Christopher V. Carani, Esq. is a partner and shareholder at McAndrews. He is an internationally recognized authority in the field of design law, which regards the protection and enforcement of product design through the use of design patents, copyrights, trade dress and international counterparts to these IP rights. He has litigated numerous disputes regarding design rights and has served as a legal consultant and expert witness in design law cases. In addition to his extensive bibliography, Carani is often invited to speak on the topic including presentation s at the United States Patent &Trademark Office (Washington D.C.), the World Intellectual Property Office (Geneva, Switzerland), and the European Union’s Office of Harmonization of the Internal Markets (Alicante, Spain).
Carani currently chairs the American Bar Associations Committee on Design Rights; previously and for 6 years Carani chaired the American Intellectual Property Law Association ‘s(“AIPLA”) Industrial Designs Committee. In the landmark design patent case Egyptian Goddess v. Swisa, which reshaped the law on design patents, Carani represented the amicus curiae American Intellectual Property Law Association (“AIPLA”), at both the petition and en banc phases.
After earning his law degree from the University of Chicago and engineering degree from Marquette University, Mr. Carani served as a law clerk to the Honorable Rebecca J. Pallmeyer at the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. He is a registered patent attorney licensed to practice before the USPTO.
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NY Tech Alliance
The mission of the NY Tech Alliance is to represent, inspire, support, and help lead the New York technology community and ecosystem to create a better future for all. Created through the merger of NY Tech Meetup and the New York Technology Council, the organization has over 60,000 individual and institutional members, reflecting the full spectrum of the greater New York area tech community and making it the largest tech organization in the region. Led by CEO Jessica Lawrence Quinn and President Erik Grimmelmann, and Chaired by Andrew Rasiej, the NY Tech Alliance continues the work of its predecessor organizations, hosts a monthly Meetup at NYU’s Skirball Auditorium as well as educational and social events, and continues to focus programming and advocacy efforts on issues important to the technology sector and New York.