McAndrews, Held & Malloy Becomes Newest IDSA Ambassador

One of the most highly regarded teams of intellectual property attorneys, patent agents and technology specialists in the United States is now an IDSA Ambassador. McAndrews, Held & Malloy, Ltd., based in Chicago, is a full-service IP firm with deep experience in all aspects of utility patent, design patent, trademark, trade dress, copyright and unfair competition law. McAndrews regularly represents clients before the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), foreign patent offices, US District Courts, the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals and the International Trade Commission.

As one of the world’s main thought leaders in the field of design IP (covering design patents, trade dress and copyright), McAndrews routinely is called upon to protect and enforce some of the world’s most iconic designs. Whether for product design, UX/UI design, graphical user interfaces, icons and apps, the firm’s close familiarity with the intricacies of US and international design law allows it to take full advantage of the worldwide protection strategies, including cost savings offered by international filing systems.

“From our representation of IDSA before the US Supreme Court in a 2008 case involving the test for design patent infringement, to our leadership role teaching the IDSA seminar designed to educate designers on how to serve as expert witnesses in design IP cases, to our support of IDSA District Design, Medical and International Conferences—McAndrews has long recognized and valued the broad vision that IDSA brings to the legal and design marketplace," says Christopher V. Carani, Esq. and partner, A/IDSA. "McAndrews is honored to become an IDSA Ambassador of Excellence.”

Carani is a leading voice in the field of design IP and has published and lectured extensively on the topic, including as a speaker at IDSA conferences. He’s scheduled to speak in April on Intellectual Property: 5 Dos and 5 Don’ts for Product Designers on April 30 at the IDSA Northeast District Design Conference in New York City. Carani represents some of the world’s most design-centric companies—including the top filer of US design patents. He has worked with clients to secure more than 2,000 design rights in the United States and 70-plus countries. In 2015, the prestigious Intellectual Asset Management (IAM)  journal included Carani in its IAM Patent 1000, referring to him one as of the “pre-eminent design law experts” in the United States.

Carani is the chair of the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property Design Rights Committee; immediate past chair of the American Bar Association's Design Rights Committee; and former chair of the American Intellectual Property Law Association's Committee on Industrial Designs. He earned an engineering degree from Marquette University and a law degree from the University of Chicago and served as a law clerk in the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. He's also an adjunct professor of law at the Northwestern University School of Law and a frequent contributor to CNN and other major global media on intellectual property law issues.