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Citation: OJ EPO 2014, A9
Online publication date: 31.1.2014

List of days in 2014 on which EPO filing offices and national patent authorities of the EPC contracting states are closed

I. European patent applications and patents

1. Under Rule 134(1) EPC, periods expiring on a day on which at least one of the EPO's filing offices is not open for receipt of documents are extended to the first day thereafter on which all its filing offices are open for receipt of documents (see also the notice from the President of the EPO dated 2 October 2013, OJ EPO 2013, 534).

2. Under Rule 134(3) EPC, the provisions of Rule 134(1) EPC applies mutatis mutandis where acts are performed with the central industrial property office or other competent authority of a contracting state.

3. The following table indicates the days in 2014 on which the EPO and the said central industrial property offices or other competent authorities are closed for receipt of documents relating to European patent applications and patents. Please note that in the Netherlands, European patent applications and related documents must be filed direct with the EPO in The Hague. Therefore, the information given for the Netherlands in the table is relevant only where its central industrial property office is acting as receiving Office for an international application under the PCT (see Section II below).

4. Individual contracting states are likely during 2014 to fix further days on which their patent authorities are closed. These will be announced in the relevant national publications.

II. Implications for PCT proceedings before the EPO

5. Where, under the PCT, a document or fee must reach the EPO within a period that expires on a day on which at least one of the EPO filing offices is not open to the public for the purposes of transaction of official business, that period expires on the next subsequent day on which all its filing offices are open for receipt of documents and fees (Rule 80.5 PCT). Time-limit extensions under Rule 80.5 PCT may be relevant in particular where the EPO is acting as receiving Office, International Searching Authority (ISA), Supplementary International Searching Authority (SISA) and International Preliminary Examining Authority (IPEA) under the PCT. Applicants are reminded that procedural acts to be performed with the EPO acting in those capacities cannot be conducted at the central industrial property office or other competent authority of a contracting state. There is however one exception: where the national law of a contracting state requires prior authorisation on national-security grounds, the filing of an international application with the EPO as receiving Office via the national office of the contracting state concerned is allowed (Article 151, second sentence, EPC, Article 75(2) EPC).[ 1 ]

6. For PCT proceedings, the table below applies mutatis mutandis for the purposes of Rule 80.5 PCT. Information regarding the days on which WIPO's International Bureau (IB) and national offices of PCT but non-EPC contracting states are closed is published by the IB.[ 2 ]

Holidays

Days

 

EPO
AL
AT
BE
BG
CH/LI
CY
CZ
DE
DK
New Year
1.1.
Epiphany 
6.1.
3

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

Good Friday 
18.4.

 

 

 

 

Easter Monday 
21.4.

 

May Day 
1.5.

 

 

Ascension Day 
29.5.

 

 

 

 

Whit Monday 
9.6.

 

 

 

Corpus Christi 
19.6.
3

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

Assumption Day 
15.8.
3

 

 

 

 

1

 

All Saints Day 
1.11.7
3

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

All Souls Day 
2.11.8

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Feast of the
Conception 
8.12.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christmas Eve 
24.12.

 

 

 

Christmas Day 
25.12.
Boxing Day 
26.12.

 

New Year's Eve
31.12.

 

 

 

 

National  
commemoration day 

 

 

28.11.
26.10.8
21.7. 
3.3. 
1.8. 
25.3 
1.4. 
1.10. 
28.10. 
28.10. 
3.10. 
5.6. 
Saturdays 

 

9
Sundays 

 

Other days

 

5.5.5
3.10.4
29.12. 
30.12. 
2.1. 
14.3. 
28.7. 
4.10. 

 

2.1. 
2.5. 
30.5. 
10.11. 
11.11. 
27.12.7
- 30.12. 
2.5. 
5.5. 
6.5. 
24.5. 
6.9.7
22.9. 
2.1. 
3.3. 
8.5. 
5.7.7
6.7.8
28.9.8
17.11. 
31.10.2
3.1. 
17.4. 
16.5. 
30.5. 
6.6. 
22.12. 
23.12. 
29.12. 
30.12. 

 

Applies only to the Munich site.
Applies only to the Jena sub-office.
Filing office in Munich closed.
Filing offices in Berlin and Munich closed.
Filing office at The Hague closed.
Filing offices in Munich and The Hague closed.
Saturday.
Sunday.
10 The United Kingdom Intellectual Property Office is open on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays for the receipt of European patent applications for which no priority is claimed.
11 Only in Rome.
12 Only in Madrid.
13 The Spanish Patent and Trademark Office is open until 13.00 hrs on Saturdays.
14 Only in Lisbon.
15 The Hungarian Patent Office is closed on Saturdays, except on 10 May, 18 October and 13 December 2014.

 

Days

 

EE
ES
FI
FR
GB
GR
HR
HU
IE
IS
New Year
1.1.
Epiphany 
6.1.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Good Friday 
18.4.

 

 

 

Easter Monday 
21.4.

 

 

May Day 
1.5.

 

 

Ascension Day 
29.5.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Whit Monday 
9.6.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Corpus Christi 
19.6.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Assumption Day 
15.8.

 

 

 

 

 

 

All Saints Day 
1.11.7

 

 

 

 

 

 

All Souls Day 
2.11.8

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Feast of the
Conception 
8.12.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christmas Eve 
24.12.

 

 

 

 

 

Christmas Day 
25.12.
Boxing Day 
26.12.

 

New Year's Eve
31.12.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

National  
commemoration day 

 

 

6.12.7
6.12.7
14.7. 

