May 30, 2024

Paul Zarek Elevated to Associate

Harness IP is pleased to announce that Paul E. Zarek, Ph.D., has been elevated to Associate in the firm’s Metro St. Louis office.

Zarek, who served eight years as a Patent Agent for the firm, recently passed the Missouri Bar. His practice focuses on counseling inventors within the biological, biopharma, and life sciences industries on matters including small molecule therapeutics, biologics, medical devices, and a wide variety of disease treatment protocols. As a Patent Agent, he gained considerable experience guiding clients through the entire patent prosecution process. He is well versed in Freedom to Operate issues and frequently provides clients with patent landscape reporting. His lifelong fascination with science and biology boosts his meticulous counsel on highly technical and complex patent prosecutions.

Prior to joining the firm, Zarek was a Patent Examiner at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), where he approved patents for major pharmaceutical companies, academic research institutions, and pro se inventors. He holds a Ph.D. in pharmacology and molecular science. His thorough understanding of a patent’s subject matter and the patent process ensures the highest quality patent applications.

While working as a Patent Agent, Zarek earned his juris doctor degree at Saint Louis University School of Law. He received his doctoral degree from The Johns Hopkins University. He holds dual undergraduate degrees in biology and English from Georgetown University.



Harness IP is celebrating more than 100 years as an intellectual property law firm. Founded in 1921, the firm currently holds a No. 2 ranking from IAM Media for providing counsel to 44 companies with the largest portfolios of issued U.S. patents. The firm also ranks No. 6 for filing the most patent applications on behalf of those companies. Harness IP’s attorneys and IP professionals focus exclusively on patents, trademarks, global IP management, litigation and other IP rights. The firm has offices in metropolitan Dallas, Detroit, St. Louis, and Washington, D.C. Visit for more information.