Panelist Profile


Christopher Carani

McAndrews, Held & Malloy, Ltd, Partner (US)


Christopher V. Carani, Esq. is a partner at the Chicago-based IP law firm of McAndrews, Held & Malloy, Ltd. practicing in all areas of IP with particular emphasis on design law, which focuses on the protection of the appearance of products using a strategic combination of design rights, utility patents, trade dress and copyrights.  He is widely recognized as a leading authority in the field of design law having published and lectured in the field for over 20 years.  Chris has extensive experience litigating design law cases, including high profile matters before U.S. district courts, the Federal Circuit, U.S. Supreme Court and the ITC.  Some of the world’s most design centric companies have sought out Chris’s strategic insights into creating valuable design right portfolios, including the top filer of U.S. design patents. In 2019, Chris was named to the IAM Strategy 300 – The World’s Leading IP Strategists. In 2018, IAM Magazine included Chris in its IAM Patent 1000 referring to him as one of the U.S.’s “pre-eminent design law experts.” Chris is the current chair of the AIPPI Committee on Designs, and past chair of both AIPLA and ABA Design Rights Committees. Chris is current vice-chair of AIPPI-US. Chris is on faculty at Northwestern University School of Law and as an Adjunct Professor teaching IP Law & Policy.  His new book “Design Rights: Functionality and Scope of Protection,” published by Wolters Kluwer N.V., is the seminal work on these contentious and decisive issues.  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 in 1995, 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 B.S. in Engineering from Marquette University and J.D. from University of Chicago. He is licensed to practice before the USPTO.