EPO: Europe and US are leading innovation in plastic recycling and alternative plastics globally, patent data shows

  • European Patent Office (EPO) study reveals that Europe and US together account for 60% of patenting activity worldwide related to plastic recycling and bioplastic technologies
  • Of all recycling technologies, chemical and biological methods generated highest level of patenting activity
  • Healthcare, cosmetics and detergent industries are at the forefront of innovation in bioplastics
  • EPO President António Campinos: “This report highlights Europe’s contribution towards a circular economy for plastics, but shows more can be done to transfer fundamental research to industry."
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Latest update 19.10.2021