Judgment of the Court (Second Chamber) of 8 December 2011.
Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp. v Deutsches Patent- und Markenamt.
Reference for a preliminary ruling: Bundespatentgericht - Germany.
Intellectual and industrial property - Patents - Regulation (EEC) No 1768/92 - Article 13 - Supplementary protection certificate for medicinal products - Possibility of granting that certificate where the period that has elapsed between the date of the lodging of the basic patent application and the first marketing authorisation in the European Union is less than five years - Regulation (EC) No 1901/2006 - Article 36 - Extension of the duration of the supplementary protection certificate.
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