 

25.3. 
28.10. 
8.10. 
15.3.7
20.8. 
23.10. 
18.3. 
17.6. 
Saturdays 

 

Sundays 

 

Other days

 

24.2. 
23.6. 
24.6. 
20.8. 
17.4. 
2.5.12
15.5.12
9.9.12
20.6. 
2.5. 
8.5. 
10.11. 
11.11. 
5.5. 
26.5. 
25.8. 
3.3. 
22.6.8
25.6. 
5.8. 
2.5. 
24.10. 
6.5. 
4.6. 
5.8. 
28.10. 
17.4. 
24.4. 
4.8. 

 

Applies only to the Munich site.
Applies only to the Jena sub-office.
Filing office in Munich closed.
Filing offices in Berlin and Munich closed.
Filing office at The Hague closed.
Filing offices in Munich and The Hague closed.
Saturday.
Sunday.
10 The United Kingdom Intellectual Property Office is open on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays for the receipt of European patent applications for which no priority is claimed.
11 Only in Rome.
12 Only in Madrid.
13 The Spanish Patent and Trademark Office is open until 13.00 hrs on Saturdays.
14 Only in Lisbon.
15 The Hungarian Patent Office is closed on Saturdays, except on 10 May, 18 October and 13 December 2014.

 

Days

 

IT
LT
LU
LV
MC
MK
MT
NL
NO
PL
New Year
1.1.
Epiphany 
6.1.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Good Friday 
18.4.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Easter Monday 
21.4.

 

May Day 
1.5.

 

Ascension Day 
29.5.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Whit Monday 
9.6.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Corpus Christi 
19.6.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Assumption Day 
15.8.

 

 

 

 

All Saints Day 
1.11.7

 

 

 

 

 

All Souls Day 
2.11.8

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Feast of the
Conception 
8.12.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christmas Eve 
24.12.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christmas Day 
25.12.

 

Boxing Day 
26.12.

 

 

New Year's Eve
31.12.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

National  
commemoration day 

 

25.4. 
16.2.8
11.3. 
23.6. 
5.5. 
17.11. 
18.11. 
19.11. 
2.8.7
8.9. 
11.10.7
23.10. 
31.3. 
7.6.7
8.9. 
21.9.8
13.12.7
27.4.8
17.5.7
11.11. 
Saturdays 

 

Sundays 

 

Other days

 

2.6. 
29.6.8,11
24.6. 
6.7. 8

 

17.4. 
23.6. 
24.6. 
30.12. 
27.1. 
22.5. 
23.5. 
7.1. 
24.5.7
28.7. 
2.8. 
8.12. 
10.2. 
19.3. 
29.6.8
5.5. 
30.5. 
17.4. 
3.5.7

 

Applies only to the Munich site.
Applies only to the Jena sub-office.
Filing office in Munich closed.
Filing offices in Berlin and Munich closed.
Filing office at The Hague closed.
Filing offices in Munich and The Hague closed.
Saturday.
Sunday.
10 The United Kingdom Intellectual Property Office is open on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays for the receipt of European patent applications for which no priority is claimed.
11 Only in Rome.
12 Only in Madrid.
13 The Spanish Patent and Trademark Office is open until 13.00 hrs on Saturdays.
14 Only in Lisbon.
15 The Hungarian Patent Office is closed on Saturdays, except on 10 May, 18 October and 13 December 2014.

 

Days

 

PT
RO
RS
SE
SI
SK
SM
TR
New Year
1.1.
2.1. 
Epiphany 
6.1.

 

 

 

 

 

Good Friday 
18.4.

 

 

 

 

Easter Monday 
21.4.

 

 

 

May Day 
1.5.
Ascension Day 
29.5.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Whit Monday 
9.6.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Corpus Christi 
19.6.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Assumption Day 
15.8.

 

 

 

 

All Saints Day 
1.11.7

 

 

 

 

All Souls Day 
2.11.8

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Feast of the
Conception 
8.12.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christmas Eve 
24.12.

 

 

 

 

 

Christmas Day 
25.12.

 

 

Boxing Day 
26.12.

 

 

 

 

New Year's Eve
31.12.

 

 

 

 

 

 

National  
commemoration day 

 

10.6. 
1.12. 
17.2. 
11.11. 
6.6. 
27.4.8
25.6. 
26.12. 

 

1.4. 
3.9. 
1.10 
23.4. 
19.5. 
30.8.7
29.10. 
Saturdays 

 

Sundays 

 

Other days

 

25.4. 
13.6.14
21.4. 
9.6. 
2.1. 
7.1. 
2.5. 
20.6. 
21.6.7
8.2.7
2.5. 
31.10. 
8.5. 
5.7.7
29.8. 
1.9. 
15.9. 
17.11. 
5.2. 
25.3. 
19.6. 
28.7. 
28.7. 
29.7. 
30.7. 
4.10.7
5.10.8
6.10. 
7.10. 

 

Applies only to the Munich site.
Applies only to the Jena sub-office.
Filing office in Munich closed.
Filing offices in Berlin and Munich closed.
Filing office at The Hague closed.
Filing offices in Munich and The Hague closed.
Saturday.
Sunday.
10 The United Kingdom Intellectual Property Office is open on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays for the receipt of European patent applications for which no priority is claimed.
11 Only in Rome.
12 Only in Madrid.
13 The Spanish Patent and Trademark Office is open until 13.00 hrs on Saturdays.
14 Only in Lisbon.
15 The Hungarian Patent Office is closed on Saturdays, except on 10 May, 18 October and 13 December 2014.

 

 

[ 1 ] See Euro-PCT Guide 2012, points 48 to 50.Cf. Guide euro-PCT 2012, points 48 à 50.

[ 2 ] www.wipo.int/pct/en/closeddates/index.html.

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