What is a supplementary protection certificate?

The supplementary protection certificate enables the patent holder to extend the lifetime of certain patents in certain jurisdictions by a number of years.

A supplementary protection certificate exists in some jurisdictions for certain types of products and services which have been patented (in most cases, medical and pharmaceutical products). It enables the patent holder to extend certain rights associated with the patent for an additional period from the initialization. The length of the extension is decided on a case by case basis and is no longer than 7 years.

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