Copyright Law No. 36 of 1994 governs the protection of copyright in Tunisia. Although the law was published in the Official Gazette in 1994, but until now, no procedure has been implemented for the registration of copyright.
Protection is granted to authors of literary, artistic and scientific works whatever the value, kind or purpose or way of expression is. Generally, the protection is provided for the works whose means of expression is writing, sound, drawing, image or motion picture. It also includes creative titles and computer software which are published, acted or displayed for the first time in Tunisia. Such works are protected for the lifetime of the author plus 50 years following his/her death, while the protection period of software is for 25 years from the grant.
The National Council for Culture is entitled to authorize documentary, translations, educational, cultural or scientific use under certain conditions.
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Tunisia is a member of the Hague Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Industrial Designs. Designs and industrial models are protected through registration with the competent authority; the Institut National de la Normalisation et de la Propriete Industrielle (INNORPI). Such registration is effected without novelty examination at the applicant's responsibility.
A design or an industrial model registration is granted for 5, 10 or 15 years starting from the date of filing the application. A registrant for the shorter terms has the option of applying for the extension of the protection period by the maximum duration of 15 years.
A registration of a design or an industrial model is subject to cancellation in the event any interested party requests such a cancellation before the competent tribunal, provided that the contestant has also filed an application for the same design or model.
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The Tunisian Internet Agency is the local registry for the Top-Level Domain Name (.tn) for Tunisia.
.com.tn: commercial companies
.intl.tn: companies working under international treaties and foreign diplomaticm representatives
.gov.tn: ministries, governorates, municipalities and Tunisian diplomatic representatives abroad
.org.tn: non-governmental organizations, non-profit organizations and societies
.ind.tn: industrial companies, industrial groups and chambers of commerce and industry
Tunisia has been a member of the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) since December 10, 2001. Any international PCT application made as of the aforementioned date may designate Tunisia.
Once an application for the registration of a patent is filed, it is examined as to form only. The Tunisian Patent Office does not carry out any examination as to novelty or merit of the invention.
A patent application is published in the Al-Muwassafat quarterly gazette published by the Institut National de la Normalisation et de la Propriete Industrielle (INNORPI), together with a summary of the contents thereof. The grant of a patent is also published. There are no provisions in the law as to appealing the decisions of the Registrar.
The provisions of the patent law in Tunisia stipulate that a patent application should be filed before the invention has been published, or used, or has otherwise received sufficient publicity to allow it to be put into practice ...
Trademark Law No. 36 was issued on April 17, 2001 in Tunisia. This law replaced the Tunisian Trademarks and Trade Names law Dated June 4, 1889 and its amendment of 1936. The International Classification of Goods and Services for the Purposes of the Registration of Marks under the Nice Agreement is followed in Tunisia, and the revision of class 42 with the creation of classes 43 to 45 has been adopted as of January 1, 2002.
The law addresses several aspects, some of which are in compliance with the Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) Agreement. These aspects include protecting color, sound and collective marks, acknowledging well-known trademarks, as well as allowing the examination by the Tunisian authorities of trademarks published in the Trademark Office Official Gazette “Al-Muwassafat”.
Following the publication, a period of 2 months is given, in which an opposition maybe filed by any party. Once the opposition period ...