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The Industry Lawyer - Meet Innovation’s Best Friend: Chicago Patent Lawyer, Zareefa Flener

By Zareefa B. Flener, Posted July 27, 2020

With a uniquely impressive background in biology, Flener combines 10 years of hands-on scientific laboratory experience with keen business acumen and deep legal understanding. She continues to push the limits of emerging industry and law. When you learn about her professional background it becomes clear that Flener loves a challenge and that’s just what she found in the cannabis industry.


Joining FLIP in the time of COVID-19

By Zareefa B. Flener, Posted April 20, 2020

The current COVID-19 pandemic has turned aspects of life as we have known it, on its head, making standardly stressful situations pale in comparison.... Yet, as we work remotely, we learn new or different tools and platforms to continue with business as usual, minimizing disruptions while trying to maximize efficiency and cohesiveness, while at the same time, bracing for the unknown.


Flener IP & Business Law welcomes Thomas G. Bowers, Esq. to the firm

By Zareefa B. Flener, Posted April 3, 2020

Flener IP & Business Law is proud to welcome Thomas G. Bowers, Esq. to the FLIP team. Zareefa B. Flener, Founder and Manager, has had the pleasure of knowing Thomas through his professional legal career and finally has the pleasure of introducing him as a member of the team.


Corsearch Virtual Round Table

By Zareefa B. Flener, Posted March 27, 2020

While we are all minding our social distance and quarantine rules at home, please join me at the Corsearch Virtual Round Table: Trademarks in the Cannabis Industry, March 31, 2020, 12pm - 2pm Eastern.


Cannabis and Hemp Law and Practice in Illinois

By Zareefa B. Flener, Posted February 15, 2020

I look forward to seeing you all at the Pincus Professional Education's "Cannabis and Hemp Law and Practice in Illinois" in Chicago on February 21, 2020, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Approved for 7.0 units of general CLE in Illinois.


Get to know the country's leading Cannabis Law Attorneys

By Zareefa B. Flener, Posted February 7, 2020

Today's most prominent cannabis companies have one thing in common, they've turned to experienced legal teams for guidance, right from the start.


FLIP is officially recognized as a WBENC- Certified Women’s Business Enterprise

By Zareefa B. Flener, Posted December 18, 2019

Flener IP & Business Law is certified as a Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) through the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), the nation’s largest third party certifier of businesses owned and operated by women in the US.


Zareefa B. Flener of Flener IP & Business Law Celebrates Milestone with Forbes Business Council

By Zareefa B. Flener, Posted November 27, 2019

Zareefa Flener, Managing Partner at Flener IP & Business Law, is celebrating her one-year anniversary as a member of the Forbes Business Council, an invitation-only organization for senior leaders to publish original content, connect and excel. View Zareefa's profile.


Cannabis in the Trademark Industry CLE Course on December 12, 2019

By Zareefa B. Flener, Posted November 25, 2019

Zareefa Flener will be a guest speaker at this event in Chicago, IL. Learn about the cannabis industry including general terminology, state laws, and key legislation, as well as clearance techniques and case examples relating specifically to trademarks. Two CLE credits will be issued.


CBD In The Law on November 12, 2019

By Zareefa B. Flener, Posted November 8, 2019

Zareefa Flener will be a guest speaker at the CBD In The Law event on November 12th in Chicago, IL. Learn how latest regulations affect CBD-related IP!


Zareefa Flener Attending the AIPPI World Congress in London on September 15-18, 2019

By Zareefa B. Flener, Posted September 13, 2019

Zareefa Flener, Managing Partner of FLIP, will be in London and would love to meet you at the AIPPI World Congress! Looking forward to seeing you there! Reach out by email to connect!


Elaine Ramesh Attended the AUTM Conference in Columbus, OH on July 29-31, 2019

By Zareefa B. Flener, Posted July 26, 2019

Partner, Elaine Ramesh attended the Association of University Technology Managers' Central Regional Meeting in Columbus, Ohio on July 29-31, 2019. To stay in touch with Elaine, contact her at [email protected].


New U.S. PTO Trademark Rule to Effect Foreign Trademark Applicants

By Zareefa B. Flener, Posted July 20, 2019

As of August 3, 2019, only U.S. barred attorneys will be able to represent trademark applicants before the U.S. PTO Trademark Office. What this means is that any applicant, from anywhere in the world, will have to engage a U.S. qualified lawyer, domiciled in the U.S. and in good standing with the state Bar, to file, prosecute and generally represent the applicant before the U.S. PTO in all trademark matters at the Trademark Office.


Zareefa Flener To Give A Presentation in Shenzen, China on July 12, 2019

By Zareefa B. Flener, Posted July 11, 2019

Zareefa Flener, Managing Partner, to give a presentation today, July 12, 2019, in Shenzen, China with her European and Korean counterpart, Alberto Giordano from Franco Martigani S.r.l in Italy and Jay Suh from Sungam International Patent and Law Firm.


ILLINOIS MOVES CLOSER TO LEGALIZING CANNABIS!!!

By Zareefa B. Flener, Posted May 30, 2019

The Illinois Senate has passed a comprehensive measure to allow recreational marijuana use — moving the state one big step closer to legalization. The Illinois Senate voted 38-17 to approve the legislation after about 40 minutes of debate. It must still pass the Illinois House.


ZAREEFA B. FLENER SPOKE AT MJBIZCON CANNABIS LAW SESSIONS IN NEW ORLEANS JUNE 11, 2019

By Zareefa B. Flener, Posted May 8, 2019

Zareefa B. Flener (Founder and Managing Parter) spoke on a panel at MJBizCon’s Cannabis Law Sessions on June 11, 2019 in New Orleans. serving up updates on the fast paced world of intellectual property in the cannabis industry.


RECREATIONAL CANNABIS FALLOUT?

By Zareefa B. Flener, Posted April 12, 2019

Our very own Bryna Dahlin (Partner) was interviewed by WGN in the Sean Green Show regarding what people should be aware of should cannabis become recreationally legal in Illinois.

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