Filed by the European Atomic Energy Community, the application related to a "thermal heat pump". The corresponding European patent, EP 000 000 1, was granted on 7 January 1981.
The Administrative Council of the European Patent Organisation today elected Josef Kratochvíl (CZ) as its Chairman.
The EPO has held its first major conference on patenting blockchain.
The EPO has been honoured with the Corporate Art Award at an event held on 28 November in the European Parliament in Brussels in the context of the European Year of Cultural Heritage.