Amendments to Regulation No. 477/2012 on Patents


On 25 October 2013 a new Regulation No. 938/2013 was enacted which amends four provisions of Regulation No. 477/2012.  For the most part the amendments are minor corrections, apart from Article 96(2), concerning the period of protection of a Supplementary Protection Certificate (SPC), which now reads:

The initial date of protection corresponds to the effective date of the basic patent but the final date of protection to the number of days the certificate is valid.

The Regulation as amended is available here.