Christopher V. Carani, Esq. and partner at McAndrews, Held & Malloy, Ltd., (an IDSA Ambassador) has the requisite litigation experience needed to succeed in the fast-paced, complex field of intellectual property. Carani focuses on advising companies of any size, with special emphasis on securing and enforcing intellectual property rights.
Carani is an IDSA affiliate member who speaks at IDSA District Design and Medical Conferences; and co-led an IDSA Expert Design Witness Seminar in 2015.
Through his practice, Carani has gained significant experience counseling clients in a wide-range of industries, including but not limited to: apparel; accessories and footwear; automotive accessories; baby/children's products; beauty/hair care; bottle design; candies; confectioneries; cell phones and accessories; computers, accessories and software; consumer electronics and accessories; consumer retail products; cutlery, dental equipment; eyecare and eyewear; fabric design; fashion design; furniture; gaming; hardware and tools; home furnishings and housewares; industrial machinery; jewelry; lawn and garden; indoor and outdoor lighting; medical devices; music composition; musical instruments and accessories; non-woven fabrics; novelty items; packaging; refractometers; restaurant and beverage industry; safety devices; sporting goods and athletic equipment; toys and games; and visual arts.
Carani is recognized nationally in the field of design law which regards the protection and enforcement of product design through the use of copyrights, trade dress and design patents. He has successfully litigated numerous disputes regarding design rights. He also served as a consultant and expert witness in many design law cases. Carani's publication, “The New ‘Extra-Ordinary’ Observer Test for Design Patent Infringement,” which regards the law of design patent infringement, was selected as one of the 20 best law review articles of 2009 for inclusion in the Thompson Reuters (West) Patent Law Review 2010. Carani represented the American Intellectual Property Law Association in the landmark design patent case, Egyptian Goddess v. Swisa, where the positions set forth in his amicus briefs were adopted by the Federal Circuit. having reshaped the law on design patents.
Carani earned a bachelor of science degree in engineering with a minor in mathematics from Marquette University, then earned his JD from the University of Chicago Law School. Between his second and third year of law school, Carani completed studies at the Universitá di Siena, Italy. He honed his litigation skills during his appointment as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Rebecca Pallmeyer, US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.