Patents: Tunisia

General Information

International Agreements : Paris Convention & PCT

Novelty Requirements : Worldwide Novelty

Claiming priority : Yes

Examination : As to form only

Protection Period : 20 Years as of filing date

Publication : Yes – in the Official Gazette

Opposition : Yes – within 2 months as of publication date

Annuity Payments : Annually

Grace period for Annuity payments : 6 Months with payment of fines

Compulsory Licensing : Yes

Working or nominal working of Patents/Inventions : Yes – required by Law. Working must be effected within four years as from the date of filing or three years as from the date of the grant of the patent.


Filing Requirements

Patent Filing Requirements

  1. A signed and sealed power of attorney.
  2. Three copies of the specification in French.
  3. Three sets of the formal drawings.
  4. A certified copy of the basic application is required when filing a convention application. The priority document should be submitted within 90 days as from the date of application.
  5. Assignment Deed.

Assignment Recordal Requirements

  1. A signed and sealed power of attorney by the assignee.
  2. A deed of the assignment executed by the assignor and assignee together with its 
    sworn French or Arabic translation.

License Recordal Requirements

  1. A signed and sealed power of attorney by the licensee.
  2. A license agreement executed and sealed by both parties together with its sworn 
    French or Arabic translation.


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