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University of California, Hastings College of the Law is boosting its intellectual property offerings with the addition of Larissa Kehoe Hoffman of Cooley Godward as an adjunct professor this semester. Next year, the San Francisco school will add Sarah Barone Schwartz of Fliesler Dubb Meyer & Lovejoy, along with another adjunct still to be named. The additions are a key part of the school’s plan to expand its IP offerings in order to keep up with surging demand. Hoffman and Schwartz are scheduled to teach courses in trademark and patent prosecution. “We’re trying to decide, are we being relevant in what we’re teaching for what’s needed out there?” said academic dean Leo Martinez. Hoffman and Schwartz are set to join the San Francisco Bay Area attorneys who currently teach IP courses at Hastings. The school plans to add at least one new full-time IP professor in the next academic year. Professors Margreth Barrett and Joseph Liu now split the school’s full-time IP duties. Hastings currently offers a survey course in IP along with classes in patent litigation, patent prosecution, high-tech licensing, sales and e-commerce, entertainment law, computer law and international IP with seminars in Internet IP, trademark prosecution, IP licensing and software IP. “What we’re doing is growing our intellectual property offerings slowly,” said Dean Mary Kay Kane. “It’s not an easy thing to find IP [adjuncts] and the center of gravity is in Silicon Valley.” But for many students at Hastings, the school’s recent growth in IP is bittersweet. While they’re happy that Hastings is catching up with the high-tech trend, they’ve also watched as the IP programs at Boalt Hall School of Law, Stanford Law School, Santa Clara University School of Law and the University of San Francisco School of Law have all pulled ahead of them in U.S. News & World Report‘s annual rankings. Hastings does not have an IP program ranked in the magazine. “It’s coming at a good time,” said Cameron Platt, a third-year Hastings student and president of the Hastings IP organization. “A year and a half ago there was only an IP survey course.”

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