Validation agreement with Tunisia enters into force on December 1st, 2017
On July 3, 2014, Tunisia signed a validation agreement with the European Patent Office relating to the possibility for applicants to validate a European Patent in Tunisia.
The European Patent Office has now announced that the agreement would come into force on December 1st, 2017. Therefore, from this date, it will be possible for the applicants to extend the effects of their European patent applications to Tunisia.
1. The entry into force of this validation agreement provides applicants for a European patent with a simple and cost-effective way of obtaining patent protection in Tunisia.
2. In order for a European patent application/patent to produce an effect in Tunisia, it is necessary to file a corresponding request and pay a corresponding validation fee within the deadline for paying the designation fees, i.e.:
- for direct European patent applications, within six months of the date on which the European Patent Bulletin mentions the publication of the European search report, or
- for Euro-PCT applications, within the period for performing the acts required for entry of an international application into the European phase, or within six months of the date of publication of the international search report, whichever is later.
3. In the validation states, the European patent/patent application in principle has the same effects as national applications and patents, is subject to national law and has the same object as the patent granted for EPC contracting states.
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