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14 January 2016Big PharmaAndrew Webb and Graham Lewis

The unitary patent system: are SPCs next?

A supplementary protection certificate (SPC) can give up to five extra years of exclusivity after a patent has expired. SPCs are available in many European countries for active ingredients of human and veterinary medicinal products and plant protection products that require marketing authorisation. They were introduced to compensate patent owners whose effective patent term was eroded by delays in receiving marketing authorisation.

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