Dear Valued Clients:
As you may be aware, the Japanese Patent Office (JPO) is extremely strict about missing statutory deadlines.
In particular, the Non-Extendible deadline for entering a PCT application into the Japanese national phase is 30 months (NOT 31 months) from the earliest priority date. If you miss the deadline even by only one day, the Japanese national phase application will not be entered and there will be no means for recovering the application in Japan. Furthermore, the JPO will not take any special measures for missing deadlines due to the coronavirus.
Since holidays in Japan are quite different from those in other countries (the JPO is open on April 10 (Good Friday) and April 13 (Easter Monday)), please do not forget to instruct us before the start of your local holidays to nationalize your important PCT application(s).
If you have any questions regarding this matter, please do not hesitate to contact us at ALP@shigapatent.com.
Thank you for your attention. We wish all of you and your families stay safe and healthy.