“The patent is revoked under Article 101(2) EPC as at least one of the grounds of oppositions prejudices its maintenance unamended, and under Article 101(3) (b) EPC because taking into account the amendments made by the proprietor during the opposition proceedings, the patent and the invention to which it relates do no meet the requirements of the EPC.”
(European Patent Convention)
The Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) filed a petition requesting that the EPA phase-out the use of R134a in most applications in the U.S. According to the EIA, “HFC-134a has a global warming potential (GWP) of 1430 (making it 1430 times more powerful than CO2 as a greenhouse gas) and represents approximately half of all HFC use in the U.S. Many countries already use or require the use of low-GWP alternatives to HFCs, e.g., an estimated one billion+ refrigerators in the EU and Asia run on hydrocarbons (GWP <25) rather than HFCs. Although hydrocarbons received EPA approval for use in the U.S. in January, no timetable has yet been established to require their use in domestic refrigerators and freezers or retail stand-alone coolers and freezers.”
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Cylinder Design Saves Time & Money
“Today I received a call from Randy in the Billings branch. His customer Chris with Empire Heating & Cooling reported back that the new recovery cylinder is faster. He said a recovery job that used to take them 1 1/2 - 2 hour took only 45 minutes! He is so pleased that he has now purchased another cylinder because the time saved reclaiming saves him more money in labor than the cost of the cylinder.”
-Dave Thomas, Service Parts Director at GENSCO