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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.

NEWS
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 […]



欧洲专利局的双重专利注册 一 个悬而未决的问题?

2020年9月, 在欧洲专利局 (EPO) 官方公报上发布的一项决议中, EPO的上诉委员会 (BoA) 将一系列问题提交给扩大上诉委员会 (EPO最高诉讼) , 这些问题又指向另一个问题: EPO是否可以单独基于“某项欧洲专利申请包含与已获批准的欧洲专利雷同的权利要求”而拒绝该申请? 这个问题源于: 《欧洲专利公约》 (EPC) 没有明令禁止双重专利申请; EPC不会从早期的欧洲专利申请中排除已向其它国家作过优先权声明的申请, 但这里未明确指出两项申请的权利要求是否必须不同; 最重要的是, 对于分案申请, EPC只要求分案申请是在母申请获得批准前提出的, […]


September 22, 2020
Double patenting at the European Patent Office: an open question?

In a decision published in the official journal of the European Patent Office (EPO) in September 2020, a Board of […]



为时已晚?在欧洲专利局的上诉中质疑创造性

2020年1月, 欧洲专利局 (EPO) 上诉委员会 (BoA) 提出了新的程序规则. 这些规则的目的是确保在欧洲专利局重新启动初审或异议程序时, 当事方不使用上诉委员会的上诉程序. 实际上, 上诉委员会的上诉程序是对一审裁决 (即欧洲专利局审查部门或异议部门做出的裁决) 正确性的司法审查, 而它对于各当事方来说, 并不是一个重新讨论在前述及其他部门已被提交的所有内容的合适时机. 对上诉委员会的上诉程序进行司法审查, 已被纳入在2020年1月之前生效的程序规则中, 新的程序规则只不过使这一点更加明确. 最近, 一项上诉委员会的最新决议十分引人注意. 这项决议虽然是依据2020年1月之前生效的程序规则作出的, […]


August 24, 2020
统一专利法院到来之前,如何通过集中程序无效欧洲专利?

德国宪法法院在2020年3月发布的决定中裁定, 德国批准统一专利法院(UPC)的协议违反了德国宪法, 因为该批准没有得到德国基本法要求的议会多数通过. 尽管如此, 这并不意味着当前无法通过集中审批程序来质疑欧洲专利的有效性. 实际上, 自欧洲专利制度成立以来, 该制度就允许任何第三方向欧洲专利局(EPO)提出反对授予欧洲专利的异议. 在异议程序中, 由三名在异议程序方面具有丰富经验的EPO审查员组成的小组, 会对有异议的欧洲专利的有效性进行审查. 在异议程序中, 可以主要基于以下理由质疑欧洲专利的有效性: ·所申请的欧洲专利属于《欧洲专利公约》规定的不得授予专利的少数类别; ·所申请的欧洲专利相比现有技术不具有新颖性或创新性; ·所申请的欧洲专利在行业中不适用; ·所申请的欧洲专利发明的技术知识并未以足够清晰完整的方式在申请中予以披露, 无法使具备本领域一般知识的人能够使用或复制该发明; ·所申请的欧洲专利超出了提出的申请范围. 在异议程序中, […]



Is it too late? Inventive step attacks in appeals before the European Patent Office.

In January 2020 the Boards of Appeal (BoAs) of the European Patent Office (EPO) introduced new rules of procedure. These […]


July 22, 2020
While the Unified Patent Court was sleeping: how to invalidate a European patent centrally.

In a decision published in March 2020, the German constitutional court has decided that the German ratification of the agreement […]



EPO简化专利授权程序:取消放弃第二次接收信函的选择

当欧洲专利局 (EPO) 确定申请人提出了一组可被允许的权利要求时, EPO会在欧洲专利申请的审查程序结束时向申请人发出一封信函, 其中包含所有的文本 (说明权利要求、附图以及任何与摘要相关的内容) , 并要求申请人批准该文本. 在对该信函的回复内容里, 申请人可以简单地批准该文本或提出修改. 如果申请人仅批准文本, 则EPO将发布授予专利的决定, 专利将在不久后被正式授权. 但是, 申请人在回复EPO信函时也可以决定不批准信函内随附的文本. 这种情况可能会发生在当申请人对权利要求的措词有不同想法时, 或者发生在EPO准备向申请人发送信函以供其批准文本期间, 审查员插入了一些申请人不同意的变更时. 在后一种情况下, 申请人可以在对信函的回复中指出其希望进行的一些修订, […]


June 16, 2020
Grant of European patents: The European Patent Office listens to its users.

When the European Patent Office (EPO) decides, at the end of the examination procedure of a European patent application, that […]



欧洲专利局转向线上听证会

自2020年4月起, 欧洲专利局 (EPO) 审查部门的听证会 (称为“口头诉讼”), 将通过视频会议进行. 尽管此决定是在COVID-19疫情期间做出的, 但也将在疫情结束后继续实行. 无疑, 这一改变将降低申请人的花费. 实际上, 到目前为止, 欧洲专利局审查部听证会都被安排在德国慕尼黑或荷兰海牙举行, 具体取决于处理申请的审查员的所在地. 这也就意味着, 在大多数情况下, 欧洲专利律师不得不通过陆路、铁路或飞机前往其中一个城市, 而且通常还要在当地过夜, 这必然导致申请人的支出增加. 而从现在开始, […]


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