Patents

International Arrangements:

  • Paris Union (from 14 June 1965)
  • WIPO (from 5 June 1971)
  • PCT (from 10 December 2001)

Types of Patents Available:

  • Patents of Invention
  • National Phase PCT application

Novelty Requirement:

  • Absolute novelty is required.

Patentability:

  • Pharmaceutical compositions are not patentable.

Filing Requirements:

National Phase PCT Application:

  • Tunisia recently joined PCT, the patent legislation has not yet been amended to include the filing requirements for national phase PCT applications.

  Patents of Invention (non-PCT):

  • Power of Attorney (simply signed) (required on the day of filing)
  • Specification, claims and abstract in English, Arabic or French (required on the day of filing)
  • Formal drawings, if applicable (required on the day of filing)
  • Assignment of Priority Rights (can be late filed, no set deadline)
  • Priority document (with verified translation into language in which the application was filed) (can be late filed within three months)

Grant:

The term of a patent is twenty years from the filing date.

Renewal:

Renewal fees fall due annually commencing on the first anniversary of the filing date.

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