A supplementary protection certificate (SPC) is an intellectual property right that extends, for a period of up to five years, the patent protection duration for a human or veterinary medicinal or phytopharmaceutical product requiring marketing authorisation. A 6-month additional extension of the corresponding SPC may be obtained for medicinal products that have completed and complied with a paediatric investigation plan. This extended exclusivity helps companies to recover their pharmaceutical research investments.
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A patent gives its holder the right to prevent others from using or exploiting the patented invention in the territory where the patent is valid. A patent also contributes to valorizing R&D efforts, such as by generating revenues through licensing or sales of patent rights, or by attracting investors.
A trademark is a sign such as a name, a logo, a combination of letters and/or numbers, a slogan, a colour or a combination of colours, a sound, the shape of a product or its packaging, or any other symbol. This sign is used to distinguish a company's products or services from those of his competitors.