We have many years’ experience in advising on rights which supplement the protection provided by the European patent systems.

We file and manage our clients’ Supplementary Protection Certificates and obtain associated paediatric extensions. The field requires close attention and often innovative thinking in view of the constantly evolving case law. We also advise on data exclusivity and other regulatory considerations required in the pharmaceutical and agri-tech sectors.

When dealing with these supplementary rights, there is usually a significant interplay with lifecycle management of the associated patent portfolio. Sometimes decisions will turn on a detailed analysis of claim scope. Our capability across patent prosecution, portfolio management and SPC advice allows us to provide a joined-up approach which our clients find indispensable.

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