Zarema E. Gunnels, Ph.D. is an associate in the Washington, D.C., office and member of the Intellectual Property Practice Group's Patent Team.
Zarema procures patents and assists with IP portfolio development and strategy in the areas of immunology, enzymes (particularly those useful in biofuel and industrial-enzyme applications), genetics and nucleotides, protein and peptide chemistry, pharmaceuticals, and microbiology. She also prepares infringement, freedom-to-operate, validity, and due diligence opinions.
Prior to joining Drinker Biddle, Zarema was an associate at a large intellectual property firm, where she gained extensive experience in patent litigation, prosecution and opinion matters.
In General. She received her bachelor's degree in biology, magna cum laude, from the University of Louisville in 1997 and her Ph.D. in physiology and biophysics from the University of Louisville School of Medicine in 2002. In 2005, she earned her J.D., cum laude, from the University of Georgia School of Law, where she served as a Notes Editor for the Georgia Law Review.
During law school, she served as a governor's intern for the Hon. Charles A. Pannell, Jr. of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia.
Zarema is fluent in Russian.
Admitted in Georgia and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. District of Columbia Bar application pending; practice supervised by partners of the firm who are active D.C. Bar members pursuant to D.C. Bar Rule 49(c)(8).