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 Warren Gies, IP Specialist at Stratford Intellectual Property.
Area of Expertise:
🎵 What do you like to listen to while working?
Do you have any recommendations?
I would recommend the album, Forever Turned Around by Whitney.
📚 What are your favourite business books, podcasts, and blogs?
The podcast “The Future of Everything” by the WSJ.
🌟 Who are you most influenced by?
My wife, she always encourages and challenges me.
💡What is one piece of advice you find yourself constantly sharing with your clients?
Evaluate your invention by its most fundamental components.
👍 How do you add value to your clients?
I broaden the scope of protection for the innovative inventions my clients present.
🦄 What do you think makes Stratford unique?
Our business goals – Stratford succeeds as their clients succeed.
😍 What is your favourite type of client engagement?
I really enjoy meeting with clients in their office or at their site; I find people are more relaxed and open to engaging in interesting discussions while on their “home turf”.
✨ Do you sit on any boards or volunteer?
I volunteer at the Ottawa Food Bank for their Community Harvest Program.
🚴♀️ What are some of your favourite past times?
I enjoy playing hockey and drumming.
📺 Any recommended movies or TV programs?
👩💻 Any recommendations on people to follow on their LinkedIn or Twitter accounts?
🚧 What’s one of the biggest obstacles you’ve had to overcome as it relates to your career?
In my early twenties, I decided to leave the workforce to go back to school. This decision was difficult at the time as I had to make a lot of sacrifices. I am glad I made the decision because it allowed me to achieve my career goals.
📣 What GIF best describes you?
📣 Do you have any favourite quotes?
“Persistence is very important. You should not give up unless you are forced to give up.”
🤔 If there is one thing you hope your clients gain from working with you, what would you want it to be?
I hope to provide my clients with additional value and protection for their inventions.
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 Warren 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.