Tunisia 

Trademark - Tunisia

Register your Trademark

Register your trademark with Inventa International and benefit from the following advantages:

Strategic Advice

Our specialists will review the information you provide and advise you on the best strategy to increase your chances of success in obtaining a trademark and protecting your brand.

We prepare the application

We will be in charge of all the procedings related to filing a trademark application based on the chosen strategy.

Trademark Maintenance for 10 years

Inventa International keeps a close eye on every event related to your trademark.

Client Area available

We provide you a secure web based client area to manage your Intellectual Property assets.

Trademark Registration

Process

Monitor the process from the preparation for the trademark application to its maintenance phase. Inventa International will accompany you every step of the way.

Tunisia

Trademark Details and Timeframes

Priority claim

Available

Multi Class Application

Available

Well-known Trademarks

Available

Body responsible for non-use cancellations

Court

Search with legal opinion time frame

10 days

Time until registration

1 year

Opposition Period

60 days

Use requirement period

5 years

Requirements

  •  Power of attorney, simply signed.
  •  Applicant data.
  •  Sample of the mark (not required for word marks).
  •  List of goods and/or services.
  •  Copy of priority document (if applicable).
  •  Power of attorney, simply signed.
  •  Duration: 10 years from the date of the application.
  •  Power of attorney, simply signed.
  •  Deed of Assignment.
  •  Power of attorney, simply signed.
  •  Certificate proving the change of name or an extract from the commercial register.
  •  Power of attorney, simply signed.
  •  Power of attorney from the licensor and licensee, simply signed.
  •  License agreement.

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

Latest news

OPINION

Increase in IP fees could shake up filing in Ghana and Tunisia

Many African countries have raised their IP fees in the past few years. This is due to economic growth, a rising interest in protecting IP assets and the modernisation of countries’ IP systems. For example, in 2017, the Democratic Republic of Congo hiked up its prices by roughly 15% and South Africa’s Trademark Office announced an increase in official fees (effective from 1 October 2019). Egypt has also stated its intention to follow suit for industrial property services payments. This article focuses on Ghana and Tunisia, which have both raised costs for their IP services this year.   Tunisia The Tunisian Ministry of Industry, Energy and Small and Medium-sized Entities issued Decree 29/2020, which declared a radical increase – effective from 27 January – in official payments across all types of IP service. Trademark prosecution fees have gone up by an astonishing 100%, patent prosecution services by 30% and industrial designs prosecution services by 20%. However, it is important to remember that these costs had not changed since 2001 – an update is therefore unsurprising and probably overdue. Although a 100% increase may alarm brand owners and possible investors, in comparison with other countries outside and within Africa, Tunisian fees remain very reasonable and it seems highly unlikely that the volume of IP assets filings will be affected. The cost of registering a trademark is now $142, plus a registration fee of $36 per each trademark. Further, under normal circumstances, a trademark application is approximately $178 per class. Overall, Tunisia’s increase is not that significant when compared to other thriving African countries.   Ghana Ghana’s economy is growing steadily, which may justify the increase in industrial property-related applications and the consequent opportunity to hike up costs. On 19November 2019, the Ghanaian government reviewed its payment structure for industrial property services and allegedly decided that fees in this field will increase by 20%, which is a significant rise, especially with regard to patents. In accordance with the proposed new schedule effective from 19 May 2020, a trademark application will be $240, plus the issuance of the registration certificate, which is a further $240. Further, it will be $440 per class.   This is a co-published article, which was originally published in the World Trademark Review (WTR).

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