China National Intellectual Property Administration

The China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) will be closed from February 4, 2019 to February 10, 2019 for the Chinese New Year holiday. All official deadlines falling on the above dates will automatically be extended to February 11, 2019. Accordingly, please instruct your Chinese counsel in advance to ensure timely handling of matters due during this period.

Chinese New Year is a Chinese festival that celebrates the beginning of a new year on the traditional Chinese calendar (Lunar calendar). The festival is usually referred to as the Spring Festival. The festival was traditionally a time to honor deities as well as ancestors. The evening preceding Chinese New Year’s Day, called Chuxi (除夕), is frequently regarded as an occasion for Chinese families to gather for the annual reunion dinner. It is also traditional for every family to thoroughly clean their house, in order to sweep away any ill-fortune and to make way for incoming good luck. Another custom is the decoration of windows and doors with red paper-cuts and couplets. Popular themes among these paper-cuts and couplets include that of good fortune or happiness, wealth, and longevity. Other activities include lighting firecrackers and giving money in red paper envelopes.

The China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) will be closed from December 30, 2018 to January 1, 2019 for the New Year holiday. All official deadlines falling on the above dates will be automatically extended to January 2, 2019. Please note that Christmas is not an official holiday in China and the deadlines of CN matters that fall on December 25, 2018 will not be postponed to December 26, 2018. Accordingly, please instruct your Chinese counsel in advance for matters due during this period to ensure timely handling.

A New Year brings new grace for new accomplishments. Wish you all a prosperous New Year.

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