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Intellectual Property Law Concentration Full-Time Faculty

Amy L. Landers

Amy L. Landers

Professor Landers is an accomplished legal scholar and practitioner.  She was previously distinguished professor of law and director of the Intellectual Property Law Concentration at the University of the Pacific’s McGeorge School of Law. Landers is an expert on patents and intellectual property law, and she is the author of “Understanding Patent Law,” now in its second edition, and co-author of “Global Issues in Intellectual Property Law” and “Global Issues in Patent Law.” Her scholarship has appeared in varied publications, including Texas Law Review: See Also, George Mason Law Review and the Fordham Intellectual Property, Media and Entertainment Law Journal.  She has presented her work at Stanford University, University of California-Berkeley School of Law and the University of Texas School of Law, among other venues.

Professor Karl S. Okamoto

Karl S. Okamoto

Professor Karl S. Okamoto has experienced business law as both an attorney and an entrepreneur. Professor Okamoto was an associate at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom and a partner at Kirkland & Ellis and at Dechert LLP before working as a consultant for Soros Fund Management and becoming senior managing director for Atticus Capital LP. A former executive officer and board member of Harvest Book Company LLC, he was a director of Champps Entertainment Inc. and currently serves on the board of Cosi Inc. His scholarship includes articles in the Washington & Lee Law Review, the Wisconsin Law Review and the Journal of Legal Education, among others.

Adam Benforado

Adam Benforado

Adam Benforado’s principal interest is in applying insights from the mind sciences—most notably cognitive psychology—to law and legal theory.  Collaborating with psychologists on novel experiments, Professor Benforado is focused on developing a more realistic understanding of the behavior of legal actors. He was awarded a National Science Foundation grant for his empirical work investigating human intuitions about punishment.

Professor Amelia Boss

Amelia Boss

Trustee Professor of Law Amelia Boss is an internationally recognized expert on legal issues in electronic commerce, a widely published scholar on codifying international commercial law through treaty, a member of the Council of the American Law Institute and the first professor and second woman to chair the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association. Professor Boss worked with the White House and the Department of Commerce under former President Bill Clinton to draft a position paper on global commerce that laid the foundation for U.S. policy in this arena. A member of the Permanent Editorial Board of the Uniform Commercial Code, she has been an integral part of the modernization of commercial law throughout the United States.

Harold H. Fullmer

J.D., cum laude, Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law
B.S., University of Pennsylvania

​Professor Fullmer, a partner at Baker Hostetler, focuses his practice on electrical, mechanical and computer science litigation. In addition to acquiring, enforcing and licensing patents, Professor Fullmer also has experience as an engineer and project manager for the Allis-Chalmers Company and has worked in research and development, focusing on mathematical modeling and computational fluid dynamics.

Jennifer Lynn Sheridan

JD, Columbia Law School
AB, Occidental College

Professor Sheridan is a Visiting Professor of Law at the Kline School of Law, and a teaching fellow at Columbia Law School. Before that, she practiced law in Silicon Valley including serving as General Counsel of two software companies. In addition, she taught for over a decade in the nationally recognized IP/high tech program at Santa Clara Law School. She began her career as a corporate law associate at Simpson, Thacher & Bartlett in New York City, and Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison in Palo Alto, California. She has served on the Executive Committee of the IP section of the California Bar. Her research and scholarly interests focus on intellectual law and policy with a special interest in law and technology theory. Her scholarly work incudes the article “Does the Rise of Property Rights Theory Defeat Copyright’s First Sale Doctrine?” published by the Santa Clara Law Review in 2012, and "Copyright's Knowledge Principle," to be published by the Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment and Technology Law.