McAndrews, Held & Malloy Shareholder Christopher V. Carani to Share Top IP Considerations with Product Designers at the 2016 IDSA Northeast District Design Conference


McAndrews, Held & Malloy Shareholder Christopher V. Carani, Esq., A/IDSA, will present at the Industrial Designers Society of America’s (IDSA) 2016 Northeast District Design Conference: I am a Designer, April 29-30, in New York City. Carani, who is nationally recognized in the field of design law, is the only attorney among the list of speakers, which includes designers from General Motors, Google and PepsiCo.

Carani’s presentation, titled “Intellectual Property: 5 Do’s and 5 Don’ts for Product Designers,” was created based on real questions from event participants in the months leading up to the conference. The format – called “Ask Me Anything” – was implemented to create a highly interactive experience between presenters, participants and sponsors.

For a full list of speakers and to register for the IDSA Northeast District Design Conference, click here.

Earlier this year, McAndrews was named the newest 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.

Christopher V. Carani represents some of the world’s most design centric companies, including the top filer of U.S. design patents. He is often called upon to render infringement, validity and design-around opinions and serve as a legal consultant/expert in Design IP cases. He has worked with clients securing over 2000 design rights, both in the U.S and in over 70 countries around the world.

Chris chairs the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property Design Rights Committee. He is the former chair of the American Bar Association’s Design Rights Committee, and also the American Intellectual Property Law Association’s Committee on Industrial Designs. Chris is currently serving a 3-year appointment to the Board of Directors for the U.S. chapter of AIPPI.

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