Supplementary Protection Certificates

If you have a pharmaceutical or plant protection product patent you will understand the importance of building on the limited term of protection that may remain after the lengthy authorisation process.

Supplementary Protection Certificates (SPCs) are available in all EU (and a few other) countries.  They provide an effective way to create a new national IP right that extends the protection afforded by your patent for the active ingredient(s) of a medicinal or plant protection product.

We have been at the forefront of this specialised area since SPCs first became available in 1993.  We have experience at all levels from patent office to the Court of Justice of the EU.

There is no centralised European filing procedure for SPCs.  They must be filed on a country by country basis.  We are regularly among the largest filers of SPC applications in the UK and we can coordinate your SPC filing programmes through trusted associates across Europe.  We can also help you with term extensions for pharmaceutical patents in other jurisdictions such as the US and Japan.

Our work in this area is led by Andrew Webb, who is both a Solicitor and a UK and European Patent Attorney.

Please see our Briefing on Supplementary Protection Certificates for Medicinal Products.

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