Dissolving Intellectual Property Barriers: Why Kuraray and Kaneka May Enter Into a License Agreement

Two powerhouse chemical manufacturing companies may be set for a license agreement. Kuraray has a strong presence in the biodegradable Structures category, but is lacking in patent protection in the Process category to mass produce their…

Patent Data Shows Meredian’s Hand

Meredian Bioplastics, also known as Danimer Scientific, had a patent publication (US Patent Pub. No. 20220056643) published for antimicrobial biodegradable compositions for food contact articles. The application was filed under Meredian…

Pay Attention: Enlightenment Product Solutions is Back

In April 2021, Patent Forecast highlighted Enlightened Product Solutions, an unknown company from Florida, for its patent application for a renewable sourced biodegradable polyolefin packaging. It appears that patent application was only…

Time To Say Goodbye To Plastic

Plastic pollution can be found from the summit of Mount Everest to the deepest parts of the ocean. The chemicals used in the production of plastic are having a negative effect on planetary health as the “safe limit for humanity” has…

TIPA Receives Funding, Establishes Itself in the Market

TIPA has started the new year off with a $70 million in series C round funding and plans to use these funds to expand operations in Europe, North America, and Australia.  This comes as zero surprise as Patent Forecast has highlighted TIPA…

$8.1 Million for Plant Packaging

Evanesce, a packaging startup, creates products such as food cutlery using upcycled plant starch and fibers. It has received $8.1 million in Series B funding. Surprisingly, Evanesce has patents with priority dates from 2006. This is a huge…

Kuraray has an idea, then applies the shotgun approach

Patent activity precedes market activity so expect Kuraray to ramp up its activity in the future.  In October 2021, Kuraray had 6 patent applications publish that were ALL filed on June 28, 2021. Each patent application was directed…

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.…

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…

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…

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:…

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®.…

C-P Flexible vs. NEXE – Compostable Coffee Pod Battle

As of June 2021, C-P Flexible Packaging has launched the first and only BPI (Biodegradable Products Institute) certified compostable coffee pod lidding film for the newest generation of single-serve coffee makers. The technology is patent…

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…

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