Supplementary Protection Certificates
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Supplementary Protection Certificates

Supplementary Protection Certificates (SPCs) are an Intellectual Property Right that serve as an extension to a patent right. They apply to specific pharmaceutical and plant protection products that have been authorised by regulatory authorities. SPCs aim to offset the loss of patent protection for pharmaceutical and plant protection products that occurs due to the compulsory lengthy testing and clinical trials these products require prior to obtaining regulatory marketing approval.

An SPC can extend a patent right for a maximum period of five years. A six-month additional extension is available in accordance with Regulation (EC) No 1901/2006.

The local list of granted SPCs can be found here​.