CHICAGO – Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP is pleased to announce that it has been named 2010 “Firm of the Year – Midwest” in the area of copyright law by Managing Intellectual Property magazine. This recognition was based on an independent review of published cases that influence intellectual property law, as well as interviews with parties to published cases and lawyers not involved in the matters.

In selecting Katten as the Midwest’s top copyright firm for 2010, Managing Intellectual Property pointed to the firm’s victory on behalf of client Penthouse Media Group Inc. in the landmark case Roxbury v. Penthouse. The case involved a First Amendment defense to a trademark infringement claim involving a movie title. Although copyrights were not directly at issue in the case, the interest of copyright owners in the freedom to use titles that are relevant to copyrighted content made this case particularly significant in the eyes of Managing Intellectual Property’s selection panel.

“Our entire Intellectual Property Practice is honored to be recognized by a publication as respected in the industry as Managing Intellectual Property,” said Floyd A. Mandell, national co-chair of Katten’s Intellectual Property Practice. “This award is indicative not only of the quality of our attorneys’ work on the Roxbury matter, but also of the exceptional skill of all of our IP attorneys and their unwavering dedication to protecting the interests of their clients.”

Katten’s Intellectual Property serves domestic and international companies seeking to protect and benefit from their intellectual property, including industry leaders in apparel, entertainment, telecommunications, software, electronics, health care and insurance. The practice’s attorneys have spent their careers in intellectual property law and have built one of the nation’s leading practices. Katten has demonstrated skill, experience and depth in matters such as complex transactions, licensing valuable technology and brands, and high-profile lawsuits where a company’s most valuable intellectual property is at stake.