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Sheema Khan - Shapiro Cohen LLP. Ottawa, ON, CA

Sheema Khan Sheema Khan

Patent Agent | Shapiro Cohen LLP

Ottawa, ON, CANADA

Patent Agent. Writer. Speaker (Tedx)



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Sheema Khan has been a registered patent agent with the Canadian Intellectual Property Office since 2004, and with the United States Patent and Trademark Office since 2005. She has worked as a research scientist in the pharmaceutical industry and holds a number of patents in drug delivery.

Sheema’s practice includes patent drafting and prosecution in such diverse fields as chemistry, pharmaceutical sciences, biotechnology, physics, chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, green technology and business methods.

Since 2002, Sheema has been a monthly columnist for the Globe and Mail, writing on issues pertaining to Muslims and Islam.

In 2012, Sheema was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for service to Canada.

Sheema is a mother of three, and is fluent in English, French and Urdu.

Industry Expertise (8)

Mechanical/Industrial Engineering


Program Development

Legal Services

Media - Print




Areas of Expertise (8)

Science and Technology

Human Rights

Muslim Current Affairs'

Muslim Feminism

Intellectual Property

Patents and Ip

Muslim Communities in North America


Accomplishments (3)

Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal (professional)


Created in 2012 to mark the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to the Throne as Queen of Canada, the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal was a tangible way for Canada to honour Her Majesty for her service to this country. At the same time, this commemorative medal served to honour significant contributions and achievements by Canadians. During the year of celebrations, 60 000 deserving Canadians were recognized.

2013 Jeanne Sauvé Address (professional)


The Jeanne Sauvé Annual Address celebrates the vision and values of the late Right Honourable Jeanne Sauvé, whose career, one representing many firsts –the first woman MP elected from Quebec to become a federal cabinet minister, the first woman to serve as Speaker of the House and as Governor General of Canada – is an enduring inspiration to today’s young leaders.

Tedx Talk: Write Your Own Story (professional)


Why is it important to write our own story? It speaks to our individuality, our independence, our integrity. It speaks to our humanity. Use the pen of your conscience to write your own story

Education (3)

Harvard University: Ph.D., Chemical Physics 1989

Harvard University: A.M., Chemical Physics 1989

McGill University: B.Sc., Chemistry 1983

Affiliations (4)

  • Intellectual Property Institute of Canada
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Harvard Club of Ottawa
  • United Nations Association of Canada

Languages (3)

  • English
  • French
  • Urdu

Media Appearances (1)

Monthly Columnist

Globe and Mail  print

Op-ed commentary on issues pertaining to Muslims and Islam since 2002

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Event Appearances (1)


ISLAM AND MUSLIMS IN THE 21ST CENTURY - Being Female, Canadian, and Muslim  Aga Khan Museum, Toronto, Ontario


Patents (2)


Japanese Patent No. 5539839


The invention uses combinations of natural or synthetic phospholipids, a charged surface modifier (for example, a high purity charged phospholipid), and a block copolymer coated or bonded onto the surfaces of the water-insoluble compound particles.


Japanese Patent No. 5296954


Sub-micron and micron-size stable particles of water-insoluble or poorly soluble drugs or other industrially useful insoluble compounds suspended in an aqueous medium containing at least one surface modifier are prepared by selecting the surface modifier or modifiers such that the hydrophile-lipophile balance (HLB) of the composition, defined as formula (I)

Articles (10)

The personal politics of wearing a burkini

The Globe and Mail


Donning a burkini can be a sign of modesty, or it may be that the woman wearing it is sensitive to sun, or is a cancer survivor...

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We need to step up efforts to stem Muslim youth radicalization

The Globe and Mail


Muslim youth are lacking spaces to connect with their communities, politically and otherwise. This must change...

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When an official story is a monstrous lie: The textbook history of Canada’s indigenous people

The Globe and Mail


I am ashamed to admit that for decades, I had no knowledge of the terrible injustices inflicted upon Canada’s aboriginal peoples...

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After the Ramadan attacks, moderates must stand against hate

The Globe and Mail


Gay. Straight. Atheist. Believer. Sunni. Shia. Man. Woman. Child. This past Ramadan, the Islamic State proved to be an equal-opportunity killing machine. Nor did it discriminate where it murdered members of the human family: a nightclub, an airport, a packed shopping mall, a café. Even the mosque of Prophet Mohammed...

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For Muslim women in Canada, a sense of vulnerability

The Globe and Mail


The recent Environics Institute survey of Muslims in Canada reveals a community that belies facile stereotypes – no more so than when you analyze the results along gender lines...

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Plane talk: A handy glossary for the non-Arabic speaking flier

The Globe and Mail


Earlier this month, Khairuldeen Makhzoomi, a California university student, was removed from a Southwest Airlines flight when a passenger became suspicious about his Arabic cellphone conversation. He had been speaking to his uncle in Baghdad about a recent United Nations dinner he attended. As the passenger glared at him, the 26-year-old told his uncle he would call later, adding, “Inshallah.” This expression sealed his fate...

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Muslim men must learn to treat women as equals

The Globe and Mail


From 2000 to 2005, I served as the chair of CAIR-CAN, a grassroots advocacy organization that fought discrimination against Muslims. Whether it was a Muslim woman denied employment because of her hijab, or the rendition of Maher Arar, we fought for basic human rights based on the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. This journey opened my eyes to my own double standards: I fought for Muslims to be treated with basic human dignity by the wider society, yet looked the other way when such treatment was denied to women within my own community...

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In the fight against terrorism, Muslims must own their message

The Globe and Mail


In the wake of the horrific slaughter in Paris, what steps do we take? Some believe the best antidote is punitive strikes meant to deter, if not destroy, those who would contemplate further murder of non-combatants. Others, such as Canadian author Nancy Huston, point to the macabre scales of death: The killing of innocents abroad by Western countries begets the killing of innocents at home. Either way, we are caught in a vicious cycle of “an eye for an eye.” A policy, which Gandhi observed, that makes the whole world go blind...

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Fifty years in Canada, and now I feel like a second-class citizen

The Globe and Mail


“Too broken to write,” I told my editor, after the onslaught of Conservative announcements. The niqab was condemned. Citizenship was revoked for convicted terrorists with dual citizenship. Canadians were reminded of “barbaric cultural practices,” and the federal government’s preference for mainly non-Muslim Syrian refugees was reiterated. Make no mistake: This divisive strategy is meant to prey upon fear and prejudice...

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It’s time to confront ‘the cancer of extremism’

The Globe and Mail


Dr. Sheema Khan is a former academic in the field of chemical physics; Lorna Dueck is host of Context TV, seen Sundays on Global and Vision TV...

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