Supplementary Protection Certificates

We are the firm of reference in Spain for filing and prosecuting SPC applications

Our expertise in SPCs is your best partner

Supplementary Protection Certificates (SPCs), and the associated pediatric extensions, are key assets of the pharmaceutical industry for extending the duration of the protection of medicaments and maintaining the exclusivity and sales in the last years of the patent life cycle. They are economically very valuable.

The case law relating to SPCs is highly complex and rapidly evolving, but we are at the forefront of the law in this very specialized area. We have solved difficult situations and obtained effective protection for blockbuster drugs.

SPCs for active ingredients

So far, we have directly handled the prosecution of more than 160 SPC applications at the Spanish Patent & Trademark Office, and coordinated the filing and prosecution of several SPC families in other European countries for important active ingredients.

Over the years we have acquired a lot of experience in the European Regulation 469/2009, dealing with all sort of objections arising from the SPC prosecution practice before the Spanish Patent and Trademark Office and the Spanish administrative courts. Also in infringement and nullity proceedings relating to SPCs.

For example, we were coordinating SPC applications in several countries for the product Circadin (melatonin) for our client Neurim Pharmaceuticals. This resulted in a referral and decision of the Court of Justice of the EU that changed the game and opened the door to obtaining additional SPCs for second medical uses of medicaments.

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Juan Arias

Juan Arias

Managing partner

Juan founded ABG in 2003. He has more than 25 years of experience in IP

Francisco Bernardo

Francisco Bernardo

Managing Partner

Francisco founded ABG in 2003 and is Managing Partner. He has 30 years of experience in IP

Enric Carbonell

Enric Carbonell

Partner

Enric is European Patent Attorney and is partner in charge of the Barcelona office. He has more than 25 years of experience in IP

Almudena Fernández

Almudena Fernández

Partner

Almudena is European Patent Attorney. She holds a PhD in Chemistry and is a partner in the Chemistry & Materials and Pharma Departments

Tomás Llamas

Tomás Llamas

Associate

Tomás is European Patent Attorney since 2012. He holds a Ph.D. in Chemistry and is an associate in the Chemistry & Materials Department

Marta Rodríguez

Marta Rodríguez

Associate

Marta is an European Patent Attorney and Spanish Patent and Trademark Agent. She is an associate in the Chemistry & Materials Department

Sofía Petterson

Sofia Pettersson

Associate

Sofia is European Patent Attorney (EQE, 2015). She holds a PhD in Chemistry and is an associate in the Chemistry & Materiales Department

Iain A. McGeoch

Iain A. McGeoch

Associate

Iain is European Patent Attorney and holds a M.Sc. in Medicinal Chemistry.He is an associate and responsible for ABG’s Basque Country office

André Santos

André Santos

Patent Adviser

André holds a PhD in Organic Chemistry. He joined ABG in 2016 and is a patent adviser in the Chemistry and Pharma Departments

Virginia Gómez

Virginia Gómez

Patent Adviser

Virginia is Spanish Patent and Trademark Agent and she holds a PhD in Chemical Engineering