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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.

July 14, 2017

直到2017年3月, 欧洲专利局还是以自己的名义, 直接受理EP(欧洲专利)申请和从PCT(《专利合作条约》)申请进入EP申请阶段的那些申请, 或者作为PCT申请的国际检索机构而存在. 一旦它在检索阶段确认不止一个专利存在, 就会向申请人送达一个部分检索报告, 内容包括: (a)关于业已识别之该最早发明的检索结果; (b)关于缺乏单一性之认定理由的解释; (c)检索审查员对于其他发明的确定; (d)要求为这些额外发明支付额外检索费用的任择性邀请书. 只有在这之后, 即:根据最终检索报告, 欧洲专利专利局才会提供检索意见, 其中包含欧洲专利局对于该最早发明的任何核驳(如果在欧洲专利局邀请之后, 申请人支付了相应的额外检索费用, 则包括欧洲专利局对于该额外发明的任何核驳). 一直以来, 欧洲专利局都在不断努力, 以便提高EP专利和PCT专利申请人检索的早期确定性. […]

European Inventor Awards 2017: the European Patent Office celebrates ideas that can change the world and improve everyday life.

The 12th European Inventor Awards were held at the Arsenale in Venice. This year the international jury was chaired by […]

June 28, 2017
“Correction” of expiry dates for granted SPCs now finally possible in Italy – sometimes!

The Italian PTO Board of Appeal has just rendered a milestone decision making it possible, in practice, to “correct” the […]

May 10, 2017
New early certainty for EP and PCT applicants in case of lack of unity.

Up until March 2017, when the EPO – acting as “itself” for direct European applications and for European applications resulting […]

April 12, 2017
The impact of the new EUIPO rules a year on from their introduction.

A year has passed since the coming into force of the Amending Regulation of the Community Trademark Regulation, and we […]


欧洲专利局 (EPO) 上诉委员会 (BoA) 最近作出一项决定, 欧洲专利局与任何一方 (例如提出异议方或专利持有人) 之间有关某一特定双方当事人案件的任何沟通必须通知各方, 并且记录在该案件文件的公开部分. 这一决定是在针对欧洲专利局异议局维持某一项专利的授权决定提起的上诉程序中作出的. 在一审异议程序期间, 异议方与欧洲专利局, 包括欧洲专利局的质量支持部门 (DQS, 该部门旨在处理欧洲专利局系统用户的投诉), 进行了各种电子邮件、信件和电话沟通. 欧洲专利局迄今为止的做法是, 与质量支持部门进行的任何沟通都属机密, 不向公众公开. 然而, […]

March 14, 2017
Written and oral exchanges with a party must be public, says the EPO.

A very recent decision of the EPO Boards of Appeal (BoA) held that any exchanges between the EPO and a […]


欧洲专利局(EPO)扩大上诉委员会 (EBA, 欧洲专利局最高审判机构) 现已提交一份具有里程碑意义的重要决议, 决议中承认: 即使在随后欧洲申请中, 在先申请仅公开部分主题, 在先申请也可要求优先权. 这项决议之前, 欧洲专利局上诉委员会 (BoA) 的判例法出现了互相冲突的趋势. 事实上, 欧洲专利局上诉委员会部分决议已经承认, 若优先权申请仅公开在后欧洲专利申请要求的部分主题 (例如, 在先申请仅公开实施例 A, 而欧洲专利申请权利要求主张实施例A与实施例B可相互替换), 就在先申请已公开的相关主题, […]

February 13, 2017
Partial priority clarified by milestone EPO decision.

The EPO’s Enlarged Board of Appeal (EBA), i.e. the EPO’s body of highest instance, has now rendered a milestone decision […]


对于指定或选定欧洲专利局 (EPO) 作为认证机构, 进入区域阶段的欧洲专利合作条约 (Euro-PCT) 申请, 并且要求优先权的情况下, 申请人必须向EPO提供先前申请的认证副本 (优先权文件). 如果在进入欧洲阶段后未提交优先权文件, 申请人则会被要求在通知之日起两个月内提交该文件. 这个时间限制不能延长. 如果优先权文件没有在该时限内提交, 则优先权丧失. 然而, 当能以其他方式得到优先权文件时, EPO不会发送要求该文件的请求. 对于PCT申请, 在这两种情况下EPO不会发送请求: 第一种情况是当优先权文件将会传送给EPO时. […]

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