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SPC

SPC

The Supplementary Protection Certificate (SPC) is a form of legal protection that extends the protection granted by a patent (called a "basic patent") to a medicinal product or plant protection product.

The certificate is issued if in Bulgaria on the date of filing the application with the Patent Office:

the product is protected by a valid basic patent;
a valid marketing authorization has been granted as a medicinal product or as a plant protection product in accordance with the current EEC Directive;
the product has never been the subject of a certificate;
the authorization referred to above is the first marketing authorization as a medicinal product or as a plant protection product.

The application for a certificate shall be submitted within six months of the date on which the marketing authorization was granted for a medicinal product or for a plant protection product. Where the marketing authorization was granted before the grant of the basic patent, the application for the certificate shall be filed within six months of the date on which the publication of the patent was made.

Filing requirements:

1. Number of the basic patent (Bulgarian Patent or European Patent).
2. Copy of first marketing authorization.
3. Summary of Product Characteristics (for medicinal product only).
4. Optional - description of the product and any additional information.
5. Power of Attorney.

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