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The professionalism and the care for clients and for colleagues that Modiano & Partners commits to obtain in its work receives recognitions from international rankings agencies. Below is a selection of the recognitions Modiano & Partners has received.

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    Publicity and ratings agency Leaders League has again ranked Modiano & Partners as one of the best law firms specializing in IP rights in the prosecution of both trademarks and patents for 2019.

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    We are delighted to announce that this year Gabriella Modiano is again the only Italian included in “The Top 250 Women in IP 2019” by Managing IP magazine. This recognition rewards professional women who stand out in the IP sector, as judged by clients and enterprise.

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    We are delighted to announce that Gabriella Modiano has been included by World Intellectual Property Review (WIPR) magazine in their Leaders Directory for 2019.

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    We are delighted to announce that Gabriella Modiano has been included by World Intellectual Property Review (WIPR) magazine in their list of the most influential women in the intellectual property field for 2019.

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    Modiano & Partners has been included by international magazine Managing IP in its annual IP Stars 2019 publication, and is ranked among the highest for prosecution for both trademarks and patents.

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    We are delighted to announce that this year Gabriella and Micaela Modiano have once again been named “Patent Stars” by Managing IP magazine in its IP Stars 2019 publication.

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    We are proud to announce that this year Gabriella Modiano has again been named a “Trademark Star” by Managing IP magazine in its IP Stars 2019 publication.

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    World Trademark Review (WTR) magazine has ranked Modiano & Partners as one of the best firms specializing in intellectual property, in the 2019 edition of its annual guide WTR 1000.

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    World Trademark Review (WTR) magazine has named Gabriella Modiano an expert in prosecution and strategy, in the 2019 edition of its annual guide WTR 1000.

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    We are delighted to announce that Micaela Modiano and Alessandro Sanchini have been named as experts in the patents category by the international guide Euromoney’s Expert Guides 2019.

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    We are delighted to announce that Micaela Modiano has been nominated in the “Life Sciences” category for the Women in Business Law 2019 award, by the international guide Euromoney’s Expert Guides 2019.

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    Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) magazine has ranked Modiano & Partners as one of the best law firms specializing in the prosecution of patents, in the 2019 edition of its annual guide IAM Patent 1000.

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    We are delighted to announce that this year Micaela Modiano and Alessandro Sanchini have been included by Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) magazine in its list of top patent experts in prosecution in the 2019 edition of its annual IAM Patent 1000.

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    TopLegal, the leading monthly magazine for the legal market in Italy, has ranked Modiano & Partners as one of the leading law firms specializing in trademarks and patents for 2019 in the “Intellectual Property & Life Sciences” sector.

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    The media and rating agency Leaders League has ranked Modiano & Partners as one of the best IP firms in patent prosecution and trademark prosecution for the year 2018.

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    We are pleased to announce that this year Gabriella Modiano has again been included in the list of “The Top 250 Women in IP 2018” by Managing IP. This list recognizes female IP practitioners in private practice who have performed exceptionally for their clients and firms in the past year.

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    We are pleased to announce that this year Gabriella Modiano has been included in the World Intellectual Property Review 2018: “Leaders Directory”.

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    Modiano & Partners has been ranked by Managing Intellectual Property in its annual publication “IP Stars 2018” in the top tiers both for patent prosecution and for trademark prosecution.

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    We are pleased to announce that this year Gabriella Modiano, Micaela Modiano and Alessandro Sanchini have again been named as “Patent Stars” by Managing IP magazine in its “IP Stars 2018” publication.

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    We are proud to announce that this year Gabriella Modiano has again been included in the list of “Trademark Stars” by Managing IP magazine in its “IP Stars 2018” publication.

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    World Trademark Review (WTR) magazine has ranked Modiano & Partners as one of the best intellectual property law firms in the 2018 edition of its annual guide, “WTR 1000”.

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    World Trademark Review (WTR) magazine has named Gabriella Modiano as a prosecution and strategy expert in the 2018 edition of its annual guide, “WTR 1000”.

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    We are pleased to announce that Micaela Modiano and Alessandro Sanchini have been named by Euromoney’s Expert Guides 2018 as experts in the patents category.

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    Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) magazine has ranked Modiano & Partners as one of the top patent prosecution firms in the 2018 edition of its annual guide, “IAM Patent 1000”.

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    We are pleased to announce that this year Micaela Modiano and Alessandro Sanchini have been included by Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) magazine in its list of top patent experts in the 2018 edition of its annual guide, “IAM Patent 1000”. Alessandro is ranked in the list of litigation experts, while Micaela is ranked in the list of prosecution experts.

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    The media and rating agency Leaders League has ranked Modiano & Partners as one of the best IP firms in patent prosecution and trademark prosecution for the year 2017.

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    We are pleased to announce that this year Gabriella Modiano has been included in the list of “The Top 250 Women in IP 2017” by Managing IP. This list recognises female IP practitioners in private practice who have performed exceptionally for their clients and firms in the past year.

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    We are pleased to announce that this year Gabriella Modiano has been included in the World Intellectual Property Review 2017: “Leaders Directory”.

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    Modiano & Partners has been ranked by Managing Intellectual Property in its annual publication “IP Stars 2017” in top tiers both in patent prosecution and trademark prosecution.

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    We are pleased to announce that this year Gabriella Modiano, Micaela Modiano and Alessandro Sanchini have been named by Managing IP as “IP Stars 2017” in the patents category.

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    We are pleased to announce that this year Gabriella Modiano has been included in the list of “Trademark Stars” by Managing IP in “IP Stars 2017”.

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    The World Trademark Review (WTR) has ranked Modiano & Partners as a top-five “Trademark Filer” in the 2017 edition of its annual guide, “WTR 1000”.

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    We are pleased to announce that this year Micaela Modiano and Alessandro Sanchini have been named by Euromoney’s Expert Guides as “Rising Stars 2017” in the patents category.

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    The Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) has ranked Modiano & Partners as a top patent firm in the 2016 edition of its annual guide, “IAM Patent 1000”.

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    We are pleased to announce that this year Gabriella Modiano has been included in the World Intellectual Property Review 2016: “Leaders Directory”.

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    Modiano & Partners has been named by the legal trade magazine TopLegal as the leading trademark andpatent firm in the Intellectual Property & Life Sciences sector. And that’s not all: according to the survey, the Modiano firm is placed in “Band 1” in the rankings, dubbed “A leading company in the market, with a well-known and consolidated reputation”. Also in “Band 1”, Modiano & Partners is recognized by the top names in defense and in patent litigation, and we have been chosen by a great many business and by clients in the pharmaceutical and industrial sectors.

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