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Tunisia: Approving the European Patent Validation Law

February 26, 2016

Tunisia recently approved the European Patent Validation Law, which will enter into force following issuance of the related implementing regulations.  This comes one year and a half following the agreement between the Tunisian Patent Office (INNORPI) and the EPO allowing European patent applications to designate TN and eventually for the EP grants to be validated in Tunisia.  Although Tunisia is not an EPC member state, the Law provides the country a pseudo-EPC status with regards to patent procurement, and is expected to encourage more filings and more foreign investment.

As a reminder, the Moroccan Patent Office signed a similar agreement in December 2010, saw the law voted in December 2014, and entered into force on May 1, 2015.

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