About Floyd A. Mandell
Floyd Mandell is the national co-chair and founder of the firm's Intellectual Property department. He has represented some of the world’s most recognizable companies in intellectual property litigation. Few other lawyers have handled as many high-profile cases over the past 20 years involving copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets, trade dress, false advertising and defamation. He has been lead counsel in more than 40 published decisions, many involving novel or cutting-edge issues. On more than one occasion, Floyd has litigated cases with more than $1 billion at stake for his clients.
Widely respected for bet-the-company IP litigation
Floyd has served as lead trial counsel for globally recognized brands in technology (Microsoft Corporation, Yahoo!, Intel, Panasonic, Sanyo, Stripe), food and beverage (PepsiCo/Gatorade, Boar’s Head, Cracker Barrel, Planet Hollywood), retail and fashion (Forever 21, Arcadia Group Limited and its Topshop brand, Tommy Hilfiger, ASICS, Fruit of the Loom), media (Cumulus Media; Westwood One; Times Mirror, Inc.), entertainment (Universal Studios; Universal Music Group; Home Box Office, Inc.; E! Entertainment Television, LLC; Scripps Network), pharma and health care (Bausch & Lomb) and beyond.
Floyd's client relationships frequently span many years, and leading companies turn to him again and again for his business-focused guidance. They trust him with their most significant legal problems. Usually, these are disputes that threaten a famous brand, like the trademark action against PepsiCo over Gatorade's use of a slogan referring to it as "The Sports Fuel Company." Floyd earned a summary judgment victory for PepsiCo, which had been found liable for millions of dollars in a previous similar case. Similarly, Floyd secured a summary judgment victory for Microsoft, affirmed on appeal, involving a claimed infringement arising out of its X-Box product.
Floyd is consistently ranked among the top intellectual property litigators in the United States by Chambers USA, Legal 500, Law360, the National Law Journal, and other outlets. Recognized as a skilled mediator and arbitrator, he is a member of the Panel of Neutrals for the Alternative Dispute Resolution Program sponsored by the International Trademark Association. He is on the list of mediators/arbitrators recommended by the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois for Lanham Act cases.
"Department cochair Floyd Mandell is a widely respected IP practitioner, skilled at handling an array of complex and high-profile litigation. He is particularly noted for his expertise in trademark disputes."
Chambers USA 2019
(Illinois, Intellectual Property) survey response
- Intellectual property and unfair competition counseling and litigation
- Technology and privacy disputes including defense of privacy-related class action cases
- False advertising
- Entertainment and First Amendment litigation
- Defamation, libel and trade libel cases
- Mediation and arbitration
- SportFuel Inc. v. PepsiCo Inc., et al., No. 18-3010 (7th Cir. Aug. 2, 2019).
- Adidas America, Inc., et al. v. Forever 21, Inc., 3:17-cv-00377 (C.D. Oregon, pending).
- Toni Basil v. Disney, Kohl's, Forever 21, 126 U.S.P.Q.2d 1046 (C.D. Cal. 2018).
- Dermfx, Inc. v. Obagi Medical Products, Inc., 2017 WL 2684548 (C.D. Cal. 2017).
- ABS Entertainment, Inc. v. Cumulus Media Inc., et al., 1:15-cv-06806 (S.D.N.Y. 2018).
- Peter Ludlow v. Sun-Times Media LLC, et al., 14 L 1529 (Ill. App. Ct. 1st Dist. 2015).
- E.G. Ground Management v. YCharts and Morningstar, CV15-00055 (C.D. Cal. 2015), motion to dismiss granted.
- Berkley Networks Corporation v. Inmarket Media, LLC, et al., 2014 WL 8332290 (S.D.N.Y. 2015).
- Stuart J. Kaufman, M.D. & Associates, P.A. v. Bausch & Lomb Inc., WL 6154166 (M.D. Fla. 2013).
- Braddock v. Angelina Jolie, WL 2282219 (N.D. Ill. 2012).
- Kinbook, LLC v. Microsoft Corp., 866 F. Supp. 2d 453 & WL 246291 (E.D. Pa. 2012). Kinbook, LLC v. Microsoft Corp., 490 F. App'x. 491 (C.A.3 (Pa.) 2013). AFFIRMED.
- Arcadia Group Brands Ltd. v. Studio Moderna SA, WL 3584469 (N.D. Ill. 2011).
- E! Entertainment Television, Inc. v. Entertainment One GP Ltd., 363 F. App'x. 510 (C.A.9 (Cal.) 2010).
- Roxbury Entertainment v. Penthouse Media Group, Inc., 669 F. Supp. 2d 1170 (C.D. Cal. 2009).
- Karl Storz GMBH & Co. KG v. Bausch & Lomb Inc., 345 F. App'x. 579 (C.A.Fed. 2009).
- GTFM, LLC v. Universal Studios, Inc., WL 1377048 (S.D.N.Y. 2006).
- In re Aimster Copyright Litigation, 334 F.3d 643 (C.A.7 (Ill.) 2003).
- Agave Loco LLC v. Sazerac North America, Inc., et al., 107 U.S.P.Q.2d 1270 (N.D. Ill. 2013).
- Microsoft Corporation v. Community Health Systems, Inc., 3:18-cv-00291 (D. Tenn. 2018).
- Planet Hollywood v. Hollywood Casino, 80 F. Supp. 2d 815 (N.D. Ill. 1999).
Intellectual Property Co-Chairs Karen Artz Ash and Floyd Mandell Featured on List of Elite Trademark Attorneys WorldwideSeptember 17, 2020
Katten Attorneys Distinguished as Top Legal Talent in the 2021 Best Lawyers in America and Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch ListsAugust 20, 2020
Katten Named Top-Tier Firm in Structured Finance and Securitization by The Legal 500 United States 2020 GuideJune 16, 2020
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Significant trademark win by Floyd Mandell and Julia Mazur ranked among Top 10 Trademark Rulings of 2019December 31, 2019
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Supreme Court Gives TTAB Decisions Preclusive Effect Over Federal Court Infringement Actions in Limited CircumstancesMarch 25, 2015
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Presentations and Events
Moderator | Secrets for Success in Mediating Lanham Act CasesMay 2–6, 2015
Panelist | Cutting Edge Issues in Intellectual Property LitigationSeptember 12, 2014
Panelist | The Shape of Things to Come: Clearing and Protecting High-Tech Product ConfigurationsMay 10–14, 2014
PresenterMarch 31, 2010
Successful Partnering Between Inside and Outside Counsel: 10 Commandments to Successful Partnering RelationshipPresenterApril 12, 2007
SpeakerNovember 16, 2006