McAndrews Shareholder Christopher V. Carani to Present at ABA Webinar on Design Rights


McAndrews, Held & Malloy shareholder Christopher V. Carani will present at the November 14 webinar “Apple vs. Samsung: How Close to Too Close?”, presented by the American Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division IP Law Committee.

A leading authority in the field of design law in the United States, Carani was an obvious choice to lead the webinar. The presentation will focus on the landmark patent infringement case, which forced companies in all industries and practitioners the world over to take a second, hard look at design rights. During the webinar, Carani will discuss:

  • Design patent infringement test
  • Design patent prosecution strategies
  • Design patent invalidity challenges, including lack of ornamentality, anticipation, obviousness and indefiniteness
  • Design patent remedies

The webinar will be moderated by Shane Delsman from the Milwaukee-based law firm Godfrey & Kahn.

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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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