The packaging industry continues to be a hotbed of patent innovation. Activity is driven by durability, long shelf life, tamper-proof, and sustainability, and growing importance of technologies such as blockchain, RFID technology, augmented reality, and nanotechnology. In the last three years alone, there have been over 427,000 patents filed and granted in the packaging industry, according to GlobalData’s report on Innovation in packaging: anti-counterfeiting bottle caps. Buy the report here.

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However, not all innovations are equal and nor do they follow a constant upward trend. Instead, their evolution takes the form of an S-shaped curve that reflects their typical lifecycle from early emergence to accelerating adoption, before finally stabilizing and reaching maturity.

Identifying where a particular innovation is on this journey, especially those that are in the emerging and accelerating stages, is essential for understanding their current level of adoption and the likely future trajectory and impact they will have.

30+ innovations will shape the packaging industry

According to GlobalData’s Technology Foresights, which plots the S-curve for the packaging industry using innovation intensity models built on over 77,000 patents, there are 30+ innovation areas that will shape the future of the industry.

Within the emerging innovation stage, cellulose fiber 3D printing, biodegradable packaging films, and multilayer barrier films are disruptive technologies that are in the early stages of application and should be tracked closely. RFID packaging, anti-counterfeiting bottle caps, and clamshell-type packaging are some of the accelerating innovation areas, where adoption has been steadily increasing. Among maturing innovation areas are resealable medication vials and synthetic resin containers, which are now well established in the industry.

Innovation S-curve for the packaging industry

Anti-counterfeiting bottle caps is a key innovation area in packaging

Anti-counterfeiting bottle caps refer to protective caps or closure devices that are designed to prevent unauthorized access to the contents of a bottle or container. These caps are typically tamper-evident, meaning that they indicate if the bottle has been opened or tampered with in any way.

GlobalData’s analysis also uncovers the companies at the forefront of each innovation area and assesses the potential reach and impact of their patenting activity across different applications and geographies. According to GlobalData, there are 210+ companies, spanning technology vendors, established packaging companies, and up-and-coming start-ups engaged in the development and application of anti-counterfeiting bottle caps.

Key players in anti-counterfeiting bottle caps – a disruptive innovation in the packaging industry

‘Application diversity’ measures the number of applications identified for each patent. It broadly splits companies into either ‘niche’ or ‘diversified’ innovators.   

‘Geographic reach’ refers to the number of countries each patent is registered in. It reflects the breadth of geographic application intended, ranging from ‘global’ to ‘local’.  

Patent volumes related to anti-counterfeiting bottle caps

Company Total patents (2021 - 2023) Premium intelligence on the world's largest companies
Tetra Laval International 150 Unlock Company Profile
Toyo Seikan Group 139 Unlock Company Profile
Reckitt Benckiser Group 99 Unlock Company Profile
Danone 88 Unlock Company Profile
AptarGroup 83 Unlock Company Profile
Selig Sealing Products 78 Unlock Company Profile
Yeti 77 Unlock Company Profile
HAVI Group 77 Unlock Company Profile
Vista Outdoor 70 Unlock Company Profile
PAI Partners 56 Unlock Company Profile
Onex 52 Unlock Company Profile
ARaymond 50 Unlock Company Profile
Thermo Fisher Scientific 40 Unlock Company Profile
Silgan 39 Unlock Company Profile
Procter & Gamble 36 Unlock Company Profile
Yoshino Kogyosho 36 Unlock Company Profile
Newell Brands 34 Unlock Company Profile
Berry Global Group 32 Unlock Company Profile
Becton Dickinson 31 Unlock Company Profile
N2 Packaging Systems 29 Unlock Company Profile
British American Tobacco 25 Unlock Company Profile
Rotam Agrochem International 24 Unlock Company Profile
Nestle 23 Unlock Company Profile
Sacmi Imola 22 Unlock Company Profile
Runway Blue 22 Unlock Company Profile
Mauser Group 22 Unlock Company Profile
Boveda 21 Unlock Company Profile
Tetra Laval & Finance 21 Unlock Company Profile
AGI Greenpac 20 Unlock Company Profile
ARD 19 Unlock Company Profile
O-I Glass 19 Unlock Company Profile
The Kraft Heinz 19 Unlock Company Profile
PepsiCo 17 Unlock Company Profile
TriMas 17 Unlock Company Profile
Yonwoo 17 Unlock Company Profile
Capartis 16 Unlock Company Profile
Viatris 16 Unlock Company Profile
PPG Industries 16 Unlock Company Profile
AbbVie 15 Unlock Company Profile
Biocorp Recherche Et Developpement 15 Unlock Company Profile
Lukad 15 Unlock Company Profile
Greif 14 Unlock Company Profile
CJ 14 Unlock Company Profile
Kuraray 14 Unlock Company Profile
Seiko Epson 14 Unlock Company Profile
In Spirit Group 13 Unlock Company Profile
Creanova Universal Closures 13 Unlock Company Profile
Unilever 12 Unlock Company Profile
Nemera La Verpilliere 12 Unlock Company Profile
Amcor 12 Unlock Company Profile

Source: GlobalData Patent Analytics

Tetra Laval International is one of the leading patent filers in anti-counterfeiting bottle caps. Some other key patent filers in the packaging industry include Toyo Seikan Group, Reckitt Benckiser, Danone, AptarGroup, and Selig Sealing Products. TriMas recently launched Rieke's FS-38, pull-out spout closure in the US. This retraceable product is said to have controlled dispensing. It has an integrated tamper-evident pull-ring to make it highly secure. This pull-out closure is suitable for usage in the petrochemical and automotive industries.

In terms of application diversity British American Tobacco leads the pack, while In Spirit Group and Sacmi Imola stood in the second and third positions, respectively. By means of geographic reach, Vista Outdoor held the top position, followed by Becton Dickinson and Selig Sealing Products.

As the methods of counterfeiting evolved, the performance of anti-counterfeiting bottle caps will be driven by implementation of advanced technologies, consumer education, and the commitment of businesses to protect their brands and consumers from counterfeit products.

To further understand the key themes and technologies disrupting the packaging industry, access GlobalData’s latest thematic research report on Packaging.

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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.