The European Patent Office (EPO), and the Tunisian Minister for Industry, Energy and Mines, signed an agreement on the validation of European patents for Tunisia.
Under the terms of the agreement, European patent applicants and proprietors will be able to validate the legal effects of their European patents and applications on Tunisian territory, even though Tunisia is not an EPO member state. Validated European patent applications and patents will have the same legal effect as Tunisian national applications and patents, and will be subject only to Tunisian patent legislation.
"This is a strategic breakthrough for the patent system in Tunisia", declared EPO President Benoît Battistelli. "The agreement will simplify access to patent protection in Tunisia for European patent applicants and proprietors. Ultimately it will help to strengthen innovation in the country and open up new industrial and commercial prospects for foreign investors."
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