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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.

August 21, 2019

和世界其他国家或地区的专利局一样, 欧洲专利局也在追求效率的提升, 尽力避免重复其他专利局可能已经完成的工作. 此前, 除了与世界上其他许多专利局一起参与专利审查高速公路计划 (PPH) 外, 欧专局还可能要求欧洲专利申请人向审查员提供检索结果, 该结果应包括其在其他专利局平行申请的同族专利相关发明. 根据欧专局主席的最新决定, 随着各国专利局内部合作的不断推进扩张, 欧专局将自行进行相关检索. 因此, 今后在大多数情况下, 申请人不再需要向欧专局提交上述检索结果. 具体来说, 如果申请人已在以下不属于《欧洲专利公约》缔约国的国家进行了优先申请, 且其已经在欧洲专利申请中声明了优先权, 则其将不再需要向欧专局提交与早期专利申请相关的检索结果. 不属于《欧洲专利公约》缔约国的国家包括: […]

July 11, 2019

今年, 一年一度的欧洲专利局专利检索培训会 (EPO Search Matters) 在欧专局德国慕尼黑总部举行. 在会上, 欧专局专利审查员在不少问题上都提供了有效信息, 包括: – 人工智能与区块链技术对专利检索的影响; – 专利检索策略; – 特殊技术领域专利检索的复杂性. 本届培训会历时3天, 内容涵盖了多个技术领域. 会上重点介绍了欧专局的专利检索策略和操作办法. 与会者有半天时间了解专利审查员的实地工作, 并与专利审查员讨论特定技术领域的检索办法, […]

Foreign search results at the European Patent Office.

The European Patent Office (EPO), like all major Patent Offices throughout the world, is constantly striving to become more efficient, […]

June 12, 2019

欧洲专利局(EPO)上诉委员会现已将一些新问题提交至欧洲专利局扩大上诉委员会(EBoA, EPO的最高实体)讨论, 这些新问题与基于软件的模拟(即计算机执行的模拟)的可专利性有关. 更具体地说, 提交给扩大上诉委员会的问题如下: 1. 在创造性评估中, 计算机执行的模拟真的能够像所宣称的那样, 能够在对技术系统或过程的模拟中, 通过产生超出该种模拟的执行本身的技术效果, 来解决技术问题吗? 2. 如果第一个问题的答案是肯定的, 那么应当以哪些相关标准评估计算机执行的模拟是否如其所宣称的那样解决了技术问题?特别地, 当计算机执行的模拟是基于(至少是部分基于)其所模拟的技术系统或过程所遵循的技术原则时, 这能否成为判断该模拟如其所宣称的那样解决了技术问题的充分条件? 3. 如果计算机执行的模拟被宣称作为设计过程的一部分, 特别是作为验证设计的手段, 此时第一个和第二个问题的答案是什么? […]

AI: the future of patent searching and the EPO.

At this year’s annual EPO Search Matters event, held at the EPO’s headquarters in Munich, Germany, EPO examiners provided useful […]

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 […]

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