James helps innovative companies increase the value of their most important assets.


James advises companies on how to protect and commercialize their intellectual property rights and avoid infringing the rights of others. A registered patent attorney, he prepares and prosecutes patent applications for mechanical and electro-mechanical inventions and counsels on patent infringement and other aspects of intellectual property protection.

James’s IP counsel includes trademark prosecution and clearance, copyright advice, patent non-infringement and invalidity opinions, and negotiation of intellectual property and software development and license agreements. James also conducts intellectual property due diligence for mergers and acquisitions, handles domain name disputes and helps with intellectual property litigation.


James manages the international patent portfolios of multinational corporations in the commercial vehicle and cannabis industries.

He has recently helped multiple start-up companies with their patent filing and licensing strategies for new consumer products, building designs, and exercise machines.

James negotiates joint development and license agreements for large companies working with emerging technology companies.

He manages trademark portfolios for major brand owners in fields including hardscape products, golf instruction, financial services, healthcare services, and metal processing and fabrication.

James prepares and prosecutes U.S. and foreign patent applications for technologies including commercial vehicle brake and suspension systems, internal combustion engines, automotive parts, railcar equipment, agricultural machinery, laboratory equipment, surgical tools, sporting goods, and vape devices.

He volunteers for pro bono cases from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's Patent Pro Bono Program and Kansas City Volunteer Lawyers & Accountants for the Arts. While at the University of Kansas, James led a team that designed and manufactured a formula style race car suspension for the 2003 Jayhawk Motorsports Formula SAE Team.

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Speaking Engagements

IP Panelist at Innovation, Law & Entrepreneurship Symposium, CLE at KCMBA, June 2015

"Intellectual Property Law Updates," CLE at KU Law, May 2015

James also presents on intellectual property topics to clients and in forums such as the firm's annual Business Law Update.


"Developing and Implementing a Cost-Effective Patent Strategy," Developing a Patent Strategy, Aspatore  2015

In addition to writing E-alerts for the firm's website, James updates the following publications:

  • Intellectual Property Chapter of West's Missouri Methods of Practice – Transaction Guide
  • Kansas Chapter of INTA's State Trademark and Unfair Competition Law 

Professional & Civic Activities

Professional & Civic Activities


  • Board Member, 2012 - present 
  • President, 2016 - 2020

Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association 

The Missouri Bar 

The Kansas Bar


  • Missouri, 2006
  • Kansas, 2007
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office, 2007


St. Louis University, J.D., magna cum laude, 2006

  • St. Louis University Law Journal, Editor
  • Order of the Woolsack

University of Kansas, B.S., Mechanical Engineering, with honors and distinction, 2003

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