McAndrews Shareholder Christopher V. Carani to Present “Top 10 Things You Must Know About Developments in Design Patent Law”


On Friday, November 8, McAndrews, Held & Malloy shareholder Christopher V. Carani will present at the Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago’s (IPLAC) 2013 IP Law Symposium. From 11:30 am -12:00 pm, Carani will deliver a presentation titled, “Top 10 Things You Must Know About Developments in Design Patent Law.”

During his presentation, Carani will cover recent design patent decisions by the Federal Circuit as well as those from the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. He will also discuss the blockbuster design patent case Apple v. Samsung, and the newly enacted Hague Agreement, an international design filing system that will be available for the first time to U.S. entities in December 2013.

The IPLAC IP Law Symposium is an all-day CLE conference on relevant IP issues and developments that draws more than 150 attendees each year. This year’s additional program topics and speakers include:

  • “State of the Court in the Northern District of Illinois,” Judge Ruben Castillo, Chief Judge, Northern District of Illinois
  • “Top 10 Things You Must Know About Developments in Trademark Law,” Monica Thompson, DLA Piper
  • “Top 10 Things You Must Know About Developments in Trade Secrets Law,” R. Mark Halligan, Nixon Peabody
  • “Top 10 Things You Must Know About Developments in Patent Law,” Charles Shifley, Banner & Witcoff
  • “Recent Cases Involving Post-Grant Proceedings,” Scott Daniels, Westerman Hattori and Paul Korniczky, Leydig, Voit & Mayer, Ltd.
  • “The New Ethics of Deception,” Robert Sacoff, Pattishall McAulliffe
  • “District Court Litigation: Views from the Bench,” Judge Matthew Kennelly, Moderator, Northern District of Illinois, Judge James Holderman, Northern District of Illinois, Judge Rebecca Pallmeyer, Northern District of Illinois and Judge Sidney Schenkier, Northern District of Illinois
  • “Federal Circuit Discussion,” Gary Ropski, Moderator, Brinks, Gilson & Lione and Judge Richard Linn, Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

Following the IP Law Symposium, IPLAC will host its 120th Annual Dinner in Honor of the Federal Judiciary. Both the Symposium and Dinner will be held at the Standard Club.

For a full agenda or to register, click here.

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. SwisaLawman Armor Corp. v. Winner Int’l LLCCalmar, 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, who is also presenting at IPLAC’s 2013 IP Law Symposium. 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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