A bumper crop of SPC rulings from the CJEU – Part 1: When is an ingredient “active”?
For those having an interest in Supplementary Protection Certificates (SPCs), the months spanning November 2013 to February 2014 have been an important period. Thus is because the CJEU has produced no fewer than six judgments and one Advocate-General’s opinion during that period.
All of the six rulings, as well as the opinion, are significant in terms of their impact upon either the availability of SPC protection or the duration of that protection.
This article, which focuses upon Article 1 of the SPC legislation, is the first in a series of three that aims to explain the various developments, as well as their likely practical significance.
Author – Dr Mike Snodin
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