Validation of European Patents in Tunisia

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Death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

The staff at Franks & Co were saddened to learn of the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Our thoughts are with His Majesty King Charles III and the rest of the Royal Family.

The United Kingdom is now officially in a period of mourning until after the Queen’s state funeral which is to be held on Monday 19 September. Normal day-to-day business will continue throughout this period.

The UK government has declared the day of the funeral to be a national Bank Holiday, so the United Kingdom Intellectual Property Office will be closed on Monday 19 September.

The United Kingdom Intellectual Property Office’s official guidance on bank holidays is given below:

The office is deemed to be closed on weekends, Good Friday, Christmas Day and all England and Wales bank holidays for all types of business, except for the filing of new applications not claiming priority. If documents are filed for these types of business at times when the office is deemed to be closed, they will receive an official filing date of the next working day.

Any official time period which expires on a weekend or any other day on which the office is closed is extended to the next working day.

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On December 01, 2017 a new validation agreement between the European Patent Organisation and Tunisia will enter into force.

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The total number of countries wherein patent protection may be obtained via a single European patent application will rise to 43 countries.

The resulting European patent will, for either direct European or Euro-PCT patent applications filed on or after December 01, 2017, therefore cover a market having a population of around 700 million people.

For further information about how we can help gain European patent rights or for any other query relating to intellectual property, please get in touch.

Article Published November 20, 2017