April 4, 2006

Accession Issues for Supplementary Protection Certificates

Arnold & Porter Advisory

Patented pharmaceutical products often require extensive testing prior to marketing authorisation approval being granted. As a result, a form of extended protection was introduced by EU Regulation (No. 1768/92) known as 'Supplementary Protection Certificates' ("SPC"). The extension given by an SPC is designed to compensate, to an extent, for the patent life lost in obtaining such marketing authorisation approval.


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