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“One of the leaders in design law, Christopher Carani can be counted on to find value in even the most overlooked and underutilised assets.” He is not only a deft creator of value, but also a great presence in court, where he has litigated many high-profile matters.
Christopher V Carani is a partner at Chicago-based IP law firm McAndrews, Held & Malloy Ltd. He practises in all areas of intellectual property, with a particular emphasis on design law, focusing on the protection of the appearance and configuration of consumer products using a strategic combination of design rights, utility patents, trade dress and copyrights.
He is widely recognised as a leading authority in the field of design law, having published and lectured in the field for more than 20 years. Mr Carani has extensive experience litigating design law cases, including high-profile matters before US district courts, the Federal Circuit, the International Trade Commission and the US Supreme Court. Some of the world’s most design-centric companies have sought out Mr Carani’s strategic insights into creating valuable design right portfolios, including the top filer of US design patents. IAM Patent 1000 has recognised Mr Carani as one of the United States’ “pre-eminent design law experts”.
Mr Carani is currently the president of AIPPI-US, which is the national chapter of the AIPPI. Mr Carani is current chair of the AIPPI Committee on Designs and past chair of both the American Intellectual Property Law Association and the American Bar Association Design Rights Committees.
He is on faculty at Northwestern University School of Law as an adjunct professor teaching IP law and policy. His book, Design Rights: Functionality and Scope of Protection, published by Wolters Kluwer NV, is the seminal work on these contentious and decisive issues. The second edition of the book was released in early 2022.
Before joining McAndrews, Mr Carani served as a law clerk to Rebecca R Pallmeyer at the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. He earned his BS in engineering from Marquette University and a JD from the University of Chicago. He is licensed to practise before the USPTO.