McAndrews, Held & Malloy Shareholder Christopher V. Carani to Speak on Strategic IP Considerations for Product Design at the Kansas Bar Association’s Midwest Intellectual Property Institute


On May 6, 2016, McAndrews, Held & Malloy Shareholder and leading design patent attorney Christopher V. Carani will speak at the 2016 Midwest Intellectual Property Institute, presented by the Kansas Bar Association in Overland Park, Kansas. Carani will deliver a presentation titled “Looks Matter: Strategic IP Considerations for Product Design IP Protection and Enforcement,” which will address concepts for protecting and enforcing not only traditional industrial design, but also graphic user interfaces and icons.

Other speakers at the 2016 Midwest Intellectual Property Institute and their presentations include:

  • Jasmine Abdel-Khalik, Associate Professor, University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law, “Disparaging Trademarks, the First Amendment, and the Impact on Other Statutory Objections”
  • Courtenay Brinckerhoff, Partner, Foley & Lardner LLP, “Patenting Diagnostic Methods after Prometheus”
  • Michelle Greer Galloway, Counsel for Cooley Litigation, “To Tell the Truth: IP Ethics is No Game Show”
  • Tom Irving, Partner, Finnegan, “Developments in AIA Post Grant Proceedings”
  • John Mulgrew, Partner, Shook, Hardy & Bacon and Brian J. Malm, U.S. Patent Agent, AOL Inc., “Responding to Change in the IP Landscape”
  • Mark Wittow, Partner, K&L Gates, “Copyright Developments – A Year in Review”

Attendees can earn 7.0 CLE credit hours, including 1.0 hour of ethics and professionalism credit in Kansas and Missouri. For more information on the event, or to register, click here.

Christopher V. Carani, Esq., centers his practice on protecting and enforcing design rights. Chris counsels clients on strategic design protection and enforcement issues; he is often called upon to render infringement, validity and design-around opinions and serve as a legal consultant/expert in design law cases. Carani has worked with clients to secure a wide array of design rights both in the U.S and outside of the U.S.

Chris formerly chaired the ABA’s Design Rights Committee, and also the AIPLA’s Committee on Industrial Designs. Chris received his J.D. from The University of Chicago and his B.S. in Engineering from Marquette University. He is a frequent contributor to CNN on IP issues, and often is called upon to provide comment to other media outlets, including New York Times and Wall Street Journal.  Away from the law, Chris is a studied jazz musician playing upright bass on the Chicago jazz circuit. Follow Carani (@ccarani) on Twitter: