Tunisia (TN) to recognise European Patents as National Patents

November 2017

From 1 December 2017, at the applicant's request, it will be possible to designate Tunisia as a “validation state” in European patent applications.  After grant of the European patent and validation in Tunisia, they will confer essentially the same protection as patents granted by the EPO for the now 38 member states of the European Patent Organisation.

Validation for Tunisia will be deemed requested for any European or international application filed on or after 1 December 2017.  It is not available for applications filed prior to that date, or for any European patents resulting from such applications.  The validation fee is EUR 180, which must be paid to the EPO within six months of the date on which the European Patent Bulletin mentions the publication of the European search report, or, where applicable, within the period for performing the acts required for an international application's entry into the European phase.  This is similar the procedure regarding extension states and the same as that regarding the other validation states, Morocco and Moldova.

If clients who are filing new applications on or after 1 December 2017 are interested in extending protection to Tunisia, they should speak to their usual representative about the best course of action.