In recognition of the extraordinary situation in Japan the USPTO has granted relief for Japanese applicants and patentees. Upon written request, the USPTO will withdraw a Patent or Trademark PTO communication and reissue it, restarting the period for response. The PTO has also provided relief for maintenance fee payments. Please see the links below for details.
Please let us know as soon as possible if you would like to request relief under this provision and we will be happy to take care of it for you at no charge.
For a copy of the notice in english, please click here: USPTO RELIEF NOTICE
For a copy of the notice in japanese, please click here: USPTO RELIEF NOTICE TRANSLATED