The John Marshall Law School Selects McAndrews Attorney Christopher V. Carani as a Featured Speaker on the Industrial (Design) Revolution


On April 11, 2017, McAndrews, Held & Malloy attorney Christopher V. Carani will be the featured speaker at The John Marshall Law School’s IP Lecture Series. Carani’s presentation, titled, “Industrial (Design) Revolution: From Spoons to Smartphones—Strategic Considerations for Design IP Protection and Enforcement,” will provide a lively and visually stimulating discussion on the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1871 design patent case Gorham v. White (spoons), and the ongoing battle of Apple v. Samsung (smartphones).

A leading authority on design rights, Carani will also discuss recent developments in design patent jurisprudence, including how to treat the concept of “functionality” in design patent law. He will offer insights on how to effectively protect not only traditional industrial designs, but graphic user interfaces and icons.

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Carani is a partner and shareholder at McAndrews, and has been with the firm since 1995. He practices in all areas of intellectual property law with a particular emphasis on design law, and has extensive experience litigating design patent cases, including representations before U.S. district courts, the federal circuit, U.S. Supreme Court, and the ITC. In 2015, IAM Magazine included him in its IAM Patent 1,000, referring to him as one of the U.S.’s “pre-eminent design law experts.” In the 2016, IAM Magazine noted that Carani “is one of the nation’s top design patent specialists.” Carani teaches IP law and policy as an adjunct professor at Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law.