Avant Law Group and Erickson Kernell are now Avek IP

James J. Kernell
Patent Attorney

James J. Kernell

Patent Attorney


  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • Missouri
  • Kansas
  • Federal District Court for the Western District of Missouri


  • Ranked by Chambers USA, 2022
  • U.S. News & World Report, Best Lawyers in America, 2008-2023
  • Super Lawyers, 2009-2022
  • Super Lawyers “Rising Stars,” 2008

Jim Kernell, member, has over 12 years of industry experience in electrical and software engineering before entering the practice of law. He is involved in all phases of patent, trademark and copyright related matters, including litigation, patent and trademark searches, preparation and prosecution of patent and trademark applications, and preparation of license agreements. His patent prosecution work focuses on electrical and computer technologies including software, hardware and internet related technologies.


  • American Bar Association
  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis