Japanese Patent Office Holidays

Japanese Patent Office Holidays

The holiday season is upon us, and as always, particular attention should be paid to all matters having deadlines falling at the end of December and the beginning of January.  Please note the holidays below.

* Both our office and the JPO will be closed on Friday, December 23, 2016.
* The JPO will be closed from Thursday, December 29, 2016 to Tuesday January 3, 2017.
* Our office will be closed from Friday, December 30, 2016 to Tuesday, January 3, 2017.
* Monday, January 9, 2017, is a national holiday in Japan. Both our office and the JPO will be closed.

Official deadlines at the Japanese Patent Office which fall on the above-mentioned holidays will automatically be extended to the next working day.

Since some of our foreign clients will have holidays during the week of December 19, we may not be able to communicate with such clients for the entire two weeks.

Accordingly, please provide us with your instructions by December 16, 2016 (Japan Time), for the cases which are due between Friday, December 23, 2016, and Tuesday, January 3, 2017. If we cannot receive your instructions by December 16, 2016 (Japan Time), please understand that we may have to request a one-month extension, if available.

Our best wishes to you and yours this holiday season, and a very happy new year to you all!

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