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Fishman Stewart announces arbitration award in complex patent arbitration case

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Troy, Mich.—October 6, 2023— Intellectual property specialty law firm Fishman Stewart PLLC is pleased to announce that Barbara L. Mandell, a partner in the firm as well as an arbitrator, had an arbitration award confirmed on September 27, 2023, by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, Hon. William C. Griesbach. The award was in Formtec v. Spherical, a multi-issue patent arbitration. Mandell presided as panel chair over the case, which was tried for three days in Chicago in the summer of 2022.

 Mandell has presided over more than 60 commercial arbitrations for the American Arbitration Association, both as a solo and on a panel. The Formtec v. Spherical case was the first time she served as panel chair. In addition to alternative dispute resolution, Mandell’s thriving practice focuses on commercial litigation, copyright and trademark law and antitrust. She litigates, arbitrates and counsels her clients on patent, trademark and licensing matters, theft of trade secrets, breach of license and franchise agreements, trade dress and copyright infringement claims, and counterfeiting, unfair competition and false advertising claims.

Mandell is a frequently lauded attorney. She has been named a Super Lawyer, Best Lawyer, Leading Lawyer and DBusiness Top Lawyer multiple times, and was included in the Influential Women of Law Class of 2022 by the legal trade publication Michigan Lawyers Weekly.

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