McAndrews Shareholder Christopher V. Carani Featured Panelist at Suffolk University Law School’s “Design Patents: Modernizing an Old Property Interest” Conference


On Friday, November 22, McAndrews, Held & Malloy shareholder Christopher V. Carani will be a featured panelist at Suffolk University Law School’s “Design Patents: Modernizing an Old Property Interest” conference, which is co-sponsored by the Intellectual Property Law Concentration and the Social Law Library. At the full-day event, Carani will join a group of other distinguished speakers in the field, including two attorneys from the USPTO and counsel for New Balance Athletic Shoes, Apple and Samsung. Carani will deliver a presentation titled “Scope of Design Patents.”  More information on the conference is below.

{Reprinted with permission from Suffolk University Law School}

A jury recently ordered Samsung to pay Apple over one billion dollars for infringement of several Design and Utility Patents. This has sparked renewed interest in Design Patents. Attorneys from the Patent & Trademark Office will provide an insider’s view of how Design Patents are handled by the Office. Two nationally known experts in design protection, Christopher V. Carani and Perry J. Saidman, will provide insight into cutting-edge legal issues that arise in design protection. Attorneys involved in the ongoing patent litigation war between Apple and Samsung will also be part of the program. Finally, the special damage provisions for Design Patents will be analyzed by a leading expert on patent damages.


  • The PTO’s perspective on prosecution of design patents
  • How the recently enacted Hague Treaty will affect design patent practice
  • How to interpret and apply design patent law
  • How to handle design patent litigation including damages and functionality
  • The overlapping protections under design patent, trade dress & other IP law

For more information and to register, click here or call 617.573.8627. Please refer to code #2788.

Christopher V. Carani, Esq., is recognized in the United States as a leading authority in the field of design law, counseling clients on a wide range of strategic design protection and enforcement issues. He is the Chair of the American Bar Association’s Design Rights Committee, and is 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 and footwear, and sporting goods, to name a few.  In addition, he 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.

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