The status of European States
By extending protection by up to five and a half years, SPCs are one of the most valuable forms of intellectual property. The following document demonstrates availability in most European countries.

1. As an EU “candidate country”, it is not part of the EU yet but it is negotiating (or waiting to start negotiating) EU membership terms

2. As an EU “potential candidate country”, it has been promised the prospect of joining when it is ready

3. Formerly YU

4. An SPC in Switzerland also takes effect in Liechtenstein

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