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Request for input from European Commission relating to SPCs

  • Europe
  • Health and life sciences


The European Commission has held a consultation on "Medicinal & plant protection products – single procedure for the granting of SPCs". The request for input was recently closed and the proposal is now awaiting the Commission's adoption.

The aim of the proposal is to:

  • increase legal certainty surrounding the procedure for issuing supplementary protection certificates (SPCs);
  • provide unitary SPC protection in relation to unitary patents;
  • make information relating to SPCs more transparent (ie, clearer and more accessible and understandable); and
  • reduce the costs and burden of obtaining and maintaining SPC protection in the European Union
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