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Handbook European SPCs Unravelled published

Written by: Vondst Newsdesk

8 January 2019

Ricardo Dijkstra, Carly van der Beek and Berber van der Wansem contributed to the handbook European SPCs Unravelled, A Practitioner’s Guide to Supplementary Protection Certificates in Europe, which is published by Wolters Kluwer.

While supplementary protection certificates (SPCs) are governed by the same substantive rules in all Member States of the European Union and the European Economic Area, they are national IP rights. The formal requirements and procedural practices of the national patent offices granting SPCs still differ significantly, and these divergences can have a substantial impact in the prosecution of SPCs across Europe. This one-of-a-kind handbook provides an easily accessible overview of SPC law in Europe, covering all substantive and procedural aspects of prosecution, enforcement and invalidation, as well as SPC related aspects of unfair competition law.

Following an overarching European chapter, which addresses general considerations and the relevant European Union law, including the jurisprudence of the Court of Justice (CJEU) and the EFTA Court, this book contains separate national chapters for eleven key jurisdictions – i.e., Germany, the United Kingdom, France, the Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Sweden, Iceland, and Switzerland, as well as a concluding chapter summarizing the fundamentals of SPC law and practice in sixteen further European countries. The contributors to this book, all experts in the field of SPCs in their respective jurisdictions, provide clear and hands-on guidance on a range of specific topics of practical and strategic relevance, including:

  • What is or is not an ‘active ingredient’ amenable to SPC protection?
  • What is required for an active ingredient to be ‘protected’ by a basic patent?
  • What relevance has the ‘core inventive advance’ of the basic patent?
  • Can SPCs be obtained for ‘loose’ combinations of separately formulated active ingredients?
  • Which basic patent should be chosen for an SPC filing?
  • Which types of marketing authorizations can be relied upon?
  • Under which conditions can SPCs be obtained for a new specific salt, ester or other derivative of a previously approved active ingredient, for a new specific enantiomer of a previously approved racemate, and for new therapeutic applications of previously approved active ingredients?
  • Can affiliated companies obtain several SPCs for the same product?
  • Does the revocation of an SPC enable the filing of a new SPC for the same product?
  • What are the limits to the filing of ‘unfriendly’ SPCs based on third-party marketing authorizations?
  • What relevance does the product definition of an SPC have for its scope of protection?
  • What is the scope of protection of an SPC in relation to derivatives of an active ingredient?
  • How is the SPC term calculated, and how can an erroneous term be corrected?
  • How can SPCs and paediatric extensions be invalidated, and which grounds of invalidity can be invoked?
  • What pitfalls must be avoided in terms of unfair competition law?

This book provides invaluable assistance to IP practitioners in devising successful pan-European SPC filing strategies. Its practice-oriented, country-by-country format makes it easy to compare the national practices and the respective national case law of the different European countries.

The book can be ordered here: https://lrus.wolterskluwer.com/store/product/european-spcs-unravelled-a-practitioner-s-guide-to-supplementary-protection-certificates-in-europe/