10. July 2014

European patent validation agreement signed with Tunisia

European patent validation agreement signed with Tunisia (4 July 2014):

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. The agreement has to be ratified before it can enter into force.

Accordingly, the request for grant of a European patent (Form 1001) includes new fields, in order to indicate states for which it is intended to pay the validation fee. We believe that in the future the EPO will sign validation agreements with further states. Currently we have found indications that a validation agreement with the Republic of Moldova is in preparation.