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 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
Green, Griffith & Borg-Breen LLP is a preeminent boutique intellectual property law firm, focusing on pharmaceuticals, chemistry and biotechnology—specializing in litigation. Our attorneys share decades of experience partnering with both brand and generic companies to navigate the most complex IP and related FDA issues, including the Hatch-Waxman Act.
Acknowledged leaders in our field, we help clients build and execute targeted, timely and cost-effective IP strategies from project initiation through litigation, with an eye toward securing market position and overcoming obstacles to new product entry. Our range of services includes counseling regarding strategic formulation, portfolio and due diligence, as well as handling all stages of trial and appeals concerning IP and related FDA issues affecting 505(b)(1), 505(b)(2) and ANDA applications, and their related drug products and therapies.
Each of our attorneys have extensive scientific backgrounds—many with Ph.D.s-- that permit exploration of technical solutions at a deep level. This expertise, coupled with our unparalleled experience litigating at the PTO and in the federal courts, positions us to work with each client to craft and execute the best strategy to attain our clients’ goals.
Our extensive experience, technical expertise, big picture vision, and integrated strategy consistently produce favorable outcomes for companies developing, protecting, and commercializing their products, processes and therapies. Visit: www.greengriffith.com to learn more.
We are an IP Litigation powerhouse for technology, life sciences and health technology in patents, trade secrets and commercial litigation with unparalleled trial success at all levels at each forum and venue. Our approach integrates our practices to provide businesses with comprehensive intellectual property protections. Our litigation expertise and experience also gives us an edge in advising our clients on the likely outcomes of litigation, including in the context of corporate acquisitions and portfolio management. Our approach, which supports “small firm” key partner attention with the “large firm” resources ensures our clients receive effective and efficient representation at every stage of the case. We are committed to helping clients structure the most comprehensive and workable enforcement and defense for all aspects of their intellectual property.
Bench and Jury Trials at the U.S. District Courts
We have litigated and counseled on patent and trade secrets issues across a wide range of industries, including software, hardware, electronics, chemical processes, telecommunications, consumer goods, manufacturing, sales, financial services, and pharmaceuticals.
We are also experts in §101 invalidity challenges with a near-perfect record in district court and the Federal Circuit, pursuing and obtaining attorneys’ fees, and obtaining wins in Federal Circuit appeals.
We are experts in the nuances of life sciences patent litigation, including Hatch-Waxman Act and biosimilars patent litigation under the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act, and the intersecting FDA regulatory regime in which these cases operate.
We have handled over 400 post-grant proceedings before the U.S. Patent Trial and Appeal Board, on behalf of both petitioners and patent owners across a wide range of industries.
Our attorneys have been hailed as ones who can be “trust[ed] . . . with crown jewels, and have been described as “PTAB mastermind[s],” “PTAB trial guru[s],” knowing the PTAB “like the back of [their] hands,” and “understand[ing] all the rules and subtleties of IPR proceedings better than anyone I’ve ever worked with.”
Our attorneys worked on the first ever PTAB proceeding on the technology side and also led the first ever successful defense of a pharmaceutical patent.
ITC Section 337 Investigations
We represent both complainants and respondents, and have been at the forefront of recent cutting-edge decisions at the ITC.
We have served as counsel in more than 60 Section 337 Investigations, and have appeared before each of the Presiding Administrative Law Judges (ALJs), including multiple successes before Customs in ensuring our clients’ products are not excluded from the United States.
We represent clients in all aspects of litigation related to arbitration, including bringing and defending motions to compel arbitration, obtaining and opposing interim and protective measures in aid of arbitration, seeking and opposing recognition of arbitral awards, seeking and opposing the annulment of arbitral awards, and disputes over the taking of evidence in the US in aid of international arbitrations and foreign litigation.
We regularly draft, advise, and teach courses on the drafting and interpretation of arbitration and forum-selection agreements in circumstances ranging from simple two-party deals to complex commercial transactions involving multiple parties, jurisdictions, and applicable laws. We recognize that each matter is unique and strive to meet our client’s objectives in the most cost-effective manner.
Supreme Court and Appellate Review
We have top-notch appellate capabilities and can handle an IP litigation matter from start to finish.
Our lawyers are skilled in the art of written and oral advocacy, as well as in simplifying technical arguments for generalist Federal Circuit judges.
We devote our practice to the craft of conceiving and presenting argument on complex, law-intensive issues, bringing to bear our many years of experience in areas of law that cut across traditional legal disciplines, such as constitutional interpretation, damages, procedure, and jurisdiction.
Husch Blackwell’s Intellectual Property team is full service with nationally recognized practitioners across all areas of IP, including prosecution and litigation. With approximately 100 lawyers who devote significant time to IP matters, our team is comparable to a mid-sized IP boutique and is one of the largest such teams in the Midwestern U.S. Within our geographic footprint, we are the firm of choice for a number of large and emerging businesses.