As you may know (see my previous blog posts here and here) the USPTO somehow ended up on December 22 with all of its e-commerce systems broken. The system failures are said to be due to a “power failure”. Oddly, it is apparently not enough to restore the power, because supposedly this power failure “damaged equipment” at the USPTO. USPTO has posted this notice:
In light of this emergency situation, the USPTO will consider each day from Tuesday, December 22, 2015, through Thursday, December 24, 2015, to be a “Federal holiday within the District of Columbia” in accordance with the description and regulations in this official notice posted here: http://www.uspto.gov/blog/ebiz/.
It had already been determined some years ago that Friday, December 25 would be a federal holiday. And December 26 and 27 are weekend days. In practical terms this means that any filing that might have been due in the USPTO on December 22, 23, 24, 25, 26 or 27 will be considered by the USPTO to be timely filed if it is filed by Monday, December 28. This applies to the filing of new patent applications, entry into the US national phase from a PCT application, or response to an Office Action.