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SPC applications

Supplementary Protection Certificate enables some of the inventions already protected by patents to last 25 instead of only 20 years. These inventions must be related to the protection of biologically active agents, namely human or veterinary medicaments and plant protection products. This change in duration compensates for the long time needed to obtain regulatory approval of these products (i.e. authorization to put these products on the market). Montenegro and Kosovo do not currently recognize SPC filings, although their IP laws regulate this matter, but predict the use of SPC protection only once they join the EU. Contact us for our detailed SPC Tariff, which contains costs for filing of SPC and fees associated with the additional annuities.