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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 2020 Holiday Schedule

Date National Holiday JPO Closure Our Firm Closure
December 29, 2020 ----------
December 30, 2020 ----------
December 31, 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).

Year 2021 Holiday Schedule

Date National Holiday JPO Closure Our Firm Closure
January 1, 2021 New Year's Day
January 2, 2021 ----------
January 3, 2021 ----------
January 4, 2021 ----------
January 11, 2021 Coming-of-Age Day
February 11, 2021 National Foundation Day
February 23, 2021 Emperor’s Birthday
March 20, 2021 Vernal Equinox Day
April 29, 2021 Showa Day
May 3, 2021 Constitution Memorial Day
May 4, 2021 Greenery/ Green Day
May 5, 2021 Children's Day
July 22, 2021 Marine Day
July 23, 2021 Sports Day
August 8, 2021 Mountain Day
August 9, 2021 Substitute Holiday for Mountain Day
September 20, 2021 Respect for the Aged Day
September 23, Autumnal Equinox Day
November 3, 2021 Culture Day
November 23, 2021 Labor Thanksgiving Day
December 29, 2021 ----------
December 30, 2021 ----------
December 31, 2021 ----------

Year 2022 Holiday Schedule

Date National Holiday JPO Closure Our Firm Closure
January 1, 2022 New Year's Day
January 2, 2022 ----------
January 3, 2022 ----------

"" 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, 2022 will be updated in December 2021.

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