McAndrews, Held & Malloy Shareholder Christopher V. Carani Invited to Speak at “Patent Experts Conference”


On February 8, 2016, McAndrews, Held & Malloy shareholder Christopher V. Carani will present at The Fourth Annual Naples Patent Experts Conference, hosted by the University of Akron School of Law.

The event’s two-day schedule is filled with informative and insightful presentations on timely and significant topics, ranging from claim construction after Teva and the changing composition of the Federal Circuit to post-grant proceedings and current patent reform efforts. This year’s program will feature interactive discussions led by an impressive faculty of nearly thirty patent experts, jurists, scholars and practitioners from the United States and abroad, including the former chief judge of the Federal Circuit, the Hon. Randall Rader, and former Chairman of the International Trade Commission, Deanna Okun, among many others.

Carani will serve on a panel, titled “Design Patents: Patent Law’s New Frontier.” Specifically, he will present on “Navigating 112 Issues in Amendment and Continuation Practice,” which recently has become a hot topic in view of recent developments in USPTO policy and Federal Circuit case law. Other panelists include:

  • Ben Fernandez, Partner at WilmerHale LLP
  • Mark Janis, Robert A. Lucas Chair of Law & Director of the Center for IP Research at the University of Indiana – Bloomington School of Law
  • Perry Saidman, Principal at Saidman DesignLaw Group, LLC

For more information, or to register, click here.

Christopher V. Carani, Esq., practices in all areas of intellectual property. He is a leading voice and internationally recognized in the field of Design IP (design patents, trade dress and copyrights), having litigated numerous design disputes, and published and lectured extensively on the topic. He represents some of the world’s most design centric companies, including the top filer of U.S. design patents. He counsels a wide range of clients on strategic design protection and enforcement issues, often called upon to render infringement, validity and design-around opinions. Carani has worked with clients securing over 2,000 design rights, both in the U.S and in over 70 countries around the world. He is the current chair of the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property Design Rights Committee and 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 an Adjunct Professor of Law at the Northwestern University School of Law teaching intellectual property law. He 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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