Trademarks

Law

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.

Conventions/Bodies

Tunisia Joined the Madrid Protocol for the international registration of trademarks and can be designated for the new applications as of October 17, 2013.  Also any previous international registration prior to the said date can be extended to include Tunisia.

Classification

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.

Duration

Protection under the law has been reduced to 10 years from the filing date instead of the designated 15 years currently being implemented. 

Examination

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 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 is completed and no opposition has been filed, then the trademark may mature into registration and a certificate of registration will be issued.

Use

Use of a trademark within a period of 5 years is a must by law. All trademarks registered before the issuance of this law must be used within 5 years from its issuance date. Otherwise, the trademark will be vulnerable to cancellation due to the non use.

Assignment

Any  change of the name, address or ownership could be effected on a trademark application / registration.

Licensing

Any licensing could be effected on a trademark application / registration.

Infringement

Any infringement or unauthorized use of a registered trademark is punishable under the provisions of the current law.

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