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Is Your Patent Portfolio SPC Ready?

— Speakers: Chris Milton, Graham Lewis

A Supplementary Protection Certificate (SPC) is a unique intellectual property right available in the EU/EEA for active ingredients of human and veterinary medicinal products requiring marketing authorisation. The SPC regime was introduced as a mechanism to compensate patent holders for loss in effective patent term resulting from the time taken to receive such marketing authorisation. There are only four basic requirements for grant of an SPC, but each has provoked multiple referrals to the CJEU and the complex and changing interpretation of these requirements can be daunting even for seasoned professionals. This webinar makes use of the significant experience of J A Kemp’s attorneys in filing and prosecuting SPCs across Europe, and will use case studies to illustrate our tips for preparing your patent portfolio to take maximum advantage of the SPC system.

Topics include:

  • Optimising patent claims for SPC purposes
  • Choosing the right patent for your SPC application
  • Planning ownership for multiple SPCs
  • Strategic use of divisional applications to maximise SPC term
  • Third party considerations