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Modiano & Partners is one of the leading European firms specializing exclusively in intellectual property law, with a staff of over 250 persons and main offices in Munich (Germany), Milan (Italy), and Lugano (Switzerland).

We strive to offer the best possible service to all our clients and associates, and pride ourselves on our reputation of high quality, thoroughness, and long-standing expertise.

Our constant drive toward specialization has led us to expand our staff with intellectual property attorneys who are natives of, and qualified in, many different countries (in Europe, USA and Asia), creating an international team with several languages and experience of different legal traditions.

Our American patent attorneys were educated in the most prestigious US universities. Our German patent attorneys and lawyers have made valuable contributions to the firm and to the quality of service we give our clients. Our Italian attorneys have handled patent and trademark litigation, successfully defending industries and designers that are leading names in their fields. Our Swiss experts help us maintain a complete European overview of problems.

Drawing on the unique synergy of our European IP specialists, with their different legal traditions and their varied national experience, at Modiano & Partners we can offer our clients an in-depth and complete European counselling service.

  • Modiano & Partners was established in 1950, and from the start we have specialized in the international aspects of intellectual property law.

    Our founder, Dr. Guido Modiano, lived and studied in several European countries and in the US. His technical background and his vast knowledge of the legal aspects of the Italian, German and US legal systems enabled him to successfully focus on both international and European IP matters.

    More than anything else, it is the systematic passing on of this knowledge to all of Modiano’s attorneys that has been the determining factor in our growth.

  • Each case is handled by the attorney who can undertake the assignment with the highest qualified area of specialization, rapidity and effectiveness, and on the basis of previous successful experience in similar cases. This policy usually translates into noticeable savings of time and hence also costs, to the client’s benefit.

    We ensure frequent and periodic exchanges between attorneys who are handling different cases for the same client, so as continuously update the client’s portfolio. This means our attorneys are always informed of parallel cases, which ensures an overview of the general context of each case and full knowledge of all the information concerning a case or a client.

    We are aware of the budget requirements of our foreign associates and clients, and this is why we always make sure that they are notified immediately about any and all changes of circumstances which could influence the cost estimates indicated previously.

    All our departments have online subscriptions for consultation of the foremost databases on laws, case-law repertories, patents, trademarks etc., allowing extremely speedy search procedures. Our in-house libraries contain the most important intellectual property laws (European, US, Japanese, South Korean, Chinese etc.), as well as national and international treaties, reviews, journals and magazines.

May 16, 2019

1970年4月26日, 成立世界知识产权组织(WIPO)的公约正式生效. 2000年10月, 世界知识产权组织第35届 成员大会系列会议通过了建立“世界知识产权日”的提案, 决定从2001年起将每年的4月26日定为“世界知识产权日”. 2000年, 基于多个WIPO成员国的建议, 包括时任中华人民共和国国家知识产权局局长姜颖的一份建议, 世界知识产权组织认为, 有必要把对知识产权议题感兴趣的人士召集到一起, 并设立世界知识产权日, 每年探讨一个不同的话题, 让来自知识产权业界、法律界、 高校及研究机构的人士乃至全世界的普通民众, 都能 有机会庆祝这一节日. 人们可以探讨每年选定的话题, 也可以在社交媒体发发“牢骚”, 而那些致力于知识产权事业的人士, […]

Software-based simulations – are they patentable at the EPO?

A Board of Appeal of the European Patent Office (EPO) has now referred new questions to the EPO’s Enlarged Board […]

April 26, 2019
World Intellectual Property Day celebrates sports.

On 26 April 1970 the Convention Establishing the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) entered into force, and exactly this day, […]

April 10, 2019

在最近的一项判决(Helsinn vs. Teva案)中, 美国高院就美国专利法的一项条款作出了解释. 该条款禁止任何人就在其有效申请日前已被出售的发明取得专利 (即销售禁止, sale bar), 如有公开信息显示该发明在其有效申请日之前就已被商业协议出售的话. 该案中, 美国最高法院引用了一个判例, 这一判例解释了“在其有效申请日前已被出售的发明”的构成要件: (i) 该发明已由商业邀约协议出售; (ii) 该发明已准备申请专利. 那么, 对于类似的案件, 欧洲专利局 (EPO) […]

Trademarks and patents: the Italian Intellectual Property Code strengthened.

The Italian Intellectual Property Code (IPC) has just been updated to extend the protection conferred by trademarks and patents and […]

March 13, 2019
双重专利―― EPO的新决策

《欧洲专利公约》 (E P C) 中不包含任何关于允许或禁止双重专利的规定.因此, 关于双重专利的事宜, 每过一段时间就会困扰欧洲专利局 (E P O) 的上诉委员会 (BoA). 在最近一个案例中, 上诉委员会规定, 具有某些独立权利要求和一定描述的授权欧洲专利属于同一公司, 并且还希望获得授权欧洲专利的分案专利, 且其独立权利要求与那些授权欧洲专利相同, 但应具有更加广泛的描述.具体来讲, 申请专利的公司认为, 由于更宽泛的描述, […]

On sale bar – does it exist at the EPO?

In a very recent decision (Helsinn vs. Teva) the US Supreme Court had to interpret the US patent law provision […]

February 22, 2019
区块链和第四次工业革命 ― 欧洲专利局的热门话题

2018年12月, 欧洲专利局(E P O)举办了第一次区块链专利会议. 此次会议有多达300余人参加, 着重讨论了区块链技术对专利申请人和其他利益相关者的影响. 随着时间的推移, 如今区块链技术在越来越多的领域已经得到应用. 在会议上, 欧洲专利局主席表示:“第四次工业革命的技术发展势头迅猛, 每个知识产权人都必须了解技术发展的趋势及其所带来的影响, 因为这是推动时代伟大变革的重要力量. ” 事实上, 区块链技术领域正在迅速发展, 并与其他数字技术(如人工智能)紧密关联. 自2015年以来, 区块链、人工智能及自动驾驶汽车领域的专利申请量迅速增加. 欧洲专利局区块链领域的顶级申报者是维萨(美国), 其次是万事达信用卡(美国)西门子(德国)、埃森哲(爱尔兰)和诺基亚(芬兰). […]

February 13, 2019
Double patenting – a new decision from the EPO.

The European Patent Convention (EPC) does not contain any provision either allowing or prohibiting double patenting. As a result, the […]

January 16, 2019

欧洲专利局( E P O )引入了一种新的拓展型机制, 用于将享有优先权的文件自动纳入欧洲专利申请的文件中, 包括直接的欧洲申请以及处于企业门户阶段的专利合作协定申请. 目前, 欧洲专利局会自动将优先权文件的副本纳入欧洲专利申请的文件中. 以下文件可享有优先权: (1)时间较早的欧洲专利申请; (2)申请欧洲专利局作为受理机构的专利合作协定; (3)中国的专利或实用新型专利申请; (4)日本的专利或实用新型专利申请; (5)韩国的专利或实用新型专利申请; (6)美国的专利或实用新型专利申请. 只有在极少数情况下, 欧洲专利局才无法自动将企业门户、专利合作协定、中国专利、日本专利、韩国专利、美国专利这类享有优先权的文件纳入欧洲专利申请文件. 此时, 申请人必须向欧洲专利局提交由优先权申请的主管部门给予的优先申请核证副本. […]

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