A Malta Supplementary Protection Certificate (Medicinal) grants a further term of protection of maximum 5 years over and above the Malta standard term of patent protection of 20 years.
An SPC can be applied when the patent is still in force i.e. before the expiry date and the renewal of the SPC will start from the 20th year onwards according to the extension granted.
|Malta standard term of Patent Protection||Further term (SPC)|
|← 20 Years →||+5 Years (max.)|
Filing requirements for Malta SPC Applications:
The lack of applications for pharmaceutical patents, provides fundamental opportunities for generic pharmaceutical companies to develop and produce in Malta.
The reasons why the generic pharmaceutical industry has become one of Malta's most influential industries are mainly based on initiatives by Malta Enterprise (Government Agency) to expand the generic pharmaceutical sector and Malta's geographical location.
These offer a unique and very attractive marketing perspective for generic pharmaceutical manufacturers.