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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 2017 Holiday Schedule

Date National Holiday JPO Closure Our Firm Closure
December 23, 2017 The Emperor's Birthday
December 29, 2017 ----------
December 30, 2017 ----------
December 31, 2017 ----------

"" 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 2018 Holiday Schedule

Date National Holiday JPO Closure Our Firm Closure
January 1, 2018 New Year's Day
January 2, 2018 ----------
January 3, 2018 ----------
January 4, 2018 ----------
January 8, 2018 Coming of Age Day
February 11, 2018 National Foundation Day
February 12, 2018 Substitute Holiday for National Foundation Day
March 21, 2018 Vernal Equinox Day
April 29, 2018 Showa Day
April 30, 2018 Substitute Holiday for Showa Day
May 3, 2018 Constitution Memorial Day
May 4, 2018 Greenery/ Green Day
May 5, 2018 Children's Day
July 16, 2018 Marine Day
August 11, 2018 Mountain Day
September 17, 2018 Respect-for-the-Aged Day
September 23, 2018 Autumnal Equinox Day
September 24, 2018 Substitute Holiday for Autumnal Equinox Day
October 8, 2018 Health and Sports Day
November 3, 2018 Culture Day
November 23, 2018 Labor Thanksgiving Day
December 23, 2018 The Emperor's Birthday
December 24, 2018 Substitute Holiday for The Emperor's Birthday
December 29, 2018 ----------
December 30, 2018 ----------
December 31, 2018 ----------

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 ----------

"" 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, 2019 will be updated in December 2018.

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