- Print ISBN 9781843344117
- Electronic ISBN 9780857092168
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.