Dear Clients and Associates:
We hope this message finds you and your loved ones staying healthy and safe.
Everyone at the Firm is carefully following Japanese government guidance to maintain the health and safety of our staff and that business continuity is guaranteed.
SY IS FULLY OPERATIONAL
We wish to assure all that SHUSAKU·YAMAMOTO is fully operational.
Our primary concerns are protecting the health and well-being of our people and maintaining our ability to continue providing excellent legal and intellectual property counsel and service during this unprecedented global health pandemic.
Our remote work arrangement had been fully implemented and our professionals and staff are smoothly and diligently Working From Home and we are serving all our clients and associates seamlessly from home.
We are glad to assure that our clients and associates will experience no disruption in our customary high quality counsel, responsiveness and service.
Please regularly visit our website for periodic Covid19-related updates (below).
With the courageous work by frontline health responders, the co-operation of national governments and people adopting appropriate health guidance, everyone will overcome the surmountable challenges ahead and we will all emerge stronger from these trying circumstances.
We appreciate your continued support and consideration.
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 email@example.com
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.