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Supplementary protection certificates

supplementary protection certificate (SPC) is an intellectual property right that extends, for a period of up to five years, the patent protection duration for a human or veterinary medicinal or phytopharmaceutical product requiring marketing authorisation. A 6-month additional extension of the corresponding SPC may be obtained for medicinal products that have completed and complied with a paediatric investigation plan. This extended exclusivity helps companies to recover their pharmaceutical research investments.

Kirkpatrick is the leading Belgian IP firm for filing SPC applications.


How Can We Help ?


  • Advice on a SPC protection strategy that considers your specific needs
  • Representing you before BPO with regard to the filing, examination, granting and maintenance of your SPC application
  • Prosecution of your SPC filings throughout Europe via our network of selected associates