Patents and Utility Models: Supplementary Protection Certificates

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Swiss marketing authorisations can start the clock for SPCs

Swiss marketing authorisations for pharmaceuticals also cover Liechtenstein. Swiss marketing authorisations can be obtained quite quickly, but beware! Because they allow you to sell in Liechtenstein, which is in the EU, they may be the first marketing authorisation in the EU for the purpose of calculating the length of a Supplementary Protection Certificate (SPC).


Plant Protection and Pharmaceutical Products

Supplementary Protection Certificates for Plant Protection Products came into force in Greece on February 8, 1997 and for Pharmaceutical Products on 2nd January 1998. They are issued by the Greek Industrial Property Organisation (OBI), when the application and supporting documentation becomes available to the public. Annual renewal fees are payable.

An SPC may be obtained if:

  • the product is protected by a basic patent in force at the time of applying for the SPC;
  • the product has not already been the subject of an SPC;
  • an authorisation to place the produce on the Greek market has been granted; and
  • that authorisation is the first authorisation to place the product on the Greek market.