcare

Outpatient care is increasingly provided via telehealth consultations. According to a study published in the Journal of the American Informatics Association, virtual urgent care visits grew by 600% and nonurgent virtual visits grew by…

IncrEDIBLE Spoon and a Patent

Patent Forecast discussed LOLIWARE and its edible cup dream back in July 2021. Although it appears to have moved on to edible straws, it still has patents related to edible cups that could be of future interest to a new entrant into the…

RingPack is Looking For a Partner

RingPack is a recent Portuguese startup with an innovative portable food box. It recently obtained a European patent for its lid that converts into a handle. The company allegedly has paperboard prototypes for snacks, popcorn, and dry…

Gorby Enters The Biodegradable Packaging Market The Right Way

Compostable coffee pods and utensils is a common theme for the Biodegradable Packaging Patent Forecast®. No company has attained a dominant position, but a newest entrant may be on its way to changing that. Unlike most of the previous…

AI is the Future of Orthopaedic Surgery

Orthopaedic surgeries require substantial force to properly insert an implant for a patient. Some orthopaedic surgeries require a surgeon to hammer an implant to align in with a patient's autonomy. One problem with this is that surgeons…

We Called It – Fitbit partners with LifeScan

The announcement of Fitbit’s partnership with LifeScan comes not even two weeks after Patent Forecast® predicted that smartwatch device leaders such as Fitbit, Apple, and Samsung would need to be part of future partnerships to compete with…

Does Cruz Foam Fit in the Market?

Cruz Foam has potential to disrupt part of the Biodegradable Packaging industry but Vericool is its biggest competitor. Cruz Foam is developing compostable flexible food packaging material. Its product is designed for microorganisms to…

TIPA and Amcor Give Off a Warning Shot

Amcor has partnered with TIPA to manufacture compostable packaging in Australia and New Zealand. Patent Forecast highlighted Amcor in October 2020 for its patent publication relating to Encore. Interestingly, during September 2020, Amcor…

Time For Your TV To Track Your Calories

It’s said that abs are made in the kitchen, but now it might be possible from your couch. This is great news for Americans, who on average spend over 4 hours a day watching TV!  Sony was issued a patent for monitoring the health condition…

VistaPak – Your Compostable Coffee Companion

VistaPak could be an excellent partner with some of the other participants in the biodegradable packaging industry. 2021 appears to be the year of coffee for the Biodegradable Packaging Patent Forecast® with some major activity including:…

Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk’s Space Race Goes Beyond Rocket Launches

Space travel may be at the forefront of the public’s mind, but the space race extends much further, with satellite constellations becoming a competitive area as companies compete to control broadband and cellular satellite access. While…

LOLIWARE And The Edible Cup Dream

Backed by Mark Cuban and Barbara Corcoran, Loliware is trending in the right direction with its patent strategy. Loliware is an edible bioplastics company with a focus on creating the first edible drinking cup. The company’s goal is to…

Another Compostable Coffee Pod without Patents. Sigh.

On July 2, 2021, Patent Forecast highlighted a compostable coffee pod battle between C-P Flexible, Nexe, and Keurig. Now it appears that another entrant has entered the competition, Blue Circle Packaging. Blue Circle Packaging is a…

Is Cryopak Left Out In The Cold?

Cryopak announced the expansion of its ecologically-friendly shipping solutions but it may be blocked out of the biodegradable packaging space in the future due to its lack of patents in the Biodegradable Packaging Patent Forecast®.…

NicoVentures – First Cannabis, Now Biodegradable Packaging!

Just last week (June 17, 2021), Patent Forecast® highlighted Nicoventures Trading Limited and its 29 published patent applications for oral tobacco alternatives comprising nicotine and cannabinoids. Now they also have a patent application…

Inline Packaging Brings Peace of Mind to Microwave Chefs

Microwavable food such as Hot Pockets typically require packaging designed to induce heat. Generally, this packaging is nonbiodegradable and each individual food item has its own packaging, so there is a need for biodegradable microwavable…

Wallner R&D Has Pizza Party, Results In Solid Patent

Wallner Expac Inc. has another patent application directed towards an expandable mesh food support. The paperboard mesh tray insert is designed for a pizza carton and can isolate food from oil and juices that make food turn soggy!   This…

SC Johnson Buys 2 Earthy Companies, Enjoys Earthy Patent, More Earthiness On The Way

In late May 2021, Method Products, PBC had a patent application published for a biodegradable and water soluble packaging composition. The composition appears to include a  biodegradable nonionic polysaccharide; a biodegradable ionic…

Finally An Ice Pack That Is Good For The Environment. But is 1 patent enough?

With the COVID-19 pandemic, there was an uptick in online ordering and deliveries, which resulted in an increase in ice packs usage. This is a concern for the environment because the material in gel ice packs can lower the incineration…

There’s A Patent Gap In AI Dermatology And Google May Be In Trouble

In May 2021, Google announced an artificial intelligence dermatology tool designed to help users understand issues with their skin, hair, and nails from the comfort of their own homes. The tool requires a user to take a picture of their…

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