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Holidays and Office Closure

Japan Patent Office (JPO) and our firm are closed on Saturdays, Sundays and National Holidays ("" in Holiday Schedule below.). JPO as well as our firm will be also closed on some other days indicated by "" and "" in Holiday Schedule.

Where the last day of a period prescribed for the filing of an application or demand or for any other procedure relating to a patent, a utility model, a design and a trademark falls on a Saturday, a Sunday or a holiday referred to in each of the items of Article 1(1) of the Law concerning holidays of administrative organizations (Law No.91 of 1988), the last day of the period shall be the day following such holiday or holidays.
(Article 3-2 of the Patent Law (shall apply mutatis mutandis to Article 2-5-1 of the Utility Model Law, Article 68-1of the Design Law, and Article 77-1 of the Trademark Law.))

If you have matters with deadlines falling on/around the holidays or urgent matters to be handled before the holidays, please contact us well in advance.

Year 2018 Holiday Schedule

Date National Holiday JPO Closure Our Firm Closure
December 24, 2018 Substitute Holiday for Emperor's Birthday
December 29, 2018 ----------
December 30, 2018 ----------
December 31, 2018 ----------

"" and "" : JPO and our firm will be closed.
"" : JPO will be open, while our firm will be closed.

Japan Standard Time (JST) is 9 hours ahead of Coordinated Universal Time (UTC)/Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).

Year 2019 Holiday Schedule

Date National Holiday JPO Closure Our Firm Closure
January 1, 2019 New Year's Day
January 2, 2019 ----------
January 3, 2019 ----------
January 4, 2019 ----------
January 14, 2019 Coming of Age Day
February 11, 2019 National Foundation Day
March 21, 2019 Vernal Equinox Day
April 29, 2019 Showa Day
April 30, 2019 Public Holiday
May 1, 2019 Emperor's Coronation Day
May 2, 2019 Public Holiday
May 3, 2019 Constitution Memorial Day
May 4, 2019 Greenery/ Green Day
May 5, 2019 Children's Day
May 6, 2019 Substitute Holiday for Children's Day
July 15, 2019 Marine Day
August 11, 2019 Mountain Day
August 12, 2019 Substitute Holiday for Mountain Day
September 16, 2019 Respect for the Aged Day
September 23, 2019 Autumnal Equinox Day
October 14, 2019 Health and Sports Day
October 22, 2019 Enthronement Ceremony Day
November 3, 2019 Culture Day
November 4, 2019 Substitute Holiday for Culture Day
November 23, 2019 Labor Thanksgiving Day
December 28, 2019 ----------
December 29, 2019 ----------
December 30, 2019 ----------
December 31, 2019 ----------

Year 2020 Holiday Schedule

Date National Holiday JPO Closure Our Firm Closure
January 1, 2020 New Year's Day
January 2, 2020 ----------
January 3, 2020 ----------

"" and "" : JPO and our firm will be closed.
"" : JPO will be open, while our firm will be closed.

Japan Standard Time (JST) is 9 hours ahead of Coordinated Universal Time (UTC)/Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).

Holiday schedule from January 4, 2020 will be updated in December 2019.

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