Tunisia

classification
CLASSIFICATION
11th edition – multiclass application
SEARCH
Possible for word and device marks
examination
EXAMINATION
On formal and absolute grounds
opposition
OPPOSITION
60 days from publication date
protection-term
PROTECTION TERM
10 years from filing date and renewable for like periods
use
USE
Vulnerable to cancellation if mark has not been used for 5 years from filing

Not possible for filing oppositions, counter oppositions, and responding to office actions

Filing Requirements

  • Copy of priority document, if priority is claimed, certified

What you need to know

  • POA must be submitted within 30 days from filing date
  • Priority document may be submitted within 3 months from filing date
EQUIVALENT SEARCH
May be searched by title and patentee name
examination
EXAMINATION
As to form
publications
PUBLICATION
Patents are published in the Industrial Property Bulletin upon allowance
opposition
OPPOSITION
2 months from publication date
annuities
ANNUITIES
Due annually on the anniversary of the international filing date and payable prior to grant. 6 months grace period for late payment with a surcharge
protection-term
PROTECTION TERM
20 years from the international filing date

Filing Requirements

  • Copy of PCT Request
  • Copy of International Publication
  • Copy of International Search Report
  • Copy of International Preliminary Examination Report (if available)
  • 3 copies of the specifications in English, French or Arabic
  • 4 sets of formal drawings
protection-term
PROTECTION TERM
options include 5, 10 or 15 years from filing date
examination
EXAMINATION
As to form only
publications
APPLICATION WITH MULTIPLE FIGURES
Admissible
annuities
RENEWAL
Allowed for two consecutive periods of 5 years each, where the initial duration was 5 years, and for a further period of 5 years where the initial duration was 10 years

Filing Requirements

  • POA, legalized
  • 4 representations of the design
  • 3 short descriptions of the design in English or French
  • Copy of priority document, if priority is claimed, certified

What you need to know

  • Representations of the design and the short descriptions of the design must be submitted at the time of filing
  • POA may be submitted within 30 days of filing date
  • Priority document may be submitted within 3 months of filing date

World Intellectual Property Organization, World Trade Organization, Berne Convention, Madrid Agreement (Source), Nairobi Treaty, Paris Convention, Budapest Treaty, Hague Agreement, Lisbon Agreement, Madrid Protocol, Patent Cooperation Treaty, Nice Agreement, Vienna Agreement, The International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants

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