Cereplast Granted Patent for Biodegradable Nanopolymer Compositions

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EL SEGUNDO, Calif., March 12, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Cereplast, Inc. (OTCQB:CERP) (the "Company"), a leading manufacturer of proprietary biobased, compostable and sustainable bioplastics, today announced that the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has granted the Company patent protection for biodegradable nanopolymer compositions and biodegradable articles made thereof. USPTO-issued patent 8,389,614 is a significant patent for the company and for the field of biodegradable polymers, as it is the first of its kind. This patent expands Cereplast's growing intellectual property portfolio and protects the composition formulation invented by the Cereplast R&D team.

This patent describes biodegradable compositions including polylactic acid (PLA) and other components, and incorporates nanofillers that improve the physical and thermal properties of the material. Biodegradable materials are known for their thermal and physical limitations, and the newly-patented Cereplast composition improves such properties by introducing nanofillers that are known for improving polymer functions.

Mr. Frederic Scheer Chairman and CEO of Cereplast commented, "Protecting the intellectual property of the Company is a high priority and is an important part of our long-term growth strategy, as is creating new grades of bioplastic resin that expand the properties available to meet the ever-growing needs of the marketplace. This new patent is the first for biodegradable nanopolymer compositions and further establishes Cereplast's role as a leader in the bioplastics industry. Nanopolymers have brought innovation to the traditional plastics industry, and we are proud to have extended their reach to the bioplastics industry."

About Cereplast, Inc.

Cereplast, Inc. (OTCQB:CERP) designs and manufactures proprietary biobased, sustainable bioplastics which are used as substitutes for traditional plastics in all major converting processes - such as injection molding, thermoforming, blow molding and extrusions - at a pricing structure that is competitive with traditional plastics. On the cutting-edge of biobased plastic material development, Cereplast now offers resins to meet a variety of customer demands. Cereplast Compostables® resins are ideally suited for single-use applications where high biobased content and compostability are advantageous, especially in the food service industry. Cereplast Sustainables® resins combine high biobased content with the durability and endurance of traditional plastic, making them ideal for applications in industries such as automotive, consumer electronics and packaging. Learn more at www.cereplast.com. You may also visit the Cereplast social networking pages at Facebook.com/Cereplast, Twitter.com/Cereplast and Youtube.com/Cereplastinc.

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CONTACT: Cereplast, Inc. Public Relations Nicole Robertson (310) 615-1900 x154 nrobertson@cereplast.com Investor Relations: Alliance Advisors, LLC Alan Sheinwald 914-669-0222 asheinwald@allianceadvisors.net Valter Pinto 914-669-0222 x201 valter@allianceadvisors.net www.AllianceAdvisors.net

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