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Monday 27 July 2009

SPCs on the Isle of Man

Having been asked a question last week about the legal status of various forms of intellectual property on the Isle of Man, I took the opportunity of checking out what the position was with regard to SPCs. In the Isle of Man, intellectual property is administered by the Treasury Department. The relevant part of its website states:

The Isle of Man does not have its own register of patents for inventions, but the Patents Acts 1949 and 1977 (Acts of Parliament) extend to the Isle of Man. Accordingly patents registered in the United Kingdom Patent Office or in the European Patent Office are thus protected under Manx law for 20 years from application for registration.

"Supplementary protection certificates" giving an extended period of protection for medicinal products and plant protection products under Regulation (EEC) 1768/92 and Regulation (EC) 1610/96 are given legal effect in the Isle of Man".

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