Dear Clients and Associates:
The recovery against COVID-19 pandemic is expected to steadily progress for some time and on behalf of all us at the Firm, I want to let you know that our thoughts are with those who are directly affected by COVID-19.
Our Firm has successfully maintained its fully operational status by our remote work from home arrangement, which was swiftly implemented in response to the COVID-19 emergency in early spring 2020.
By active use of remote work, we achieved our primary goals of protecting the health and well-being of our people and maintaining our ability to provide top notch legal and intellectual property services to our clients and associates without any disruption or interruption; and we are always here, ready to support you. We are also adopting all relevant government health guidance to ensure a safe work environment in all of our offices.
Please regularly visit our website for periodic Covid19-related updates (below).
Now in the post-COVID-19 world, we indomitably enter a new era of the digital workplace fortified by the fact that Team SY possesses a strong teamwork culture of high adaptability, close interaction and tech savviness. Every SY team member is highly motivated and empowered with exceptional and flexible work-from-home skillsets and solutions to provide outstanding client outcomes with enhanced productivity, creativity and innovation.
Throughout history, mankind has battled and prevailed over many infectious diseases and our Firm is making our utmost contributions in the current fight against COVID-19 by protecting cutting edge inventions and innovations that will prevent, treat and mitigate the lethal effects of the virus. I’d like to thank every one of our staff members for their team spirit, unity and grit in these extraordinary times.
As a highly trusted leading Japanese law practice, we are responsible for serving and protecting our clients’ legal interests and this will only be accomplished by our continued focus on speed, quality, passion, value, client service and resilience.
I am very proud to say that Team SY is built for tough times, thanks to our decades of deep legal & intellectual property experience, our expert handling of tough legal cases that others decline and the dogged determination of our professionals who possess a proven track record of flexibility, perseverance and success. Everyone on our team will be focused on you and we promise to consistently exceed your expectations, take a collaborative approach in working with you, and provide you with optimal results.
Our firm’s unshakable mission is supporting your legal success in the Japanese and world markets. To our loyal clients and associates, I thank you for your continued partnership, warm support and close collaboration with us in these challenging times.
We are more than your legal services provider; we are your partner and together we will overcome these difficult times – that’s what we do. By working together and supporting one another, we will enable a speedy recovery worldwide and we will emerge stronger and better from these unprecedented times.
Stay safe, Stay healthy!
Kensaku Yamamoto, Esq.
Update #4 - May 25, 2020 - Government of Japan ends Covid-19 State of Emergency
On May 25, 2020, the Government of Japan declared the end of the Covid19-related State of Emergency that commenced on April 7, 2020.
This is the relevant English language link from the Prime Minister's Office
Update #3 - April 30, 2020 - JPO Flexible Approach in Granting Relief for COVID-19-impacted procedures
The JPO has announced "flexible approaches until further notice (e.g. applicants are not required to submit document evidence supporting their reasons)" in granting relief measures for procedures negatively affected by the Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19).
This is the relevant English language link from the JPO
Update #2 - April 3, 2020 - JPO COVID-19 DEADLINE MEASURES
In the event that the applicant is unable to meet patent-related or trademark-related deadlines due to the COVID-19 pandemic, as from April 3, 2020, the JPO may grant relief subject to the applicant successfully demonstrate that the delay is due to COVID-19 pandemic with evidence by way of petition.
Relief is NOT automatically applied or issued by the JPO and COVID-19 impacted applicants MUST petition the JPO.
The due dates to seek relief is dependent on the nature of the missed procedure, and it is generally calculated by the date the reason is no longer operative.
These are the relevant links from the JPO (Japanese version)
and the JPO's English version
If you want further details, please email your request to firstname.lastname@example.org
Nevertheless, we do request that our clients and associates provide us with their instructions at their earliest convenience, particularly when JPO deadlines approach.
Update #1 - PLEASE USE ELECTRONIC MAIL
Japan Post has announced that in view of the international air travel disruption caused by covid19 virus situation, Japan post has temporarily suspended from April 2 the acceptance of international postal mail items from many countries affected by COVID-19 virus situation and given the uncertainty postal delivery disruption is likely to expand further.
Therefore, EFFECTIVE April 3, 2020, please ONLY use electronic mail, as this will allow us to process your instructions and payments in our usual timely manner. There is no need to send a confirmation paper copy of correspondence unless we require an original document (we will advise you if this is the case).
Currently courier services like DHL, FedEx and UPS to/from Japan are still operational.
Unless original documents are required, please email ADVANCE electronic versions like PDF with courier tracking number and send the original by COURIER, like UPS, DHL and FedEx.