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US and EU Design Law – A Growing Divide

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  • Christopher Carani

    Christopher V. Carani is a partner at 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 more than 20 years. Chris has extensive litigation experience, including high profile matters before U.S. district courts, the Federal Circuit, U.S. Supreme Court and the ITC. In 2019 and again in 2020, Chris was named to the IAM Strategy 300 – The World’s Leading IP Strategists. Chris is the current chair of the AIPPI Committee on Designs, and past chair of both AIPLA and ABA Design Rights Committees. Chris is on faculty at Northwestern University School of Law and as an Adjunct Professor teaching IP Law & Policy.

  • Henning Hartwig

    Henning Hartwig’s practice involves prosecution and litigation of IP rights in the fields of trademark, design, copyright and unfair competition law.

    His practice focuses primarily on national and international industrial design law, particularly multinational design infringement proceedings as well as invalidity proceedings before the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) in Alicante and the Court of Justice of the European Union in
    Luxembourg. As the editor of the four-volume casebook “Design Protection in Europe”, the only one of its kind, Henning Hartwig has unique access to unpublished decisions of Community and national design infringement courts throughout Europe. Clients in this field include computer, electronic-games, fitness-equipment and clothing manufacturers. Henning Hartwig was involved in one of the first infringement cases in Germany relating to an unregistered Community design and has coordinated a number of multi-jurisdictional infringement proceedings in Germany, Italy, Switzerland, France, Austria and the Netherlands.

    His other fields include European and national trademark law, unfair competition law and the global fight against product piracy, in which he represents clients in the sectors of consumer healthcare, direct response television marketing and the food industry. In a prominent case before the German Federal Court of Justice, Henning Hartwig was successful in defending a global chocolate manufacturer against claims asserted for injunctive relief and damages on account of alleged 3D trademark infringement and unfair competition.

April 20, 2022
Wed 12:30 PM EDT

Duration 1H 30M

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