Validation of European patents in Tunisia

The European Patent Office (EPO) has entered into an agreement with Tunisia allowing for the validation of European patents. The validation agreement will enter into force effective 1 December 2017 from which date Tunisia may be designated in European patent applications. The agreement is renewable at 5 yearly intervals and Tunisia may withdraw from the agreement at any time.

A European patent validated in Tunisia will have the same legal effect as a Tunisia national patent, and will be subject to Tunisian Patent Law. Tunisia is a so-called Extension State in terms of the EPC (States recognising European patents upon request).

The national Patent law in Tunisia does not appear to have been revised to ensure that the patent legislation is compliant and harmonised with the EPC. At this stage, it is not clear what documents will be required for validation and the associated costs.

Patent protection in Tunisia is also available through the filing of national patent applications and PCT national phase applications.

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Date published: 6 November 2017
Author: Spoor & Fisher

Tags: patents Tunisia The European Patent Office (EPO)