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Frequently Asked Questions
Is there a time frame for the trademark registration approval?

The average time frame for the registration approval is 14 months, if no objections or oppositions arise.


If I register my trademark in Tunisia, do I have protection in other territories?

The territorial limit of registration is Tunisia.

Do I need to sign a Power of Attorney?

Yes, a power of attorney is necessary.

Are there any benefits from a pre-filing use of the trademark?

An applicant does not benefit from pre-filing use of a trademark.

Will there be problems in case I don’t use my trademark after registration?

Attack on the ground of non-use is available. It could be cancelled by any interested third party.

What are the types of trademark that can be registered in Tunisia?
  • words
  • names
  • devices
  • certain three-dimensional shapes
  • colors
  • slogans
  • sounds
  • trade dress/get-up
  • holograms
  • motion
  • collective marks
  • certification marks
  • well-known marks
  • service marks
What are the phases of application after a trademark has been filed in Tunisia?

The order of the application process is examination, publication, and registration


Applications don’t go through examination procedures. . The trademark is registered in the absence of opposition.


The following application details are made available to the public:

  • mark
  • name of applicant
  • address of applicant
  • state or country of incorporation of applicant
  • application number
  • application date
  • goods/services
  • priority claim information
  • representation of trademark
What type of trademark is not registrable?
  • marks contrary to moral standards or public order
  • generic terms
  • names, flags or symbols of states, nations, regions or international organizations
  • non-distinctive trademarks
  • principally as surnames
  • geographic location names
Does Tunisia use the "Nice Classification" system?

Tunisia uses the Nice Classification System.

Does the Community Trademark apply for Tunisia?

Tunisia is not a member of the European Union; hence, the Community Trademark is not effective in this jurisdiction.

Is there any possibility to claim priority in Tunisia?
  • If an applicant's home country is a signatory to the Paris Convention.
  • If the home application was filed within 6 months prior to the application in this jurisdiction.
  • If an applicant's home country is a member of the World Trade Organization.
  • An International Registration can be designated in Tunisia.
What do I need to do to satisfy the use requirement?

A trademark must be used within five years from the filing date.


The amount of use must be on a commercial scale and must occur in Tunisia.

Once my trademark has been registered, for how many years will be valid?

The initial term of a registration is 10 years calculated from the application date.

What will be the renewal date of my trademark?

The first renewal date of a registration is 10 years from the application filing date.

Is it legal to use my trademark even if it is not yet registered?

Use of an unregistered mark for any goods or services is legal. However, it does not provide any legal right to the owner. Rights are obtained primarily through registration.

Does having a registered trademark in Tunisia give me any right?

Registration is obligatory to obtain rights in a trademark. Tunisia follows the "first to file" principle.

What is the web address of the trademark national office?

The national office is not accessible online.

Is there any need to use my trademark before I apply for registration?

Neither actual use nor intent to use is required for application.

Can a Trademark Application be opposed?

The following can be grounds for opposition:

  • proprietary rights
  • notorious or well-known mark
Who can contest my trademark application?

The owner of an earlier right can oppose a trademark application.

Is it possible to cancel a registration?

The following can be grounds for cancellation:

  • proprietary rights
  • notorious or well-known mark
  • trade names
Are there any rights established by having a registered trademark?

The following rights are established by registration:

  • the exclusive right to use the registered trademark
  • the right to file an opposition case against later conflicting applications
  • the right to file a cancellation case against a later conflicting registration
  • the right to sue third parties for infringement
  • the right to license interested parties to use the trademark
  • the right to request for counterfeit goods to be seized by customs authorities
  • the right to receive compensation for infringement
How long is the opposition period?

The opposition period begins on the publication date.


The opposition period ends 60 days after the publication date.

Is Tunisia a member of the Madrid System?

Tunisia is a member of the Madrid Protocol. However, this jurisdiction is not a signatory of the Madrid Agreement. International application may not be designated in this jurisdiction.

Do I need to present periodic statement of use?

Proof of use based on invoices is required.

When should I renew my trademark?

Subsequent renewals last for a period of 10 years from the renewal date of the registration.

What will be the renewal date of my trademark?

The first renewal date of a registration is 10 years from the application filing date.

Is there any documentation that should be presented when renewing a trademark?

A power of attorney is required for renewal.

If my trademark expires, do I have a grace period?

There is no grace period provided for expired trademarks.

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