Zareefa Burki Flener
Managing Partner at Flener IP & Business Law
Zareefa Burki Flener is the founder and managing partner at Flener IP & Business Law, a women-owned and WBE-Certified IP and business/corporate law firm. Ms Flener, is registered with the USPTO, and has more than two decades of experience managing international and domestic patent and trademark portfolios in a wide range of areas. Zareefa is well regarded by clients and peers worldwide, is included in the IAM Patent 1000 and is recognized by Managing Intellectual Property as an “IP Star” and one of the “Top 250 Women in IP”. She has also been recognized by High Times magazine as a “Leader in Cannabis Law”.
Before becoming an attorney, Ms Flener received her MSc from Loyola University of Chicago with distinction. Her scientific research and experience span 10 years and are in two particularly highly publicized areas: HIV transmission and pathology, and mapping of the human genome. She also obtained her MSc with high distinction. Ms Flener is well published in the field of HIV pathology in such journals as the American Journal of Pathology, Clinical Immunology and the Journal of Clinical Investigation. While her science background is useful in understanding inventions related to the plant chemistry, and biotech, her business acumen and holistic approach to a company’s business goals have led to successfully achieving and maintaining market dominance for clients. For instance, a client was awarded the TIME.com Invention of the Year Award and another has been recognized by FAST Company as one of the most innovative companies.
She continues to manage the firm, IP portfolios (from Fortune 500 companies to solo inventors and universities), while also contributing to public IP know-how through participation in panels and publications. Ms Flener is a member of Forbes Business Counsel, the American Intellectual Property Law Association, the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property, INTA, the American Bar Association and the Chicago Bar Association, serves on various boards and actively supports women’s professional groups including Chicago Women in IP. When not working, Ms Flener can be found on a golf course, spending time with family, and when permitted, travelling.