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In Tribute of Ken Port

Created by The Port Family

Ken Port

Help us honor Ken Port while making a difference in myeloma research.

Professor Ken Port is being remembered by his colleagues at Mitchell Hamline as a vigorous scholar and dedicated teacher in the world of intellectual property—with a particular passion for Japan. He loved traveling with his family, teaching abroad, writing articles and books, spending time at his cabin in Wisconsin, and cooking for friends and family. Port passed away peacefully in hospice surrounded by his family on Sept. 27, 2019. He was 58.

Peter Knapp, Mitchell Hamline’s interim president and dean, noted Port’s fierce dedication to helping students—even into the final months of his life. “When he was too ill to be here at school he continued to work with students, supervising their research and writing,” Knapp says. “He was a valued member of our community and the intellectual property community, and he will be greatly missed.”

Port joined Mitchell Hamline predecessor school William Mitchell in 2001 as a visiting professor, was named a professor in 2002, and spent the rest of his career at the law school. He founded the Intellectual Property Institute and served as its director until 2016. He was an associate director of the institute at the time of his death. He was also a faculty adviser to the Student Intellectual Property Law Association and the Cybaris Intellectual Property Law Review.

A prolific author, Port wrote 10 books and authored dozens of law review articles focusing on domestic, comparative, and international intellectual property law. His work was consistently some of the most downloaded legal research on the online research community SSRN.

He had a lifelong fascination with Japan and Japanese history and culture. Port received two Fulbright Research Grants to study Japanese trademark law at Tokyo University and served on ABA committees and international panels addressing the topic. He was not only fluent in Japanese but also read, wrote, and made presentations in the language. Port lived in Japan several times over the years with his wife and daughters. He also served as president and a board member of the Japan America Society of Minnesota.

Port is survived by his wife, Paula; daughters Emily and Elissa; parents Robert and Jean Port; and siblings Kathy, Mary Jean, Mike, Terri, Nancy, and Brenda.

The Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF), along with its research and medical industry partners, has fueled more studies, initiated more trials, developed more treatments, introduced more medicines, and have had a far greater impact than any other organization on myeloma. While the MMRF has made enormous progress, they still have much to do and cannot continue to do great research without your support.

Please consider joining me to fight multiple myeloma. Together we can make a difference.

About the MMRF:
A pioneer in precision medicine, the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) seeks to find a cure for all multiple myeloma patients by relentlessly pursuing innovations that accelerate the development of precision treatments for cancer. Founded in 1998 by Kathy Giusti, a multiple myeloma patient, and her twin sister Karen Andrews as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, the MMRF has created the business model around cancer—from data to analytics to the clinic. The MMRF identifies barriers and then finds the solutions to overcome them, bringing in the best partners and aligning incentives in the industry to drive better outcomes for patients. Since its inception, the organization has collected thousands of samples and tissues, opened nearly 100 trials, helped bring 10 FDA-approved therapies to market, and built CoMMpass, the single largest genomic dataset for any cancer. Today, the MMRF is building on its legacy in genomics and is expanding into immune-oncology, as the combination of these two fields will be critical to making precision medicine possible for all patients. The MMRF has raised nearly $500 million and directs nearly 90% of the total funds to research and related programs. To learn more, visit

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Guest Book



1. Mark Levin
Ken was the kind of guy you'd look forward to visiting with at an academic conference and will be missed by his colleagues not just at Mitchell Hamline, but in the Japanese law field around the world.
2. Draeke Weseman
In memory of Ken Port
3. Diane Kruse
In memory of Ken Port
4. Kathy King
In memory of Ken Port
5. Becci Dawson
In memory of Ken Port
6. Garrett Weber
In memory of Ken Port
7. Lynne Cripe & Ray Bonniwell

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