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 Sheema Khan, Patent Agent and IP Strategist at Stratford Intellectual Property.
Time with Stratford:
Areas of Expertise:
🎵 What do you like to listen to while working?
Do you have any recommendations?
Ahmed Alshaiba! Check out his amazing oud covers of:
📚 What are your favourite business books, podcasts, and blogs?
I read the New York Times and the Globe & Mail for business news. I follow Rob Carrick’s podcasts. And I love all books by Malcolm Gladwell.
🌟 Who are you most influenced by?
My family – especially my mom
As for public figures: Retired Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Beverley McLachlin; Opinion Editor of the Globe and Mail, Natasha Hassan; and my colleague at Stratford, Nat Giroux.
💡What is one piece of advice you find yourself constantly sharing with your clients?
We can do this!
👍 How do you add value to your clients?
I try to go the extra mile in making sure their every need is met.
🦄 What do you think makes Stratford unique?
At Stratford, we take a people-centred approach. This unique strategy allows us to truly understand the realities faced by businesses.
😍 What is your favourite type of client engagement?
Working with inventors who are passionate about the work they do, and who dream of changing the world.
✨ Do you sit on any boards or volunteer?
I sit on the board of the United Nations Association of Canada (UNAC) and the Harvard Club of Ottawa.
I also volunteer with the Canadian Council of Muslim Women, and a few other organizations.
🚴♀️ What are some of your favourite past times?
Writing and advocacy work on behalf of women’s rights.
📺 Any recommended movies or TV programs?
TV Show Recommendations:
🚧 What’s one of the biggest obstacles you’ve had to overcome as it relates to your career?
The very first obstacle I faced was completing my PhD in Chemical Physics at Harvard. This challenge was one of the most rewarding, I got emotional when I finally had the degree in my hand.
My kids are older now, but, it was always a struggle to find balance between work and family when they were younger. Professionally – it was the change from being an R&D scientist to becoming a patent agent in my late 30s. A whole new career – hours of studying, learning, etc. I remember studying for my Patent Agent exams while pregnant and, afterwards, while nursing.
Another challenge: being in charge of the patent department of a small IP firm, where I had to learn all aspects of Canadian, US and International patent law – along with learning about best practices for running a department. It was, however, the best experience.
📣 What GIF best describes you?
📣 Do you have any favourite quotes?
“Stand up for justice – whether it is against yourself, your family, the rich or the poor”
– The Qur’an
🤔 If there is one thing you hope your clients gain from working with you, what would you want it to be?
After working with me, I hope my clients gain an appreciation for the importance of IP in the success 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 Sheema 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.