Avant Law Group and Erickson Kernell are now Avek IP

Blake E. Vande Garde
Patent Attorney

Blake E. Vande Garde

Patent Attorney

EDUCATION

  • University of Kansas School of Law, J.D., 2001
  • University of Kansas – BS Human Biology, 1995

ADMISSIONS

  • United States Patent and Trademark Office
  • North Carolina State Bar and U.S. District Court – Western District of North Carolina
  • Kansas State Bar and U.S. District Court – District of Kansas
  • Missouri State Bar and U.S. District Court – Western District of Missouri

Blake E. Vande Garde began practicing law in 2001 after graduating from the University Of Kansas School Of Law. Blake has extensive experience in the preparation and prosecution of biological, mechanical, chemical, battery separator, fuel cell, nanotechnology, textile and fiber patent applications in both the United States and abroad. He also has experience conducting and evaluating due diligence, infringement, freedom to operate, clearance and patentability opinions.

Blake also has extensive experience in the preparation and prosecution of trademark applications in both the United States and abroad (in both Madrid Protocol and non-Madrid Protocol jurisdictions). His experience also includes representation, evaluation and advisement regarding trademark oppositions and cancellations before the United States Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. He has managed the patent and trademark portfolios for clients in both the United States and abroad as well as facilitated the management of outside counsel in the preparation and prosecution of foreign patent and trademark applications.

Blake has experience in infringement evaluations and the litigation of patents in addition to the drafting and negotiation of nondisclosure, joint development and technology licensing agreements.

Mr. Vande Garde manages the North Carolina office
He can be reached at either our Kansas office or at the North Carolina office at:
(p) 704.887.5261
15720 Brixham Hill Ave, Suite 300
Charlotte, North Carolina 28277
*Meetings at our North Carolina office are by appointment only.

AFFILIATIONS

  • Kansas Bar Association
  • Johnson County Bar Association
  • Carolina Patent Trademark Copyright Law Association
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • Missouri Bar Association
  • Lawyers Association of Kansas City

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

  • Advisory Committee for Biotechnology in Greater Charlotte – North Carolina Biotechnology Center – Member 2015 – Present
  • Advisory Board Member for the Project for Innovation, Energy and Sustainability (PiES). PiES is a public-private partnership which provides assistance to local entrepreneurs in the commonly needed realms of business growth and development; technical assistance; funding and marketing.
  • Charlotte Biotechnology Conference as a financial supporter and judge in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 2011, 2012 and 2013.
  • Charlotte Venture Challenge (formerly the Five Ventures Conference) as a judge, a mentor and a panelist in 2008, 2009, 2010 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014.

PRESENTATIONS

  • Speaker – XLNC Webinar on Intellectual Property (May 2021)
  • Speaker – Topeka Bar Association – Intellectual Property Basics (April 2019)
  • Speaker – LAKC – Ethics of High Importance (February 2018)
  • Speaker – Riley County Bar Association – Intellectual Property Basics (August 2017)
  • Panel member (Avoiding Patent Disasters and Keeping Investors Happy) at the NC Nanotechnology Commercialization Conference (Spring 2011)
  • Panel Member (Impacts of Micro-Nanotechnology on Energy & Energy Technology) at the Commercialization of Micro-Nano Systems Conference in Greensboro, North Carolina (Summer of 2011)