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 Sonny Patel, Intellectual Property Specialist at Stratford Intellectual Property.
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🎵 What do you like to listen to while working?
While working I mainly listen to instrumentals. However, I also enjoy RnB and Jazz music.
📚 What are your favourite business books, podcasts, and blogs?
My top 3 favourite books are:
My next read will be: Never Split The Difference
💡What is one piece of advice you find yourself constantly sharing with your clients?
Something I often find myself sharing with my clients is: “Let’s sit down and talk it through. No matter what the challenge is, we will figure out a solution together.”
👍 How do you add value to your clients?
I add value to my clients by determining their unique needs and wants and identifying any upcoming hurdles in their path. Then I provide a plan to execute the most effective and practical solution.
🦄 What do you think makes Stratford unique?
What makes Stratford Intellectual Property so unique is our strong team environment and commitment to providing exceptional client service.
✨ Do you sit on any boards or volunteer?
I am currently a youth volunteer with my local community centre. As well, I regularly perform magic shows for youth and elderly across the GTA.
🚴♀️ What are some of your favourite past times?
I love to cook, perform magic and learn new languages.
📺 Any recommended movies or TV programs?
Murdoch Mysteries! It is my current binge of choice.
🚧 What’s one of the biggest obstacles you’ve had to overcome as it relates to your career?
My toughest challenge was building the foundation of my IP career while studying and working abroad.
With each new location, I faced new obstacles and then acquired new skills to jump over those hurdles. I learned to speak new languages, adapt to local customs and business practices, eat new foods, etc. I learned to speak Gujarati, Hindi and Mandarin while living in India, England and China. As a result, I was able to make many new friends from various backgrounds. Now my international network of engineers, lawyers and patent/trademark agents reaches China, England and India. My struggles have taught me, with the right mindset, I am capable of overcoming any new challenge.
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📣 Do you have any favourite quotes?
“As bad as things are now, never forget…it can always get worse! So appreciate what you have, and let’s focus on the positives…“
🤔 If there is one thing you hope your clients gain from working with you, what would you want it to be?
I would hope my clients gain valuable insight on the strengths of their IP and understand how they can leverage them to make the most of their business!
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 Sonny or other members of the Stratford team, please reach out. We’d love to hear from you.
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.