Biodegradable Cigarette Filters – Innovation & Patent Filing Trends

Introduction

Ever put out a cigarette and watch the filter stick around for what feels like forever? Those small plastic bits end up scattered on our streets, beaches, and even in our oceans, causing harm to wildlife and adding to environmental pollution. But what if there was a solution to this problem?

Enter biodegradable cigarette filters! These innovative filters break down naturally, leaving no harmful traces behind.

Did you know that over 4.5 trillion cigarette butts, containing non-biodegradable filters, are discarded annually worldwide? Exploring the impact of biodegradable materials in the tobacco industry is not just a choice; it’s an urgent necessity for a cleaner and sustainable future.

This report delves into the patent filings w.r.t Biodegradable Cigarette Filters , unveiling not just technical intricacies but also the patent filing trend, leading companies, and innovators involved in innovation within this domain. Stay tuned to read other insights on the same!

This analysis is based on the patent data from 2011-2022. Interested in the updated analysis?

What is the patent filing trend in Biodegradable Cigarette Filters Industry?

Understand the trajectory of patent filings in the domain. How has the innovation and patent filing activity in the space of biodegradable filters for the cigarette industry evolved over the years?

The table below provides the number of applications filed and the number of patents granted from the year 2011 to 2022.

YearApplications Filed for Biodegradable materials in Tobacco IndustryPatents Granted for Biodegradable materials in Tobacco Industry
2022102
2021346
2020426
20193613
20181219
201746
201649
2015614
2014614
2013117
2012514
2011313

Technology Overview of Biodegradable Cigarette Filters Industry

The technology analysis of patents related to biodegradable cigarette filters explores emerging technologies aimed at minimizing environmental impact by tobacco products and the patents have been classified into distinct technological categories.

This overview provides technological categorizations ranging from categories such as cellulose and its derivatives, paper/cardboard to E-cigarettes/Vapes, to unveil the specific areas of innovations which contribute to ongoing evolution of eco-friendly solutions in tobacco sector.

Technology Overview

Key companies filing patents in Biodegradable Cigarette Filters Industry

The chart below showcases the top 15 companies actively involved in research and development of sustainable solutions in tobacco industry.

Contrary to expectations, chemical manufacturers like Lenzing and Daicel, hold the top spot for sustainability efforts in the industry, leaving behind even British American Tobacco. While not directly involved in tobacco production, their provision of key materials, such as cellulose acetate tow for cigarette filters, underscores their significant impact on sustainability within the tobacco sector.

The table below shows the number of patents assigned to the top 25 companies involved in biodegradable innovations in the tobacco industry.

Companies NamePatent Count
Japan Tobacco32
Philip Morris Products Sa27
Korea Tobacco & Ginseng Corporation22
Lenzing Ag14
Daicel12
RJ Reynolds Tobacco Company12
British American Tobacco10
Celanese Acetate Llc9
Eastman Chemical Company9
Delfort Group Ag7
Nippon Paper Group Inc6
Kolon Industries6
Shenzhen Kaishen Technology Co Ltd5
Acetate International Llc4
Solvay Acetow Gmbh4
Essentra4
China Tobacco4
Schweitzer Mauduit International Inc3
Republic Technologies Na Llc3
Shenzhen Zhiye Technology Co Ltd3
Good Tree International Inc3
Reemtsma Cigarettenfabriken Gmbh3
Swm Luxembourg Sarl2
Plonq2
Gd Spa2

New entrants in the Biodegradable Cigarette Filters Industry

The chart below provides an overview of the recent influx of new entrants into dynamic landscape of tobacco industry working towards sustainability.

Technology Overview

This overview provides technological categorizations ranging from categories such as filter, mouthpiece or adsorbent, standard cigarettes to E-cigarettes/Vapes, to unveil the specific areas of innovations and contributions of the new entrants in identification of biodegradable solutions in tobacco sector.

Who are the leading innovators in the Biodegradable Cigarette Filters Industry?

The table below shows the number of patents assigned to the top 25 inventors involved in biodegradable innovations and solutions in the tobacco industry.

Inventors NamePatent Count
Kim Jong Yeol14
Einzmann Mirko13
Goldhalm Gisela13
Carlyle Tom12
Hayhurst Malcolm John12
Cheong Bong Su10
Cho Hyun Suk10
Mayer Katharina9
Papakyrillou Stefanos9
Sagerer Foric Ibrahim9
Kim Soo Ho9
Sebastian Andries D8
Ki Sung Jong7
Taniguchi Hiroki6
Volgger Dietmar6
Yang Burm Ho6
Jeong Jong Cheol6
Jin Sang Woo6
Bachmann Stefan6
Garrett Thomas S6
Kim Woo Chul6
Combs Michael T6
Ga Kyokutou6
Seo Man Seok5
Yoshimura Tetsuya5

Which countries have filed patents in the Biodegradable Cigarette Filters Industry?

The chart below provides an overview of the patent filings for biodegradable solutions in the tobacco industry in various countries.

Where are Research Centres of the Biodegradable Filters for the Cigarette Industry Located?

The chart below represents the major research and development centres contributing towards biodegradable innovations in the tobacco industry.

Which are the prominent R&D hubs for biodegradable filters of cigarettes i.e. from which countries is the innovation originating and being protected in the regions of interest?

Despite the dominance of major tobacco corporations originating from the United States, like Altria Group(formerly Philip Morris Companies) and Reynolds American (now part of British American Tobacco), our analysis reveals a surprising trend: the European Patent Office (EPO) garners the highest number of patents related to sustainability within the tobacco industry.

This suggests that Europe is at the forefront of innovation and research in sustainable practices within tobacco cultivation, manufacturing, and product development.

As the world’s largest producer and consumer of tobacco, it is surprising to note that China stood 5th when it came to innovations in biodegradable materials within tobacco industry. Other largest producers of tobacco like India, Indonesia & Brazil didn’t even make it on the Top 10 List.

Leading companies in Europe (EPO) filing patents in Biodegradable Cigarette Filters Industry

The chart below depicts the distribution of patents owned by the 15 leading companies within Europe (EPO) involved in biodegradable innovations in the tobacco industry.

Philip Morris Products Sa (19) is the prominent company with highest number of patents signifying its contributions in sustainability in tobacco industry. Lenzing Ag (13) and Japan Tobacco (12) closely follow Philip Morris Products Sa in the number of patents owned by the company.

Technology Overview

The technological categorization of patents related to biodegradable materials in tobacco industry within Europe (EPO) provides a detailed analysis of patented sustainable innovations and key technological trends in the region. The categorizations ranging from cellulose and its derivatives to heated tobacco sticks (HTS/HNB) offers a comprehensive overview of Europe’s (EPO) contributions towards sustainability in the tobacco sector.

Leading companies in USA filing patents in Biodegradable Cigarette Filters Industry
Technology Overview

The technological categorization of patents related to biodegradable materials in tobacco industry within United States of Americaprovides a detailed analysis of patented sustainable innovations and key technological trends in the region. The categorizations ranging from filter, mouthpiece or adsorbent to polylactic acid (PLA) offers a comprehensive overview of United States of America’s contributions towards sustainability in the tobacco sector.

Leading companies in South Korea filing patents in Biodegradable Cigarette Filters Industry

The chart below depicts the distribution of patents owned by the 15 leading companies within South Korea involved in biodegradable innovations in the tobacco industry.

Korea Tobacco & Ginseng Corporation (21) is the prominent company with highest number of patents signifying its contributions in the biodegradable industry. Kolon Industries (6)and Taeyoung Industry Corp (2) follow Korea Tobacco & Ginseng Corporation in number of patents owned by the company.

Technology Overview

The technological categorization of patents related to biodegradable materials in tobacco industry within South Korea provides a detailed analysis of patented sustainable innovations and key technological trends in the region. The categorizations ranging from filter wrapping/coating to standard cigarettes offers a comprehensive overview of South Korea’s contributions towards sustainability in the tobacco sector.

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