A niche blog dedicated to the issues that arise when supplementary protection certificates (SPCs) extend patents beyond their normal life -- and to the respective positions of patent owners, investors, competitors and consumers. The blog also addresses wider issues that may be of interest or use to those involved in the extension of patent rights. You can email The SPC Blog here

Thursday 19 February 2009

Narrower than requested - more cases?

The SPC Blog has received another question from a reader:

"Is anyone aware of any other cases in Europe other than the Flufacenet case in France and the Sumatriptan case in Germany relating to the national patent offices granting SPCs with narrower product descriptions than the applicant requested, and where the patent office was then asked to re-examine the case? Moreover, does someone have an English translation of the Sumatriptan case that can be shared?"

If anyone has knowledge about other cases, please post your information as a comment below.

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