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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.

  • For each case we choose the attorney (or attorney team) with the highest specialization in the area, the fastest turnaround and best effectiveness, as well as previous successful experience in similar cases. This policy usually translates to significant time and cost savings, to the client’s benefit.

    We are well aware of the our foreign associates’ and clients’ budget requirements, and this is why we always do our very best to meet such requirements and ensure that the associates and clients are notified immediately of any 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.

March 17, 2021
Pharmaceuticals and dosage regimen claims at the European Patent Office.

In the field of pharmaceuticals, it often happens that once an active ingredient is discovered and a first suitable formulation […]


2020年, 欧洲专利局 (EPO) 的上诉委员会 (BoA) 引入了新的议事规则. 上诉委员会强调, 上述规则的作用是对审查或异议中的一审程序进行司法审查. 新规则对在上诉中引入新证据、事实和论点的可能性进行了重大限制. 尽管如此, 上诉委员会于2020年12月7日发布的一项裁决认为, 上诉委员会具有否决一审程序中事实认定的权力. 上诉委员会在该决定中提到了其较早的一项决定. 根据该决定, 只有当欧洲专利局一审法庭对证据的评估存在以下缺陷之一时, 上诉委员会才应推翻该法庭在一审程序中作出的事实认定: (1) 没有考虑基本要点; (2) 审议不相关的事项; […]

February 23, 2021

欧洲专利局 (EPO) 正在密切关注人工智能 (Al) . 2020年12月, 欧洲专利局组织了一场为期2天的会议, 讨论了人工智能对知识产权的影响, 以及人工智能给欧洲专利局带来的益处. 这次会议反映出欧洲专利局正在对与人工智能有关的发明的可专利性问题进行重新定义. 欧洲专利局的立场是, 人工智能是计算机科学的一个分支. 因此, 根据欧洲专利局的做法, 与人工智能有关的发明被认为是“计算机实现的发明” (computer-implemented inventions, 简称CII) , 即涉及计算机、计算机网络或其他可编程装置的发明, […]

Different fact-finding at the EPO Boards of Appeal: is it possible?

As recently as last year the Boards of Appeal (BoAs) of the European Patent Office (EPO) introduced new rules of […]

January 20, 2021
EPO:可为植物授予欧洲专利 但有例外情况

在2020年10月公布的一项决定中, 欧洲专利局 (EPO) 扩大上诉委员会 (EBoA, 即欧洲专利局的最高审判机构) 认为, 可以为植物授予欧洲专利, 但其中有一个明显的例外情形. 《欧洲专利公约》 (The European Patent Convention, EPC) 规定, 可以为植物授予欧洲专利, 只要其权利要求不限于特定的植物品种. 而事实上, 根据《国际植物新品种保护公约》 […]

Artificial intelligence and the European Patent Office.

The European Patent Office is paying close attention to artificial intelligence (AI). In December 2020 it organized a 2-day conference […]

December 2, 2020
To plant or not to plant? The European Patent Office answers.

In a decision published in October 2020, the Enlarged Board of Appeal (EBoA) of the European Patent Office (EPO), i.e. […]

November 18, 2020
The Doctrine of Equivalents: Examination of the Law in Italy.

Background Italy has a population of about 60 million and, as one of the most industrialized countries in the European […]


2020年9月, 欧洲专利局 (EPO) 的一个上诉委员会 (BoA) 在其作出的一份决定中认为, 欧洲专利局异议部门 (OD) 的某些行为侵犯了当事人的申诉权利, 并决定对该侵权行为进行补救.相关事实如下: 在异议程序中, 专利所有人在听证会结束之前, 已经在异议部门设定的截止日期前提出了一些辅助索赔请求.专利所有人起草这些辅助索赔请求, 是为了回应异议部门所传达给当事人的初步意见, 这些意见随参加听证会的传票一同送达当事各方. 在听证会期间, 异议部门改变了其在召集各听证当事方时的立场.但是, 当专利所有人试图在听证会期间提出四项新的索赔要求, 以回应异议部门的立场改变时, 异议部门利用其自由裁量权拒绝接受一项以上的索赔要求.也就是说, […]

October 21, 2020
The European Patent Office listens to users when it comes to the right to be heard.

In a decision of September 2020, a Board of Appeal (BoA) of the European Patent Office (EPO) found that the […]

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