The China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) will be closed from October 1, 2018 to October 7, 2018 for the Chinese National Day holiday. All official deadlines falling on the above dates will be automatically extended to October 8, 2018.  Accordingly, please provide your Chinese counsel with instructions for actions due as soon as possible to avoid a rush immediately after the holiday.

Similar to Independence Day in the U.S., Chinese National Day celebrates the founding of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) (in 1949). During the National Day holiday (which is actually a week-long holiday period commonly referred to as a “golden week”), Chinese often travel both domestically and internationally (with Southeast Asia being particularly popular) during the holiday.  Many Chinese cities also host fireworks, concerts and light shows.