An interview with Annette Abdali, Patent Administrator at Stratford Intellectual Property

by: Madeleine Eisert

As managers and executives at Stratford, we’ve led departments, divisions and whole organizations through growth and change. We have the “stars and scars” to offer meaningful, practical guidance or serve hands-on if that’s required.

Beyond our credentials, what sets us apart are the values we share and the ways we work. Every member of our team has a passion for giving back and helping organizations reach their goals. It’s why clients often tell us that when they met our people, they knew they wanted to do business with us.

To help you get to know us a little better, we sat down with some of our team members and interviewed them on everything from professional experience and obstacles to extracurricular activities and playlist recommendations. We thought you may appreciate seeing the personal side of our team through their shared personal insights, recommendations and hobbies.

We’d like to introduce you to Annette Abdali, Patent Administrator at Stratford Intellectual Property.


Annette Abdali

Patent Administrator

Time with Stratford:
Since January 2018

Area of Expertise:
Global IP Administration and IP Technology and Software Tools 


🎵 What do you like to listen to while working?

Anything instrumental, from classic to relaxing nature music, to techno or soundtracks.

📚 What are your favourite business books, podcasts, and blogs?

🌟 Who are you most influenced by?

I am inspired by people whose guiding principles are integrity, compassion and humility.

👍 How do you add value to your clients?

I add value by submitting deliverables in advance of deadlines.

🦄 What do you think makes Stratford unique?

Stratford Intellectual Property is a cost-efficient one-stop-shop for all things Innovation and IP.

Do you sit on any boards or volunteer?

At this time, I try to volunteer at my daughter’s school as often as possible.

🚴‍♀️ What are some of your favourite past times?

I enjoy reading, gardening, baking, skating and spending time with my family!

📺 Any recommended movies or TV programs?

    • Any Home Renovation program
    • Schitt’s Creek
    • Kim’s Convenience

👩‍💻 Any recommendations on people to follow on their LinkedIn or Twitter accounts? 

Esther the Wonder Pig, The Dalai Lama and Arlene Dickinson.

🚧 What’s one of the biggest obstacles you’ve had to overcome as it relates to your career?

Starting my career in IP and Accounting while running my own business. I learned a lot about prioritization, efficient time management and the ability to find a balance between a very busy professional life and personal life.

📣 What GIF best describes you?

📣 Do you have any favourite quotes?

“Try and Leave this world a little better than you found it”

– Robert Baden-Powell

🤔 If there is one thing you hope your clients gain from working with you, what would you want it to be?

I hope my clients gain confidence that we are working alongside them to protect their ideas, innovation and IP portfolio.


We look forward to introducing you to others here at Stratford and we’d love the chance to get to know you better too. If you’d like to connect with Annette or other members of the Stratford team, please reach out. We’d love to hear from you.


About Stratford Intellectual Property

Stratford Intellectual Property has been helping companies build, protect and get the full value out of their intellectual assets since 2009. Our passion is innovation. When you call on us to design and execute your IP strategy or to manage your IP portfolio, you get access to a unique blend of IP and business expertise. We work with companies looking to create, cultivate or commercialize on their innovative culture. We can help you improve the way you develop, protect and monetize your entire IP portfolio – from patents, trade secrets, trademarks, design patents and domain names.

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