Christopher V. Carani

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McAndrews, Held & Malloy, Ltd.

Christopher V. Carani, Esq. is a partner at McAndrews, Held & Malloy, Ltd., where he has been since 1995.  Chris is current chair of AIPPI Committee on Designs, and past chair of both AIPLA and ABA Design Rights Committees. He is a leading authority in the field of design law, having published and lectured on the topic extensively.

Chris has led many successful enforcement actions and in 2016, IAM Magazine included Chris in its IAM Patent 1000 referring to him as one of the U.S.’s “pre-eminent design law experts.” In the landmark design patent case Egyptian Goddess v. Swisa, he authored amicus briefs on behalf of the AIPLA at both the petition and en banc stages taking positions ultimately adopted by the court and reshaping design patent jurisprudence.

Chris is on faculty at Northwestern University School of Law as an Adjunct Professor teaching IP law.  Chris was conferred his J.D. from The Law School at The University of Chicago.  He also holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Marquette University.  Prior to joining McAndrews, he served as a law clerk to the Honorable Rebecca R. Pallmeyer at the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.  Away from the law, Chris is a studied jazz musician playing upright bass on the Chicago jazz circuit.

Featured Session:

October 14, 2016
Afternoon Session 1: Design Patents & Ecommerce