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Supplementary Protection Certificates (Patent Extensions)

Law and Practice

Supplementary Protection Certificates (SPC) (Patents Extensions) for pharmaceutical and veterinary products were introduced in Europe in 1993. In 1996, a similar regime was introduced for agrochemical (crop protection) products. SPCs extend the period of protection given by a patent for a maximum of five years after the patent has expired. SPCs are of enormous commercial significance to the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, since they provide additional monopoly protection at a time when many products are reaching peak sales. Supplementary Protection Certificates (Patent Extensions): Law and Practice provides a practical, unifying and comprehensive guide to the law as it now stands.

Paperback, 200 Pages

Published: May 2015

Imprint: Chandos Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-84334-411-7


  • Historical background: Patent term erosion and the need for SPCs; The SPC regulation for pharmaceutical and veterinary products; The scheme of the regulation in outline; The SPC regulation for plant protection products; Scope of protection of SPCs: What are covered, what are not covered; Applying for SPCs: Administrative aspects; SPCs in practice: The case law in detail; Analysing the raediatric regulation and paediatric extensions.


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