How can you differentiate between inspiration and imitation? Just how much inspiration can a company take from another before it is patent and trade dress infringement?
The Apple v Samsung case has gained a lot of attention for industrial design and the importance of IP in recent months. What do designers and businesses need to know about IP going forward?
Please join Beyond Design and IDSA-Chicago on Monday, November 12th, and listen to our guest speaker, Christopher V. Carani, discuss this topic and provide insight into what we should know about IP going forward. Carani is a partner and shareholder at the intellectual property law firm of McAndrews, Held & Malloy, Ltd. based in Chicago. He has published and lectured extensively on the topic of design law and is a frequent contributor to CNN on intellectual property law issues (you can view his full bio at the end of this post).
The event is free for IDSA members and $15 for non-IDSA members. Please feel free to email us here with any questions (or if you’d like to RSVP). We hope to see you there!
Bio of Christopher V. Carani
Christopher V. Carani, Esq. is a partner and shareholder at the intellectual property law firm of McAndrews, Held & Malloy, Ltd. (“McAndrews”) based in Chicago, Illinois. Carani is a leading authority in the field of design law, counseling clients on a wide range of strategic design protection and enforcement issues; he is often called upon to render infringement, validity and design-around opinions and serve as a legal consultant/expert in design law cases. Carani has worked extensively with clients to secure a wide array of design rights both in the U.S and outside of the U.S. He has published and lectured extensively on the topic and is a frequent contributor to CNN on intellectual property law issues. He is also often called upon to provide comment to other media outlets, including New York Times, Wall Street Journal, NPR, PBS TV, CNBC TV, BBC, Bloomberg TV, Reuters, InformationWeek, Fast Company, ComputerWorld, PCWorld, Washington Post, L.A. Times, Chicago Tribune, Forbes, Fortune, and FoxBusiness TV.
Mr. Carani currently chairs the American Bar Association’s Design Rights Committee, and is the past chair of the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) Committee on Industrial Designs. 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. In 2009 and 2011-12, he was an invited keynote speaker at the United States Patent & Trademark Office’s (“USPTO”) Design Day.
Prior to joining McAndrews, Mr. Carani served as a law clerk to the Honorable Rebecca R. Pallmeyer at the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Mr. Carani was conferred his Juris Doctorate from The Law School at The University of Chicago. He also holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Marquette University.
He is currently licensed to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Federal Circuit Court of Appeals and other U.S. District Courts. He is a registered patent attorney licensed to practice before the USPTO.