Faculty

A number of William Mitchell’s intellectual property courses are taught by adjunct faculty who are employed at leading intellectual property businesses and law firms, including 3M, Cargill, and Merchant & Gould.

Intellectual Property Institute Full-time Faculty

With four full-time faculty members and eight distinguished adjunct faculty, the Intellectual Property Institute has one of the largest IP faculty of any law school nationwide. The addition of Professor Jay Erstling, an internationally recognized practitioner in patent law, positions the institute as one of the top programs in the United States and a vital intellectual property resource for the legal community.


Kenneth Port
Professor of Law and Director, Intellectual Property Institute
Specializes in U.S. and international trademark law and issues regarding Japanese law. Twice awarded Fulbright Research Grants at Tokyo University and winner of the Ladas Memorial Award, which annually recognizes the best published trademark law article in the world.

R. Carl Moy
Professor of Law
Former patent examiner for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in Washington, D.C., attorney at Merchant & Gould, Minneapolis, patent agent for Parkhurst & Oliff, Alexandria, Va., and guest researcher for the Max Planck Institute for Patent, Copyright, and Unfair Competition Law, Munich, Germany. Authored Moy’s Walker on Patents.

Jay Erstling
Professor of Law
Past director of the Patent Cooperation Treaty in Geneva, Switzerland. Past advisor to the director general of the World Intellectual Property Organization. Academic interests include protecting indigenous works.