The Israel Patent Office is closed on Fridays and Saturdays. It is also closed on Jewish Holidays, including Rosh Hashana, Yom Kippur and Suckot, and the day before.
The following list sums up when the Israel Patent Office is closed:
|DATE||Israel Patent Office|
|Fri. Sept. 30, 2016||Closed|
|Sun. Oct. 2, 2016||Closed|
|Mon. Oct 3, 2016||Closed|
|Tues. Oct. 4, 2016||Closed|
|Tues. Oct.11, 2016||Closed|
|Wed. Oct.12, 2016||Closed|
|Fri. Oct. 14, 2016||Closed|
|Sun. Oct. 16, 2016||Closed|
|Mon. Oct. 17, 2016||Closed|
|Tues. Oct. 18, 2016||Closed|
|Wed. Oct .19, 2016||Closed|
|Thurs. Oct 20, 2016||Closed|
|Fri. Oct.21 2016||Closed|
|Sun. Oct.23, 2016||Closed|
|Mon. Oct.24, 2016||Closed|
The Chinese Patent Office is closed in the first week of October – from 1 October to 7 October.
On Monday October 3, is the Islamic New Year as well as Rosh Hashana and a number of Patent Offices are closed. The EPO in Munich and the German Patent Office are closed for German Unity Day.
On Oct 8-10, the Japanese Patent Office is closed for Sports Day.
A number of Arab Country Patent Offices and also the Indian Patent Offices are closed on October 11-12, presumably in celebration of Yom Kippur.
October 30 is Diwali and possibly patent offices in Hindu countries are closed. It is also a Sunday, so although the Israel Patent Office is open, many others are not.
October 31 is Halloween (Night of All Saints). I am unaware of official closures, but druid associates may be unavailable.
A marked up calendar showing the various office closures may be found october-calendar-2016.
When a deadline falls on a day that a patent office is closed, typically the deadline is extended to the next working day. This is the case in Israel, US, EPO, etc. I can’t be certain regarding all jurisdictions. It is true for design and trademark prosecution and renewals, not just for patents.
This could be useful if a PCT application is not ready for filing on time. For instance, a PCT application claiming priority from an application filed on 14th October 2015 could be filed with the Israel Patent Office as the receiving office on 25 October 2016. It doesn’t matter that on 14, 16, 18-21 or 23, or even after nightfall on 15, 17, 22, or 24 an Observant Jewish Israeli Patent Attorney could file online. Associates around the world wishing to capitalize on this could make an Israel associate (like me) a co-owner in a jurisdiction of little commercial interest, such as Trinidad and Tobago (no offense intended) and then the PCT application could be filed in Israel and would be considered timely filed and the priority date would be recognized. Worth bearing in mind.
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