Career Profiles

Kenya L. Williams ‘10

Associate Attorney, Fulwider Patton LLP

Kenya L. Williams ‘10

Q. What do you do at your job?
A. Primarily, I prosecute trademarks before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. I also assist clients with the prosecution of trademarks before foreign intellectual property offices in various countries, such as China, Japan, India, and throughout Europe. Another part of my practice is to litigate in the areas of patent, trademark, trade secrets, copyright, and false advertising.

Q. What excites you most about your job?
A. I am most excited about the opportunity to help business owners protect their rights in what they have worked hard to build. Further, intellectual property is a global field of law. I enjoy corresponding with foreign associates regarding our client’s intellectual property rights and having a reason and an opportunity to learn about other countries and cultures in the process.

Q. How did your experience at Whittier Law School prepare you for this position?
A. At Whittier Law School, I was able to take courses in intellectual property law, earn a certificate in this field and get exposed to potential employers, one of whom I currently work for. Through a patent drafting class I took, I was able to recognize how much I enjoyed this area of law and also met a mentor who hired me as an extern at his firm.

Q. Do you have any advice for those seeking employment in your industry?
A. Yes, my advice to all who seek employment in any industry is to network as much as possible, do not burn bridges and always do your best work. In order to obtain employment in this industry, it is important to have membership in the organizations that pertain to this industry, such as the Los Angeles Intellectual Property Law Association, the Orange County Patent Lawyers Association, and the Entertainment Law and Intellectual Property Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association.