Flener IP Law
300 W. Adams Street, Suite 840
Chicago IL 60606
Recommended for Prosecution, Illinois/USA (2015-2016 iam Patent 1000)
Zareefa is a managing partner at FLENER IP LAW and has extensive experience managing international patent and trademark portfolios in a wide range of areas. She has also been highly successful in obtaining company goals in M&A deals including preparing, revising and negotiating intellectual property related agreements. Zareefa regularly provides thorough and effective assistance to companies in their due diligence efforts.
Zareefa was in the laboratory doing hands on research also for almost ten years before becoming a patent (intellectual property) attorney. Her research and scientific experience is in two particularly explosive areas: HIV transmission and pathology, and mapping of the human genome.
In addition to her Juris Doctorate, she received her Master of Science degree from Loyola University of Chicago, with Distinction, an accolade which had never before been awarded to a graduate student, and she has a Bachelor of Science in biology and a double major in Psychology. Her masters project, from Loyola University of Chicago, involved mapping of the distal short arm of human chromosome 21, from the rDNA to the telomere, and she graduated with High Distinction. She 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.
She is well regarded by her clients and her peers, worldwide, for her attention to, and assistance with, international patent portfolios ranging from the electrical, to the mechanical, to the biotech, to the design arts, just to mention a few. She continues to strive for excellence through education and presentations to domestic colleagues at CLE functions, international associates and companies alike, as well as to tech parks, on the global state of intellectual property and specifically the nuances of patent prosecution and enforcement. Zareefa wrote a chapter in the Chinese publication, Mergers & Acquisitions, Wuhan University Press 2015, regarding due diligence in efforts to educate and smooth global IP endeavors.
Prior to establishing FLENER IP LAW, Zareefa practiced at a prestigious international intellectual property firm for a decade. She was voted in as the first female partner in one of the offices. Her dedication and responsiveness to her clients sets her apart from others and is just one of the reasons for her honorable recognition and accolades from the international community. Zareefa's clients have ranged from multinational companies to solo inventors, and she is well known to apply the same high level of care and dedication to each one.
Zareefa continues to work with a broad range of technology not the least of which is stem cells, virology, immunology, biochemical processes, cell culture, and laboratory instrument related inventions, among others. Zareefa also prepares and prosecutes applications in technology areas of design, mechanical, biochemistry, electrical and medical devices. Zareefa also manages international trademark portfolios.
Zareefa is a member of the Chicago Bar Association, National Association of Women Business Owners, INTA, and is on the Board of Directors of the Overseas Pakistani Entrepreneurs Network. She supports efforts to get women more involved in sciences and intellectual property, including sponsoring events through Chicago Women in IP. Zareefa is currently pursuing national certification for Flener IP Law as a Women Owed Business Enterprise, specifically in the field of intellectual property, and continues to make at least two trips to China to see her Chinese clients, colleagues and associates each year, illustrating that ties that bind are not only based on the bottom line, but increasingly fluid communication perseveres.