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International Trade and Investment Counsel for Technology Companies

Wesley A. Demory

Wesley A. Demory

Wesley A. Demory

ASSOCIATE

Phone: 410.539.2691
Email: wes@t-b.com

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Wes Demory joined the firm in 2010 and concentrates on matters involving U.S. export controls and international trade in a variety of technology-oriented industries, including information technology, telecommunications, computing, networking, software/SaaS, biotechnology/pharmaceutical and others. In addition to advising clients on regulatory and legislative matters, Wes frequently conducts internal investigations and manages diligence activities to address administrative subpoenas and other government-initiated investigations. He also performs process audits and assists companies in the design and implementation of trade compliance programs.

Prior to pursuing a career in law, Wes worked as an engineer for a Fortune 500 company and spear-headed the operations and product management activities of a Maryland-based start-up software company. This background enables him to effectively communicate with technical, business and legal teams within a company and provide practical legal advice.

Recent Matters

  • Successfully obtained formal reclassification of networking and telecommunications products controlled under the Export Administration Regulations (EAR)
  • Obtained decontrol status for numerous hardware and software products using encryption
  • Performed on-site trade compliance audits and developed export management and compliance programs (EMCPs) and Technology Control Plans (TCPs) for a variety of technology companies
  • Obtained ‘no action’ letters and ‘warning’ letters for companies subject to open export enforcement cases
  • Streamlined internal trade compliance procedures for various medium-sized companies to accommodate the available IT and human resources
  • Obtained export licenses from Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) and Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) for activities involving embargoed/sanctioned regions and parties subject to individual sanctions (e.g., the BIS Entity List)
  • Obtained deemed export licenses for foreign national employees and interns working at U.S. technology companies
  • Advised technology companies in tariff classifications under the Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) and country of origin marking requirements
  • Advised companies on the regulatory requirements and industry best practices for compliance with the EAR, OFAC sanctions programs, International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) administered by the Department of State’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC), Foreign Trade Regulations administered by the Census Bureau, and import regulations administered by the Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)

Education

Admissions

  • District of Colombia
  • Maryland
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office

 Professional Memberships

 Publications

  • Chapter 27: Export Control of Intellectual Property, Intellectual Property Counseling and Litigation (Matthew Bender), 2012-Present (Co-Author)
  • “Deemed Export Considerations for the Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Industries”, WorldECR, 2012 (Author)
  •  “Patent Claim Obviousness in Jury Trials: Where’s the Analysis?”, Journal of Business & Technology Law, July 2011 (Author)
  •  “Fiscal Matters: An Introduction to Federal Fiscal Law & Principles”, Briefing Papers, July 2010(Co-Author)
  •  “Determinants of E-Commerce Brand Preference”, Society for Consumer Psychology Winter Conference, February 2005 (Co-Author)
  • “High Throughput Methods for Polymer Nanocomposites Research: Extrusion, NMR Characterization and Flammability Property Screening”, Journal of Materials Science, 2003 (Contributor)

Contact Wes


Thomsen and Burke LLP

International Trade and Investment Counsel for Technology Companies

Baltimore, MD
Washington, DC

P  410.539.2595
E  info@t-b.com
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