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Tim Zarley Zarley Law Patent Attorneys

Timothy J. Zarley

Partner/Patent Attorney

Tim is extremely humble and hardworking, so we must do the bragging for him. He has filed over 1,500 patent applications, over 1,000 trademark applications, and handled over 100 litigations.

To say he’s a seasoned veteran in the intellectual property industry is, well, a bit of an understatement.
With an immense amount of industry experience, he lends our clients his expertise to effectively navigate through the intricacies of anything and everything IP. He matches our clients’ passion and enthusiasm about an idea or innovation and works to protect them as if they were his own. He’s an entrepreneur at heart and lives for the next groundbreaking idea.

Tim earned a B.S. in small business management, followed by an MBA, and then a J.D. all from Drake University. After graduation, Tim worked his way up from a clerk in 1996, becoming an associate in 1998. In 2001, Tim established Zarley Law with his father, Don Zarley. Don was a great mentor with over five decades of experience, growing a previous firm to twenty attorneys.

Today, Tim carries on the Zarley legacy by providing top notch service in a wide variety of industries and works tirelessly for client success.


Drake University Law School
J.D., with High Honors

Drake University

Drake University
B.S., Small Business Management

Technical Background – Physics, Drake University


United States Patent and Trademark Office
Iowa State Bar
Northern District Iowa
Southern District Iowa
Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

Technical Fields

Tim has broad experience, that spans all areas from mechanical devices, products and machines, to electrical devices, computer software, business methods, and product compositions. Here is just a sampling of his areas of expertise:

Agriculture – grain storage and handling, planting and harvesting equipment, and irrigation systems
Medical Equipment – artificial heart pump, catheter, and surgical instruments
Food Industry – food processing equipment such as devices for filling hot dog casings and meat coagulation, meat skinning devices
Heavy Equipment – hydrostatic engines and hydraulic control systems

Non-Legalese Facts

Big baseball history buff
Former competitor on hunter/jumper horseback riding circuits
Always ready for a tennis match or round of golf

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