"Fees for Supplementary Protection Certificates fall somewhat outside the rationale for keeping fees for intellectual property protection low, as the circumstances for granting SPCs are very different to those for granting patents. As a Supplementary Protection Certificate will provide patent protection to a pharmaceutical company up to a maximum of 25 years, a balance must be struck between paying a premium for
continued market monopoly and allowing for entry into the market for generic medicines.
By comparing current fees charged for Supplementary Protection in all Member States of the European Union, Ireland is currently the fourth least expensive country. In cost per head of population (per million) Ireland ranks as the tenth least expensive country of the EU 27, in line with countries with a population of approximately 10 million, namely Belgium, Sweden, Portugal and the Czech Republic. The preliminary fees for consultation as set out would bring Ireland closer in line with countries with similar population size such as Denmark, Finland and Slovakia".The proposed new fees and European averages are indicated in tabulated form here.