Flener IP & Business Law


77 West Washington Street, Suite 800

Tel:+1 312 724 8874

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Founder and Manager: Zareefa B. Flener

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Established: 2014
Number of Partners: 2
Number of IP Practitioners: 6

Flener IP & Business Law (FLIP) is a Women-Owned WBE-certified intellectual property (IP) law firm specializing in patent, trademark, and copyright preparation, registration and maintenance. FLIP is also called upon to provide licensing, due diligence, merger and acquisition support, litigation, due diligence and corporate law counsel inside and outside the intellectual property arena. FLIP is a proud member of the National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms. 

FLIP attorneys draw from experience as in-house counsel, outside counsel, and have years of hands on professional scientific experience to achieve client goals. FLIP reliably guides domestic and international intellectual property portfolios in a variety of different technical areas including technologies range from mechanical, to biotech, design, chemical, aerospace, medical devices, and computer software arts to support FLIP client business goals.

Zareefa B.Flener, Founder and Manager, is a U.S. PTO registered intellectual property attorney. She is well versed in patent/trademark/copyright preparation, prosecution, and litigation/opposition work in both the federal courts and the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, providing a well rounded approach to clients' intellectual property. Zareefa's partner, Elaine M. Ramesh PhD JD, also a U.S. PTO registered intellectual property attorney, rounds out the chemical/pharmaceutical practice.

FLIP was created in 2014, and with the support of clients and the global IP community continues to grow and share through speaking engagements, publications, and support and sponsorship of IP endeavors in the local IP community. Together, professionals at FLIP offer more than three decades of experience to clients, building a solid foundation for any company, University or individual.

By weaving modern technologies into the FLIP platform, the professionals are free to focus on clients’ legal matters and business goals. Having IP and business law under one roof, allows FLIP to provide a holistic approach to business objectives. True to core values, FLIPs nimble responsiveness to client needs has successfully navigated corporate clients to enviable leading positions in market segments, including in the crowded and growing cannabis world. FLIP continues to grow, energized by accolades from colleague and clients alike, such as being included in the iam 1000 as a leading IP firm.


Network Memberships: INTA, AIPPI, AIPLA, ChiWIP, ABA, CBA, PAT-GOT, OPEN board member, NCBA, Forbes Business Council

Practice Areas: Designs, Copyright, IP transactions, Life sciences, Patent prosecution, Patent strategy & counseling, Trade mark contentious, Trade mark litigation, Trade mark office proceedings, Trade mark prosecution, Trade mark strategy & counseling

Sector Expertise: Aerospace & defence, Biotechnology, Chemistry, Mechanical, Life sciences, Instruments, Medical device, Nanotechnology, Pharmaceutical, Renewable energy, Semiconductors, Robotics, Technology hardware, Universities & research