Benoît Battistelli (pictured, right) President of the European Patent Office (EPO), and Kamel Ben Naceur, Tunisian Minister for Industry, Energy and Mines, signed an agreement on the validation of European patents for Tunisia. This will simplify access to patent protection in Tunisia for European patent applicants and proprietors. The agreement has to be ratified before it can enter into force. It also is bound up with ongoing discussions on a possible deep and comprehensive free-trade agreement between Tunisia and the EU.
The chief co-operation activities are the training of examiners of the Tunisian Patent Office (National Standardization and Industrial Property Institute (INNORPI)) in prior-art searching and in drafting written opinions on the patentability of applications filed directly with INNORPI. The EPO and INNORPI also co‑operate in the field of Tunisian patent document publication.
- European Patent Office (EPO), Munich, Germany