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Webinar: At the Intersection: Trade Dress, Design Patent and Copyright Protection of Product Designs and Packaging

October 13 @ 12:00 pm 1:00 pm

This program offers 1 participatory MCLE credit.

Presented by Trademark Interest Group.


Packaging and product designs pose unique challenges and concepts for IP prosecutors and litigators. Ornamental designs, functionality, useful articles, picture claims and visibility requirements may be unfamiliar to some IP lawyers, particularly if their practice does not embrace all forms of potential protection. Our experienced speakers will provide practical advice and explore the basics and issues involved in this interdisciplinary topic.

Speakers: Christopher Carani and Perry Saidman

Moderator: Robert Payne


Christopher V. Carani is a partner at the Chicago-based IP law firm of McAndrews, Held & Malloy, practicing in all areas of IP with particular emphasis on design law. He has published and lectured in the field for more than 20 years and has extensive experience litigating high-profile matters before U.S. district courts, the Federal Circuit, U.S. Supreme Court and the ITC. Chris is the current chair of the AIPPI Committee on Designs, and past chair of both AIPLA and ABA Design Rights Committees. His book “Design Rights: Functionality and Scope of Protection,” is the seminal work on these contentious and divisive issues.

Christopher V. Carani

Perry Saidman is a recognized pioneer in design law. He has more than 40 years of experience providing strategic advice and design protection and enforcement strategies. His expertise in prosecution issues facilitates resolution of difficult or unusual cases.  In 1988 he litigated the seminal design patent infringement case Avia Group Int’l. v. L.A. Gear Cal. Inc., 853 F.2d 1557 (Fed. Cir.).  Over the years he has authored notable appellate briefs, including as amicus curiae on behalf of Apple Inc. in the Federal Circuit’s 2008 en banc decision of Egyptian Goddess v. Swisa, and in the Federal Circuit’s 2014 case Apple v. Samsung. Perry is active in bar associations, including the Design Rights Committee of the IPO, INTA’s Design Rights Committee, and AIPLA’s Industrial Designs Committee which he founded in 1989. He has taught Design Law as an adjunct professor at George Washington Law and authors a blog at designlawperspectives.com covering recent design law cases and happenings.  

Perry Saidman

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