Tunisia 

Paths to protection

Ways to protect your invention

Patents are a way of protecting your inventions. By filing a successful patent you will be awarded a monopoly to exploit your invention for a period of time.

National Patents are the most effective way of defending your invention if you only require protection in a single jurisdiction. If this is not enough for your needs, this country has signed international agreements on patents, which facilitate their internationalization:

PCT (Patent Cooperation Treaty)

The PCT system allows simplified international patent applications which in turn eases national filings.

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Tunisia

Patent Details and Timeframes

Priority claim

Available

Substantive Examination

Unavailable

Body responsible for non-use cancellations

Court

Time until registration

3 years

Opposition Period

2 months

Use Requirement Period

4 years

National Filing Requirements

  •  Power of attorney, simply signed.
  •  Applicant data.
  •  Copy of priority document (if applicable).
  •  Patent title, abstract, description, claims and drawings.
  •  Deed of Assignment.
  •  Power of attorney, simply signed.
  •  Power of attorney, simply signed.
  •  Deed of Assignment.
  •  Power of attorney, simply signed.
  •  Certified copy of the certificate of incorporation or extract from the commercial register.
  •  Power of attorney, simply signed.
  •  Certified copy of the certificate of incorporation or extract from the commercial register.
  •  Power of attorney from the licensor and licensee, simply signed.
  •  License agreement.

Remarks: Deed of Assignment and License Agreement must be accompanied with a certified French or Arabic translation.

PCT Filing

  •  Power of attorney, simply signed.
  •  Applicant data.
  •  Copy of priority document (if applicable).
  •  Patent title, abstract, description, claims and drawings.
  •  Deed of Assignment.
  •  International search report.
  •  Power of attorney, simply signed.
  •  Power of attorney, simply signed.
  •  Deed of Assignment.
  •  Power of attorney, simply signed.
  •  Certified copy of the certificate of incorporation or extract from the commercial register.
  •  Power of attorney, simply signed.
  •  Certified copy of the certificate of incorporation or extract from the commercial register.
  •  Power of attorney from the licensor and licensee, simply signed.
  •  License agreement.

Remarks: Deed of Assignment and License Agreement must be accompanied with a certified French or Arabic translation.

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ANNOUNCEMENT

Tunisia: Procedural changes in trademark applications and oppositions

The new Tunisian decree, Decree No. 2015-303, that repeals the Decree No. 2001-1603, came into force. This decree introduced new changes regarding trademark applications and, mainly, trademark oppositions procedures. The referred alterations are the following: Introduction of electronic filing of applications for the registration of trademarks; Establishment of provisions regarding the trademark registrations through the Madrid Protocol; Prevision of a 2 months period for the filing of any documentation in support of recordings of a change of name, address, ownership or assignment; Extension of the term during which the trademark applicant can file observations to a trademark opposition, from 45 days to two months from the date of the notification of the opposition; Fixation of a term of 8 months from the date of submission of observations for the parties to the trademark opposition to attempt conciliation; Increasing the period (from 1 to 2 months) within which the opponent may furnish proof of use of the trademark on which the opposition is based;  

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