McAndrews’ Christopher V. Carani to Discuss Trends in Design Patent Cases at AIPLA 2015 Spring Meeting


McAndrews, Held & Malloy shareholder Christopher V. Carani will present at the American Intellectual Property Law Association’s (AIPLA) 2015 Spring Meeting, April 30 – May 2, 2015, in Los Angeles. Carani will discuss the latest trends in how courts have been approaching claim construction in design patent cases, including issues related to functionality and verbalization of the depicted design in the drawings.

On May 1, Carani will present, along with Professor Mark D. Janis from the Indiana University Maurer School of Law, a presentation entitled “Design Patents, Trade Dress and Litigation—Oh My! Navigating Through the Enchanted Forest.” Carani, who is a leading authority on design law and design-related IP issues, is the past chair of AIPLA’s Committee on Industrial Designs.

Attendees of the AIPLA Spring Meeting will leave with a better understanding of what is happening in the IP world, and how it affects their practice and their clients. Sample programming includes:

  • CBMs and IPRs: A Hindsight View of the Impact of These Proceedings on Patent Litigation
  • Subject Matter Eligibility Under §101, Alice, and Myriad—What’s left to patent?
  • PTAB Practice
  • Mid-Year Case Law in Review: Patent, Trademark, Copyright, and Trade Secrets

For additional information on the Spring Meeting, including full schedule and registration, click here.

AIPLA was founded in 1897 to maintain a high standard of professional ethics, to aid in the improvement in laws relating to intellectual property and in their proper interpretation by the courts, and to provide legal education to the public and to its members on intellectual property issues. AIPLA is a national bar association constituted primarily of lawyers in private and corporate practice, in government service, and in the academic community.


Christopher V. Carani, Esq., a McAndrews shareholder, counsels clients on a wide range of strategic design protection and enforcement issues. He is the immediate past Chair of the American Bar Association’s Design Rights Committee, and the past chair of the American Intellectual Property Law Association’s Committee on Industrial Designs. He has litigated numerous disputes regarding design rights and has served as a legal consultant and expert witness in design law cases in a wide range of industries, including consumer electronics and accessories, consumer retail products, furniture, medical devices, apparel, footwear, and sporting goods, to name a few.  In addition, Carani has authored amicus briefs for landmark U.S. design patent cases, such as Egyptian Goddess v. Swisa, Lawman Armor Corp. v. Winner Int’l LLC, Calmar, Inc. v. Arminak & Assoc. and Richardson v. Stanley Works, Inc. Carani earned an engineering degree from Marquette University and a law degree from the University of Chicago, and went on to serve as a law clerk to the Honorable Rebecca Pallmeyer at the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. He is a registered patent attorney and licensed to practice before the USPTO.

Carani is a frequent contributor to CNN on intellectual property law issues, and is often called upon to provide commentary to other major media outlets, including New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, NPR, PBS TV, CNBC TV, BBC, Bloomberg TV, and Reuters.  Away from the law, Chris is a studied jazz musician who plays upright bass on the Chicago jazz circuit. Follow Carani (@ccarani) on Twitter:

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