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 Women’s Business Enterprises-certified) IP and business/corporate law firm. Ms Flener, who is registered with the USPTO, has around two decades of experience managing international and domestic patent and trademark portfolios in a wide range of areas; she has also been highly successful in helping companies reach their goals in M&A deals, including through the preparation, revision and negotiation of IP-related agreements.
Ms Flener is well regarded by clients and peers worldwide, is included in the IAM Patent 1000 and is recognised by Managing Intellectual Property as an “IP Star” and one of the “Top 250 Women in IP”. Ms Flener has also been recognised by High Times 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 spans 10 years and is in two particularly highly publicised 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, her business acumen and holistic approach to a company’s business goals have led to successfully achieving client’s goals. For instance, a client was awarded the TIME.com Invention of the Year Award and another has been recognised 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, publications, travel and in-person meetings.
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. When not working, Ms Flener can be found on a golf course.