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Cristopher Carani

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.

Recent Articles by Cristopher Carani

Recent 3M patents showcase innovative developments in nanomaterials, glass, dental devices

During 2014, 3M received 517 patents from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, putting it in 80th place among companies petitioning the USPTO for patents that year. The company has received 143 U.S. patents in the past three months, according to Innography’s patent portfolio analysis tools. The text cluster provided here details widespread R&D in optical film, electrical cable, abrasive particles and curable compositions.

AT&T’s merger with DirecTV leads to an increase in television service innovations

Prevention of the unauthorized use of television services is also reflected in U.S. Patent No. 9124933, entitled Method and System for Detecting Unauthorized Use of a Set Top Box Using Expected Terrestrial Signal Identification, originally a DirecTV patent which became AT&T’s property after its merger. It discloses a method of determining expected terrestrial signal identifiers for a billing address of a fixed user device at a head end, receiving a plurality of terrestrial signals identifying a respective source at the fixed user device, communicating the expected terrestrial signal identifiers to the fixed user device, storing those identifiers in the fixed user device’s memory, comparing stored identifiers to received identifiers and denying the fixed user device from accessing satellite signals in response to the comparison. This invention is intended to provide a mechanism to ensure that television subscribers are following access rules laid out by government regulations or contracted with content providers, like blackout restrictions.

Digital Single Market: EU-wide consultation on online platforms has launched

The Consultation is part of the Commission’s assessment of the role of online platforms, promised in its Communication on a Digital Single Market Strategy for Europe (DSM) dated 6 May 2015. The Consultation covers a range of topics, including several controversial issues concerning transparency of online platforms and the proper extent of the hosting defence under the E-Commerce Directive. Interested parties have until around the end of December 2015 to respond (the exact closing date has not yet been published).

Apple innovations in virtual music, seeks patent on fuel cell for portable computing device

The most intriguing patent application we’ve seen recently is Apple’s patent application titled ‘Fuel Cell System to Power a Portable Computing Device.’ It would protect a fuel cell system for a portable computing device comprising a fuel cell stack converting fuel into electrical power, a fuel source for the fuel cell stack and an interface to the portable device which includes a power link providing power to the portable device and a bidirectional communication link providing communication between the portable device and a fuel cell stack’s controller which sends fuel state information to the portable device and receives fuel cell control information. This innovation seeks to incorporate fuel cell electricity generation tech into portable computing devices for which it’s difficult to provide cost-effective and portable fuel cell systems, as the patent application itself points out.

Past Events with Cristopher Carani

NAPP Annual Meeting & Virtual Conference

July 19, 2021 @ 11:30 am - July 21, 2021 @ 5:00 pm EDT

UIC John Marshall Law School’s 63rd Annual IP Conference

November 1, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 7:15 pm CDT

NAPP 2019 AMC

July 22, 2019 @ 7:30 am - July 24, 2019 @ 5:00 pm PDT

2018 NAPP Annual Conference and Meeting

July 18, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - July 21, 2018 @ 12:15 pm EDT