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Overview

Beau leads Husch Blackwell’s Section 337 practice, and assists clients with a variety of other international business issues.

His practice focuses on trade and intellectual property disputes, with significant experience litigating Section 337 cases before the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC). Beau has a demonstrated record of success in some of the most high-profile ITC cases. He also works on antidumping and countervailing duty matters before the ITC and U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC), as well as litigation and appeals before the U.S. Court of International Trade (CIT) and U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

Beau also guides clients through trade-related regulatory challenges, including tariff classification, valuation, country-of-origin marking and other compliance and litigation matters before U.S. Customs and Border Protection, DOC, the CIT and Federal Circuit, and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR).

Beau’s broad counsel in international matters further includes advising clients on foreign investment issues, particularly the intellectual property aspects of such transactions, and on developments at the World Trade Organization. He also works with clients to capitalize on special trade programs and with advocacy efforts before Congress and federal agencies on an assortment of trade and intellectual property issues.

Beau frequently writes and speaks on international trade and intellectual property topics.

Prior to entering private practice, Beau served as a congressional law clerk for the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Trade and as a legal intern at USTR.


Industries

Services

Recognition

Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers, International, Rising Star, 2018

Education

  • J.D., University of Kansas School of Law
      • International Trade & Finance Certificate Program 
      •  WTO Law Moot Court Team Member, International Finals, Best Oral Advocate 
      •  Kansas Journal of Law & Public Policy, Editor
      • Research Assistant for Professor Raj Bhala
  • B.A., University of Kansas
    • Political Science and History
    •  with distinction

Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Kansas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • Missouri
  • U.S. Court of International Trade
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court, District of Kansas

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Association of Exporters and Importers 
  • Customs and International Trade Bar Association  
  • International Trade Council of Greater Kansas City, board member 
  • ITC Trial Lawyers Association 
  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association 
  • Kansas Global Trade Services, Inc., board member 
  • University of Kansas School of Law, Board of Governors 
  • Washington International Trade Association

Languages

  • Cape Verdean Criolu, moderate proficiency
  • Portuguese, moderate proficiency
Experience

Representative ITC Cases (not exhaustive)

  • Representing three respondents in Certain Child Carriers & Components Thereof, Inv. No. 337-TA-1154.
  • Representing both respondents in Certain Strength-Training Systems & Components Thereof, Inv. No. 337-TA-1135.
  • Representing subpoenaed non-party in Certain Wireless Mesh Networking Products & Related Components Thereof, Inv. No. 337-TA-1131.
  • Successfully defended pharmaceutical manufacturer in Certain Clidinium Bromide & Products Containing the Same, Inv. No. 337-TA-1109. This unique case involved allegations that client's generic drug was marketed unfairly. The case was placed in the ITC's "100-day program" on the issues of domestic industry and injury, and the complainant withdrew the case on the first day of the hearing, thus terminating the proceeding without obtaining any relief or settlement.
  • Represented the primary respondent in Certain Industrial Automation Systems & Components Thereof, Inv. No. 337-TA-1074.
  • Represented leading consumer and medical mattress suppliers as successful respondents in Certain Air Mattress Systems & Components Thereof, Inv. No. 337-TA-971. The ITC found no violation as to one patent and declined to issue remedies as to another patent due to public interest concerns. In a related case against the same clients (Inv. No. 337-TA-999), the complainant withdrew all claims and voluntarily terminated the case without obtaining any relief or settlement.
  • Successfully represented leading inflatable products company as a Section 337 complainant, obtaining ITC consent orders that completely bar the accused products from the U.S. market. Certain Inflatable Products With Tensioning Structures & Processes for Making the Same, Inv. No. 337-TA-1009.
  • Represented the world's top mobile chipset supplier as the complainant in an extremely high-profile case, Certain Mobile Electronic Devices & Radio Frequency & Processing Components Thereof, Inv. No. 337-TA-1065.
  • Represented the world's top mobile chipset supplier as successful respondent in Certain Consumer Electronics & Display Devices With GPUs, Inv. No. 337-TA-932. The judge found no violation and recommended no remedies against client even in the event the Commission were to find a violation. The full ITC decided not to review the case, thereby upholding the judge's determinations.
  • Successfully represented cable set-top box supplier as respondent in Certain Digital Video Receivers & Hardware & Software Components Thereof, Inv. No. 337-TA-1001. In a precedential decision, the ITC found no violation against client due to lack of infringement at the time of importation.
  • Represented respondents in Certain Acousto-Magnetic Electronic Article Surveillance Systems, Inv. No. 337-TA-904. Defeated complainant on key motions, leading to a favorable pre-trial settlement.
  • Represented respondents in Certain Paper Shredders, Inv. No. 337-TA-863. Defeated the complainant on key pre-trial motions, leading to a favorable settlement.
  • Represented the complainants in Certain DRAM and NAND Flash Memory Devices, Inv. No. 337-TA-803. Defeated respondents' motion for summary determination that a domestic industry did not exist, helping lead to favorable pre-trial settlements with all respondents.
  • Represented a respondent in Certain Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters, Inv. No. 337-TA-739. Defeated complainant's motion for summary determination regarding domestic industry, leading to a favorable pre-trial settlement.
  • Represented multinational technology company as successful respondent in Certain Multimedia Display & Navigation Devices & Systems, Inv. No. 337-TA-694. In a landmark, precedent-setting decision, the Commission found no violation based, in part, on the complainant's failure to establish a domestic industry.
  • Represented semiconductor technology company as successful complainant in a precedential Section 337 bond forfeiture proceeding. In the first such proceeding in more than a decade, the client fully recouped the bonds posted by respondents in relation to exclusion and cease and desist orders. Certain Semiconductor Chips With Minimized Chip Package Size, Inv. No. 337-TA-605.

Other Notable Matters

  • Representing a Kansas manufacturer of medical and consumer products with respect to assorted intellectual property matters.
  • Advising a Kansas manufacturer of metal processing equipment regarding the operations of its corporate affiliates in Asia and Europe.
  • Representing a Kansas manufacturer of agricultural and livestock equipment with its international operations, including IP protection in key foreign jurisdictions.
  • Assisting a diversified Kansas holding company regarding export control issues of relevance to its subsidiaries.
  • Successfully represented Otter Products, LLC in a high-profile, precedential customs case before the U.S. Court of International Trade and U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, concerning the proper tariff classification of protective cases for electronic devices.
  • Helped a consortium of technology companies advocate before Congress and the U.S. Trade Representative regarding intellectual property issues in international trade negotiations.
  • Helped a multinational agriculture company advocate before Congress and the U.S. Trade Representative regarding the Trans-Pacific Partnership and renewal of the African Growth & Opportunity Act.
  • Successfully represented two importers before U.S. Customs & Border Protection, obtaining the release of products allegedly bearing counterfeit trademarks.
  • Obtained favorable ruling from U.S. Customs & Border Protection regarding the proper tariff classification of imported educational products.
  • Represented a Kansas educational company before the Department of Commerce and USTR with respect to trade remedies on solar panels. Achieved orders exempting the client’s imports from all antidumping and countervailing duties, as well as from ancillary safeguards measures.
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Community Leadership
  • Between college and law school, Beau served in the Peace Corps in Cape Verde, a small island nation in western Africa. He was an Education and Community Development Volunteer, working as an English teacher and organizing various projects for youth. In addition to educational advancement, his work was centered on promoting women’s rights, environmental preservation and HIV/AIDS awareness. Beau’s Peace Corps service was a pivotal time in his life, deepening his interest in other cultures and helping lead to a career in international trade law.
  • Village X, Board of Directors