McAndrews, Held & Malloy Named Newest Ambassador to Industrial Designers Society of America


McAndrews, Held & Malloy, Ltd., one of the nation’s leading law firms focusing on intellectual property and technology law, was recently named the newest Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) Ambassador of Excellence.

Founded more than 50 years ago, the IDSA is one of the oldest and largest membership organizations for industrial design professionals both nationally and internationally. As an IDSA Ambassador of Excellence, McAndrews will focus its efforts on research, thought leadership and advocacy in all aspects of industrial design.

“Our firm is grateful to be honored as an IDSA Ambassador of Excellence,” said McAndrews, Held & Malloy Shareholder Christopher V. Carani, Esq., A/IDSA. “We continually work to strengthen our involvement in the organization, from our representation of IDSA before the United States Supreme Court in 2008, to our expert witness education seminars for designers, to our ongoing support of various IDSA conferences.”

An established leader in U.S. and international design law, McAndrews has been asked to protect some of the world’s most iconic designs. The firm represents clients before the USPTO, foreign patent offices, U.S. district courts, the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals and the ITC. Carani, a frequent speaker on design IP at IDSA conferences, has secured more than 2,000 design rights for clients and is a leading international authority on design law. He has played a critical role in elevating McAndrews’ design rights practice.

“McAndrews, Held & Malloy has long been a thought leader on the landscape of industrial design IP with capabilities in design patents, trademark and copyright law, among other areas,” said IDSA Director of Communications Sudha Kamath. “The firm’s longstanding involvement with IDSA has been a great asset to the society and we are happy to recognize the firm’s support through this new role as an Ambassador of Excellence.”


About McAndrews, Held & Malloy McAndrews, Held & Malloy boasts one of the most highly regarded teams of intellectual property attorneys, agents and technology specialists in the United States. Founded in 1988, the firm offers deep bench strength in matters relating to patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets and unfair competition. McAndrews attorneys have underlying scientific-based degrees and extensive prior experience in technology and IP-focused professions, and they routinely handle cases that involve innovative and cutting-edge technologies in specialized industries. While best known for their record of litigation successes, the firm also offers services in IP procurement, patent interferences, trademark oppositions and cancellations, IP/technology opinions and investigations, global portfolio management, development and licensing, M&A support, due diligence, design rights and joint ventures. Clients include multi-national corporations, Fortune 500 companies, startups and world-renowned universities. For more information, visit