Pursuant to Decree no. 67 of 2017 and the agreement signed between the European Patent Office and the Tunisian Patent Office (INNORPI) in July 2014, European patent applications filed on or after December 1, 2017 can designate TN and European patent grants can be validated in Tunisia.
Although Tunisia is not a European Patent Convention 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.
It will still be possible to file patent applications in Tunisia via PCT national stage entry or claiming Paris Convention.
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