Kenneth L. Port

Professor of Law

“William Mitchell has recognized the potential of intellectual property law. With three full-time faculty members specializing in patent, copyright, and trademark law, William Mitchell has unprecedented coverage and balance in the intellectual property area. It is exciting to be a part of an institution with this level of interest in and dedication to the field.”


B.A., 1982, Macalester College
J.D., 1989, University of Wisconsin Law School


William Mitchell College of Law: director, Intellectual Property Institute, 2003-; professor of law, 2002-; visiting professor of law, 2001-02.

Foreign research fellow, University of Tokyo, Business Law Center, 2005.

Summer visiting professor, University of Chuo Law School, Tokyo, 2004-; Aichi University, Nagoya, Japan, 2004-. Courses taught incldue Anglo-American Law, Summer 2006.

Professor of law, Marquette University School of Law, 1994-2001.

Fulbright visiting scholar, Tokyo University, 1995, 2000-01.

Special consultant to the government of Jordan, drafting unfair competition and trade secret legislation, 1999-.

Visiting assistant professor of law, Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago-Kent College of Law, 1991-94.

Associate, Masuda, Funai, Eifert & Mitchell, Chicago, 1989-91.

Professional Focus

Professor Port focuses on U.S. and international trademark law and policy. He is fluent in Japanese and also conducts research and writing on a host of issues regarding law in Japan. He twice has been a Fulbright visiting scholar to Tokyo University and won the Ladas Memorial Award in 1995, which annually recognizes the best published trademark law article in the world, for the article “The Unnatural Expansion of Trademark Rights: Is a Federal Dilution Statute Necessary?” 18 Seton Hall Legislative Journal 433 (1994).

Leadership & Service

Chair, ABA Section of Intellectual Property, Subcommittee on International Trademark Treaties, 1997-99; Faculty Advisor to Student Intellectual Property Law Association; Faculty Advisor to Saul Lefkowitz Trademark Law Moot Court Competition and Giles Rich Moot Court Competition; Secretary, Japan America Society of Minnesota, 2003- . Summer Visiting Professor, Aichi University and Chuo University, Japan, 2003- .