World Intellectual Property Organization


December 2014 | No. 12/2014


Non-Working Days at the International Bureau at the End of the Year; Changes to Publication Schedule

Non-working days at the International Bureau

The non-working days at the International Bureau (IB) during December 2014 and January 2015, in addition to the weekends, will be:

Thursday and Friday, 25 and 26 December 2014 and
Thursday and Friday, 1 and 2 January 2015.

The IB will therefore be open for business on:

Monday to Wednesday, 22 to 24 December 2014 and
Monday to Wednesday, 29 to 31 December 2014,

and will then be open as usual from Monday, 5 January 2015.

The dates of operation of the PCT Information Service and the PCT eServices Help Desk, as well as information on the modified publication schedule, are given below.

PCT Information Service

The PCT Information Service will be closed from Wednesday, 24 December 2014 to Sunday, 4 January 2015, inclusive. It will reopen on Monday, 5 January 2015 at 9:00 (Central European time (CET)).

Please note, however, that if you call the PCT Information Service (telephone number: (+41-22) 338 83 38) during the holiday period, there will be a recorded message providing a telephone number for cases requiring urgent attention. It is recalled that the PCT Information Service answers general inquiries about the filing of international applications and the procedure to be followed during the international phase of the PCT (questions relating to specific applications should be addressed to the PCT Processing Service). For further information, see:

PCT eServices Help Desk

The PCT eServices Help Desk will be closed on Thursday, 25 and Friday, 26 December 2014 and on Thursday, 1 and Friday, 2 January 2015, and will remain open on:

– Monday to Wednesday, 22 to 24 December 2014 and

– Monday to Wednesday, 29 to 31 December 2014,

although it will operate reduced opening hours from 9:00 to 16:00 (CET) on 24 December and from 29 to 31 December 2014. It will revert to its usual hours, that is, from 9:00 to 18:00 (CET), on Monday, 5 January 2015.

Publication schedule

During the forthcoming holiday period, PCT applications which would normally have been published on Thursday, 25 December 2014 and Thursday, 1 January 2015, which are non-working days at WIPO, will be published a day earlier, on Wednesday, 24 December 2014 and Wednesday, 31 December 2014, respectively.

For the above-mentioned publication dates, the last day for receipt of changes which should be taken into account for the purposes of international publication will be, as usual, at midnight (CET) on Tuesday, 9 December and Tuesday, 16 December 2014, respectively. This means that, in both cases, the completion of technical preparations for publication will be 14 days before the publication date, instead of the usual 15 days before publication.


  • Receive notifications of the latest issue of the PCT Newsletter and other important PCT News 

  • Back to Contents page 

Explore WIPO