Hope Porter

Library Manager
3200 IDS Center, 80 South Eighth Street
Minneapolis, MN 55402
D: 612.336.4666


St. Catherine University
B.A. Information Management

Professional Affiliations

Minnesota Association of Law Libraries
    Chair of Public Relations Committee
    Past President, Education Chair

American Association of Law Libraries
    Co-Chair, IP Caucus
Patent Information User Group

Publications & Speaking

“Technology Licensing Basics: How to Research, Draft, and Monitor a Technology License Agreement,” A PLI webinar sponsored by the The Law Library Association of Greater New York, co-presenter, 2011

“Research Support for a Patent Litigation Practice,” Legal Research Institute (Minnesota Association of Law Libraries) co-presenter with Jody Pizzala, 2011

“What's a Reasonable Royalty Rate?” American Association of Law Libraries co-presenter, 2010

“The future of the e-book,” Minnesota Association of Law Libraries panel, 2010

“So, Now You've Got an IP Practice,” American Association of Law Libraries panel, 2005

At the Merchant & Gould library, Hope manages both the physical collections and the online databases that attorneys and staff use to research everything from patents to medical journals and court documents. Her days are varied between proactive management of her department and reactive responding to requests for help with research, finding documents, and devising research strategies.

Hope started as a trademark clerk at Merchant & Gould in 1988, moving to the Library Manager position in 1990, where she has served ever since. She has cultivated a reputation for responsiveness in the library, knowing that the attorneys trust her department to give them excellent, timely information. Over the years, Hope has built a unique collection of legal IP resources that all the Merchant & Gould offices have complete access to.

She enjoys traveling and spending time with her family.

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