Foreign entrepreneurs wishing to invest in Tunisia must first make sure that they have registered their trademark in the recipient country, so that they can fully enjoy the tools recognized by the Tunisian legal system for the protection of intellectual property. That said, Tunisia is a party to the Madrid agreement and its protocol on the international registration of trademarks and, consequently, the registration (or extension of one's trademark) on the Tunisian territory will take place according to the usual rules codified at international level. The period of validity of a trademark is 10 years, starting from the date of the application, renewable for similar periods. An important suggestion, once the trademark to be registered has been defined, is to verify its novelty, by searching for trademarks that are identical or too similar to those already registered in Tunisia, and transliterate it into Arabic. In fact, terms that in their own language seem to have their own appeal could, on the contrary, be cacophonic or have totally different meanings if translated into Arabic. In any case, it is advisable to protect your brand by registering the appropriate domain name with the extension ".tn".
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