March 12, 2024
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm | Hybrid

CIPLIT Faculty Lecture: LKQ Corp. v. General Motors

Join CIPLIT and the Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago (IPLAC)

for a discussion on LKQ Corp. v General Motors with speakers

Joshua Sarnoff (DePaul Law) and Christopher Carani (McAndrews, Held & Malloy, Ltd.).

This program will be hybrid, both in person (Lewis 805, 25 E Jackson Blvd) and online.

1 hour of IL CLE will available for all attendees. Lunch for in-person guests.

RSVP to with how you plan to attend and your ARDC #, if you're seeking CLE.


In LKQ Corp. v. General Motors, the en banc U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit will decide the proper standard of “obviousness” for design patents. LKQ challenged the requirements established in earlier Federal Circuit precedents for a “primary reference” that is “basically the same” as the claimed design, and for any prior art used to modify that primary reference to be “so related” that it would suggest substitution of its features with those of the primary reference. Join us for lunch to hear from two authors of amicus briefs in the case who attended the oral argument, Christopher V. Carani, Shareholder at McAndrews, Held & Malloy, Ltd., and Professor Joshua D. Sarnoff, DePaul U. College of Law. They will discuss the importance of the case, the arguments presented, and their predictions about what rule for design obviousness the court may establish going forward. The lunch is co-hosted by the Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago and DePaul’s Center for Intellectual Property and Information Technology (CIPLIT).

Christopher V. Carani

McAndrews, Held & Malloy, LTD.

Prof. Joshua D. Sarnoff

DePaul University
College of Law