Tunisia Soon To Be Added as EPO Extension State

An agreement was recently signed on July 3rd between EPO President Benoit Battistelli and Tunisian Minister for Industry, Energy and Mines Kamel Ben adding Tunisia as an EPO extension state. Once this agreement has been ratified, applicants will be able to validate their granted patents into Tunisia, even though Tunisia is not actually a member of the European Patent Commission. Validated European patents in Tunisia would have the same legal status as locally filed patents and subject to Tunisian patent legislation. So is Tunisia on your foreign filing radar?

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