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Cristopher Carani

Partner, McAndrews, Held & Malloy, Ltd

Mr. Carani is a partner at the Chicago-based IP law firm of McAndrews, Held & Malloy, Ltd. practicing in all area of IP. He is widely recognized as a leading authority in the field of design law, having litigated, prosecuted, published and lectured in the field for nearly 20 years. Chris is the current chair of the AIPPI Committee on Designs, and past chair of both AIPLA and ABA Design Rights Committees. In 2017, IAM Magazine included Chris in its IAM Patent 1000 referring to him as one of the nation’s “pre-eminent design law experts.” Chris is on faculty at Northwestern University School of Law as an Adjunct Professor teaching IP Law & Policy and at Chicago-Kent College of Law teaching Design Law. His new book, entitled “Design Rights: Functionality and Scope of Protection,” was published in September of 2017 by Wolters Kluwer N.V. He serves on the Advisory Design Council for The School of The Art Institute of Chicago and is an Ambassador Member of the Industrial Designer’s Society of America. Prior to joining McAndrews, Chris served as a law clerk to the Honorable Rebecca R. Pallmeyer at the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Chris earned his J.D. from University of Chicago and a B.S. in Engineering from Marquette University.

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