A niche blog dedicated to the issues that arise when supplementary protection certificates (SPCs) extend patents beyond their normal life -- and to the respective positions of patent owners, investors, competitors and consumers. The blog also addresses wider issues that may be of interest or use to those involved in the extension of patent rights. You can email The SPC Blog here
Friday, 5 March 2010
The fees prescribed in the Regulations are revised on an annual basis following consultation and are based on an assessment of the costs associated with the functions in association with which fees are charged.
You might be forgiven for not spotting it, but there's a tiny reference to paediatric extensions and supplementary protection certificates hidden away in paragraph 10(4) of Schedule V ("Waiver, Reduction or Refund of Capital Fees"). You can spend the first half of your weekend looking for it and the second half wondering what it all means ...