Cereplast receives patent, joins ABO

By Erin Voegele | March 15, 2013

On March 12, Cereplast Inc. announced the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has granted the company patent protection for biodegradable nanopolymer compositions and biodegradable articles made thereof. According to Cereplast, patent 8,389,614 is the first of its kind.

The patent covers biodegradable compositions, including polylactic acid (PLA) and other components, and incorporates nanofillers, which improve the physical and thermal properties of the material. 

"Protecting the intellectual property of the Company is a high priority and is an important part of our long-term growth strategy, as is creating new grades of bioplastic resin that expand the properties available to meet the ever-growing needs of the marketplace,” said Frederic Scheer, chairman and CEO of Cereplast. “This new patent is the first for biodegradable nanopolymer compositions and further establishes Cereplast's role as a leader in the bioplastics industry. Nanopolymers have brought innovation to the traditional plastics industry, and we are proud to have extended their reach to the bioplastics industry."

One day following the patent announcement, Cereplast released a statement noting it has joined the Algae Biomass Organization. Earlier this year the company announced the incorporation of Algaeplast, a wholly owned subsidiary focused on the development of algae-based bioplastics. "Cereplast's algae bioplastics are a perfect example of the wide range of sustainable products that are being derived from algae," said Mary Rosenthal, executive director of the ABO. "We're thrilled they are joining ABO and supporting the ranks of innovative companies, research organizations and end-users working to make algae a source of valuable and sustainable commodities."

Cereplast also recently issued an update on applications currently under development in India. According to the company, 36 companies are currently testing Cereplast bioplastic resins for a variety of applications, from water bottles and bags to electrical tubing, dishes and furniture. "We are encouraged by the growing interest in the Indian market for our bioplastic resins. Based on the positive feedback we are receiving from our customers about their trials, we anticipate that several of these applications will be commercialized soon,” Scheer said in a statement.