The President of the European Patent Office and the Director-General of Tunisia's National Standardisation and Industrial Property Institute (INNORPI) have announced that, with effect from 1st December 2017, European patents can be validated in Tunisia and thus regarded as national Tunisian rights, subject to Tunisian patent legislation. This validation agreement with Tunisia, which follows similar agreements with Morocco and the Republic of Moldova in 2015, will bring to 43 the total number of countries in which an invention can be protected through the single European examination and grant procedure.