With the new year now getting into its stride, we are once again back in the familiar rhythm that shapes our work and this magazine. Our first issue of bioplastics MAGAZINE this year is no exception and we are sticking with what our readers accustomed to: like every year, our highlight topics are once again Bioplastic Foams and Bioplastics in Automotive Applications . However, we also want to introduce a new feature this year – a series in which we present and discuss recent patents in the bioplastics space, preferably, but not necessarily, on topics relating to the highlights of the relevant issue. Readers, too, are more than welcome to submit their news about patents they have been granted. We look forward to hearing about your accomplishments in this area, so let us know!