McAndrews Shareholder Christopher V. Carani Speaks at AIPLA 2013 Spring Meeting


McAndrews, Held & Malloy Shareholder Christopher V. Carani was a featured speaker at the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) 2013 Spring Meeting on May 2, 2013, in Seattle. At the event, Chris presented a comparative and historical analysis of the available remedies for design patents, trademarks and copyrights, and their application in the landmark case Apple v. Samsung. He focused on a series of U.S. Supreme Court decisions from the late 1800’s that culminated in the Design Patent Act of 1887.

AIPLA’s Spring Meeting is an annual, three-day event that provides attendees with in-depth educational tracks on the latest developments in intellectual property law.

Chris is a leading authority in the field of design law. He currently chairs 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.

After earning his engineering degree from Marquette University and his law degree from the University of Chicago, Chris served 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.

Chris 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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