A Ray of Light in Muddy Waters? -The CJEU rules on combination SPCs in C-121/17 Teva v Gilead

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On July 25th 2018, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) rendered its decision in C-121/17 Teva v Gilead , and thereby delivered yet another judgement on the interpretation of crucial provisions in the Regulation No 469/2009 concerning supplementary protection certificates (SPCs) for medicinal products (the SPC regulation). This time the CJEU attempted to clarify the meaning of article 3(a) of the SPC regulation.
Article 3 (a) requires that the “product” that is the subject of the SPC must be “protected by a basic patent in force”. Notwithstanding its central significance for SPC applicants, patent offices, attorneys and Courts, it has for many years not been clear what is exactly protected by a basic patent for SPC purposes, especially in applications where protection is sought for a combination of active ingredients of the medicinal product.
To bring some clarity into these murky waters, a series of referrals for preliminary rulings have reached the CJEU in recent years under the Article 267 TEU procedure. This paper discusses C-121/17 Teva v Gilead, which presents the most recent decision by the CJEU in these matters..
TidsskriftEuropean Pharmaceutical Law Review
Udgave nummer3
Sider (fra-til)169-173
Antal sider5
StatusUdgivet - 2018

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