Syngenta v. Dutch Patent Office, Council of State, 18 February 2015, case no. 201406096/1/A3, with thanks to Edmon Oude Elferink, Conny Delissen, Willem Hoorneman and Rogier de Vrey, CMS Derks Star Busmann, for sending in a translation of the decision in English as well as a head note
The Dutch Council of State -the highest administrative court in the Netherlands- decides that it is possible to rectify – in this case: extend – the term of protection of an SPC, after it has been granted, if the term of protection of the certificate is incorrectly calculated.
In this case, the Netherlands Patent Office ("NPO") granted Syngenta an SPC on 9 December 2005 on the basis of a ('mono') Polish MA. It is now undisputed, after the University of Queensland judgment of the ECJ (C-630/10), that the SPC was granted on the basis of the wrong MA. The NPO should have used the Finnish "combi-MA" for the calculation of the term of the SPC. As a result, the certificate was valid until 24 March 2014 while, had the Finnish "combi-MA" been used, the term of the certificate would have extended for more than 1½ year.