The Biodegradable Packaging Patent Forecast® tells us that BASF and Kimberly-Clark have basically dropped off the map in terms of biodegradable packaging activity.
BASF has 105 patent documents in the past 10 years, 53 patent documents in the past 5 years, only 12 patent documents in the past 3 years, and only 1 patent document in 2021. Kimberly-Clark has 79 patent documents in the past 10 years, 26 patent documents in the past 5 years, and only 1 patent document in the past 3 years!
Unfortunately, it is currently unclear as to what direction BASF and Kimberly-Clark are headed. Kimberly-Clark appears more focused on absorbent articles and BASF appears focused on carbon management, 3D printing services, and polyamides. Additionally, Kimberly-Clark had $4.8 billion dollars in net sales during the fourth quarter of 2020 so it appears to have a strong hold on the market and may not feel compelled to continue growing its patent portfolio in the biodegradable packing sector.
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The Biodegradable Packaging Patent Forecast® is interested in biodegradable, compostable, or otherwise environmentally friendly packaging such as films, contains, wrappers, etc.