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UDC Law Student Oheneba Amponsah Awarded Syndey B. Williams Scholarship

Wednesday, November 22, 2017   (0 Comments)
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UDC Law Student Oneheba AmponsahCongratulations to UDC Law student Oheneba Amponsah upon receipt of the Sydney B. Williams, Jr. Intellectual Property Law Scholarship. The Scholarship is awarded by the Thurgood Marshall College Fund and the American Intellectual Property Law Education Foundation, whose mission is to promote diversity in the intellectual property bar. The Foundation provides winners with $10,000 toward law school tuition and fees.

Mr. Amponsah holds a B.A. in Biology and Neuroscience from Oberlin College and currently works as a Patent Analyst in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). At the USPTO, he focuses on complex business method patents in the areas of e-commerce, banking, insurance and tax. Oneheba explained his intention is to use his legal, patent and scientific expertise to “alleviate some of the disparities in the legal system for historically disenfranchised people and their business entities.” Specifically, he plans to “advise minority-owned non-profits, start-ups and corporations on product liability, regulatory compliance, and commercial transactions as well as protect their companies from patent infringement.”

He continued, “It is about providing access to opportunities for economic empowerment and financial literacy to those who have been historically disenfranchised from building capital. Patents are about innovation on one end of the spectrum, and at the other is the protection of shareholder value. I think Civil Rights 2.0 is about fostering a spirit of innovation in minority communities (i.e., black, poor white, LGBT, Hispanic, veterans) through access, inclusion, and mentoring so they may one day start companies, build capital and create jobs for all Americans. That's my dream.”

At UDC Law, Oneheba is engaged in several student and professional groups, including the Association for Information Science and Technology, Patent Information Users Group, Patent and Trademark Office Society, and National Society of Black Engineers. He received the Legal Scholar Award and the Arctic Education Foundation Scholarship in 2017.

When asked what the scholarship means for him, Oneheba said, “In assessing the compelling need for intellectual property attorneys of color, I believe the scholarship program would allow me to network with fellow scholars and find attorney-mentors who may relate to my life situation and prior experiences.”

More information on eligibility and requirements for the Sydney B. Williams, Jr. Intellectual Property Law Scholarship can be found at their website.


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