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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.

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January 16, 2019
欧洲专利局引入可自动囊括优先权文件新机制

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. […]



Blockchain and 4th industrial revolution – a hot topic at the EPO.

In December 2018 the European Patent Office (EPO) held its first conference on patenting blockchain. The conference was attended by […]


November 16, 2018
欧洲专利局发布2018版EP案例指南

欧洲专利局 (EPO) 刚刚公布了2018年新版”考试指南”. 该新版指南将从2018年11月1日起开始生效. 欧洲专利局每年都会更新这些指南. 指南由8部分组成, 涉及: · 形式审查 · 检索 · 实质审查程序 · 反对, 限制和撤销程序 · 常规流程事项 · 欧洲专利申请要求 […]



EPO introduces new mechanism for automatic inclusion of priority documents.

The European Patent Office (EPO) has introduced a new and expanded mechanism for the automatic inclusion of priority documents into […]


October 17, 2018
EPO publishes 2018 edition of Guidelines for EP cases.

The European Patent Office (EPO) has just published the 2018 edition of its Guidelines for Examination in the European Patent […]


September 13, 2018
全球创新指数:企业实现创新的有效工具

相信很多人都觉得“创新”是件好事, 但当这个词从语言要化为行动真正去实现时, 便不是那么简单了. 历史上很多伟大的创新是源于偶然, 例如X射线和青霉素的发现. 而如今, 创新不只能靠偶然的运气, 而是需要国家政府部门及企业的政策规划. 那么如何才能规划一个成功概率很高的项目?全球创新指数(GII)此时便能提供有效的帮助. 该指数是由康奈尔大学、欧洲工商管理学院和世界知识产权组织等多家机构,以各国创新指数的年度排名为基础, 共同合作开发而成. 全球创新指数基于以下几个因素: • 投入参数, 它定义了经济环境中有利于创新的方面 (如教育、基础设施、人力资本、研究等); • 产出参数, 它是经济中创新活动的结果(如知识的创造和传播、创造力、创新对世界的影响等); • […]



EPO reopens appeal proceedings after failed postal delivery.

The Enlarged Board of Appeal (EBA), the highest body responsible for reviewing the decisions of the European Patent Office (EPO), […]


August 22, 2018
Global Innovation Index: a tool to make innovation useful to companies.

When it comes to innovation, everyone has a good idea of what the word means, but when we decide to […]


July 18, 2018
欧洲专利局开会讨论人工智能专利

日前, 欧洲专利局就人工智能专利问题召开了首次会议.来自产业界、学术界、用户团体、专利法律服务公司、司法机构、多个国家的专利局以及众多政府机构的超过350人参加了会议. 本次会议讨论的问题是: 第四次工业革命中快速发展的技术进步将以何种方式影响专利局? 具体涵盖了以下问题: – 对于人工智能的专利及其他知识产权保护; – 人工智能在发明开发中的应用; – 人工智能在专利申请过程中的使用. 各位发言嘉宾指出, 目前有关人工智能的最新范围和最新趋势, 不仅涉及到产业界, 还影响到各个领域中发明的速度和规模.事实上, 在过去的几年里, 欧洲专利局已经见证了第四次工业革命中专利申请的快速增长: 在其受理的医疗和自动驾驶技术领域专利申请中, 约有50%的已经含有由计算机实施的元素.欧洲专利局的代表们指出, 在这一方面, […]


June 13, 2018
欧洲发明人奖: 象征创新与进步的风帆

2018年6月7日, 欧洲专利局 (EPO) 在位于法国巴黎的圣日尔曼昂莱将颁发“欧洲发明人奖”. 这一奖项始于2006年, 自那时以来, 全球最优秀的发明人以及政治、科学和经济界大咖们每年在一个不同的欧洲城市汇聚一堂, 以鼓励并提高研究者、发明者通过专利保护其构想的意识, 并在科技、医疗和工业领域促进研发和创新. 欧洲发明人奖获得者得到的不是奖金, 而是对他们的创新授予著名的帆型奖品. EPO委托德国设计师米利安·厄尔 (Miriam Irle) 制作奖品, 他选择了风帆, 以涵盖探索、革新和人类创新之意. 同时, 风帆也是人类所知最早的驱动系统之一 ——一个具有一定形状的织物表面, […]


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