Meet Doug MacLean, Patent Agent and IP Strategist at Stratford

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 Doug MacLean, Patent Agent and IP strategist at Stratford Intellectual Property.


Doug MacLean

Patent Agent and IP Strategist

Time with Stratford:
Since March 2017

Area of Expertise:
Patents, Industrial Designs, Optical Components and Mechanical Devices 

JDS Uniphase, Lightmachinery, Elenion Technologies, Nokia Corporation


🎵 What do you like to listen to while working?

    • Chainsmokers
    • Ed Sheeran
    • Tragically Hip
    • Kenny Chesney
    • The Dixie Chicks
    • The Who
    • Peter Gabriel
    • Phil Collins

Do you have any recommendations?

Billie Eilish

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

🌟 Who are you most influenced by?

My parents. They both came from farming communities and taught me the true meaning of hard work and family.

💡What is one piece of advice you find yourself constantly sharing with your clients?

Every patent application should tell a story.

👍 How do you add value to your clients?

I have years of experience with both start-ups and large corporations, so I am well versed in the process of building and maintaining a strong intellectual property portfolio.

🦄 What do you think makes Stratford unique?

Stratford provides a unique combination of intellectual property strategy, intellectual property administration, intellectual property application preparation, and prosecution that no other patent agent or law firm provides.

😍 What is your favourite type of client engagement?

I enjoy working with start-up companies and teaching them the basics of patent drafting along with the strategies required to build a patent portfolio.

Do you sit on any boards or volunteer?

My daughter is a cancer survivor, so our family volunteers with many related charities, such as Candlelighters, Relay for Life, and the Canadian Cancer Society.

🚴‍♀️ What are some of your favourite past times?

    • Golf
    • Softball
    • Curling 

📺 Any recommended movies or TV programs?

    • Homeland
    • Newsroom
    • Fleabag
    • Downton Abbey
    • Ozark
    • Jack Ryan

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

Ryan Reynolds, First We Feast, Donald Trump


Craziest quotes and videos!

📣 What GIF best describes you?

📣 Do you have any favourite quotes?

“No dress rehearsal, this is our life…” 

-Gord Downie

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

I hope to help my clients by demystifying patents and other forms of intellectual property.


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 Doug 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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