McAndrews Shareholder Christopher V. Carani to Speak at Design Patents in the Modern World Conference Hosted by Stanford Law School


Major Event Co-Sponsored by the Stanford Program in Law, Science & Technology, Google, Nike and Samsung Electronics

McAndrews, Held & Malloy Shareholder Christopher V. Carani will be a featured speaker at the Design Patents in the Modern World conference, hosted by Stanford Law School, on April 5, 2013, from 8:30 am-5:00 pm.  At the event, Carani joins leading attorneys, scholars and in-house counsel from companies such as Nike and Google who will discuss the increasing importance of design patents as a result of recent changes in law and high-profile cases like Apple v Samsung.  The conference will also explore both the practical and policy ramifications of these developments.

On April 5, from 11:00 am-12:30 pm, Carani will participate in the panel titled “The Scope of Design Patents.” The discussion will cover topics that include the landmark design patent case Egyptian Goddess v. Swisa, for which Carani represented the amicus curiae American Intellectual Property Law Association at the petition and en banc phases, the issue of validity-functionality and claim construction-functionality, and the “substantial similarity” standard and how it affects design-arounds.

Other confirmed speakers at the Design Patents in the Modern World conference include:
•     Sarah Burstein, University of Oklahoma
•     Dennis Crouch, University of Missouri
•     Alan Morgan Datri, World Intellectual Property Organization
•     Brian Hanlon, United States Patent & Trademark Office
•     Laura Heymann, William & Mary Law School
•     James Juo, Fulwider Patton
•     Robert Katz, Banner & Witcoff
•     Mark Lemley, Stanford Law School
•     Jaime Lemons, Nike
•     Katie Maksym, Nike
•     Mark McKenna, Notre Dame Law School
•     Michael Meehan, Google
•     Tom Moga, Shook Hardy & Bacon
•     John Pratt, Kilpatrick Townsend
•     Michael Risch, Villanova University
•     Perry Saidman, Saidman Design Law
•     Matt Schruers, Computer & Communications Industry Association

Carani is a leading authority in the field of design law. He has litigated numerous disputes regarding design rights and has served as a legal consultant and expert witness in design law cases.  Carani’s insights on the Apple v. Samsung patent litigation trial and its implications for the technology community were featured in major news outlets, including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, LA Times, InformationWeek, Bloomberg, Businessweek, Fortune/CNN Money, Reuters, International Herald Tribune, and PC World. He also made multiple guest appearances on CNBC, CNN, BBC, NPR, Bloomberg TV and Fox Business. Carani currently chairs the American Bar Association’s Committee on Design Rights.

After earning his engineering degree from Marquette University and his law degree from the University of Chicago, Carani 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 U.S. Patent & Trademark Office.

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