Call for SPCs to be longer than five years
The five-year limit on supplementary protection certificates in the EU needs to be extended, said André Bourgouin of Ipsen Pharma last week
The EU introduced SPCs in 1992 to provide pharmaceutical
inventions with an extended period of protection to compensate
for the time it takes to obtain marketing approval. Under the
present system the combined market exclusivity of a patent and
SPC cannot generally exceed 15 years.
Speaking at a workshop at the AIPPI Congress in Paris,
Bourgouin said that since 1992 "the requirements of
registration agencies have considerably increased"...
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