Research report 2017 - Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition
Study on Supplementary Protection Certificates
Kur, Annette; Romandini, Roberto
Max Planck Institut für Innovation and Wettbewerb, München
SummarySupplementary Protection Certificates (SPC) prolong patent protection in the field of pharmacological and plant protection products. A study at the Max-Planck-Institute for Innovation and Competition examines the functioning of the system and proposes reforms. These proposals concern especially the elimination of uncertainties created by, among others, the case law of the Court of Justice of the European Union, the development of a union-wide system as well as the expansion of the existing exceptions and limitations.