The global packaging industry experienced a 45% decline in the number of environmental sustainability-related patent applications in Q1 2024 compared with the previous quarter. The total number of environmental sustainability-related grants dropped by 44% in Q1 2024, according to GlobalData’s Patent Analytics. GlobalData’s databook Packaging: Patents Trends Q1 2024 offers comprehensive insights into patenting trends, major players’ strategies, and geographical focus in the sector over the last three years. Buy the databook here.

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Notably, the number of environmental sustainability-related patent applications in the packaging industry was 852 in Q1 2024, versus 1,549 in the prior quarter.

The top five companies accounted for 7% of patenting activity

Analysis of patenting activity by companies shows that LG filed the most environmental sustainability patents within the packaging industry in Q1 2024. The company filed 19 environmental sustainability-related patents in the quarter, compared with 47 in the previous quarter. It was followed by Nestle with 14 environmental sustainability patent filings, Dai Nippon Printing (10 filings), and Stora Enso (10 filings) in Q1 2024.

Patenting activity was driven by China with a 33% share of total patent filings

The largest share of environmental sustainability related patent filings in the packaging industry in Q1 2024 was in China with 33%, followed by the US (20%) and Japan (11%). The share represented by China was 178% lower than the 211% share it accounted for in Q4 2023.

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This content was updated on 18 April 2024

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GlobalData’s Patent Analytics tracks patent filings and grants from official offices around the world. Textual analysis and official patent classifications are used to group patents into key thematic areas and link them to specific companies across the world’s largest industries.