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International Trade and the Digital Economy – How Trade Rules Protect Cross-Border Flows of Data and Technology Products

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

7:30-8:00 a.m. PT – Breakfast
8:00-9:30 a.m. PT – Presentations
Grand Hyatt San Francisco
345 Stockton Street
San Francisco, CA  94108

Wednesday, May 18, 2016
7:30-8:00 a.m. PT – Breakfast
8:00-9:30 a.m. PT – Presentations/Webcast
King & Spalding Offices
601 S. California Avenue, Suite 100
Palo Alto, CA  94304


The global digital economy faces increasing threats from protectionist measures requiring “localization” of business operations including infrastructure and data storage. You are invited to attend a presentation and discussion with leading authorities on international trade law including senior King & Spalding specialists on WTO rules governing international trade in the digital economy and international trade agreements that protect the technology industry. The panel will review recent trends in the global regulatory environment for digital trade and will discuss how international trade rules can protect the operation of business models on which digital trade depends, including recent international trade agreements that affect technology companies.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Evolving restrictions on digital trade
    • Requirements to localize servers
    • Limitations on ownership structures
    • Restrictions and conditions on cross-border data flows
    • Forced transfer of critical intellectual property
  • New international trade agreements on trade in the digital economy
    • GATS rules on digital trade
    • TPP – Digital trade and IP provisions affecting technology companies
    • Tariff reductions on information technology products
    • TiSA and TTIP – New rules for digital trade?


Judy O’Brien, Head of Emerging Company Practice Group, King & Spalding, Silicon Valley
Abdel-Hamid Mamdouh, Director, World Trade Organization, Division on Trade in Services, Geneva
Anupam Chander, Director of the California International Law Center and Martin Luther King, Jr. Professor of Law at the University of California, Davis
Daniel Crosby, International Trade Partner, King & Spalding, Geneva
Jeffrey M. Telep, International Trade Partner, King & Spalding, Washington, D.C.

GATS – The WTO General Agreement on Trade in Services
TPP – Trans-Pacific Partnership
TTIP – Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership
TISA – Trade in Services Agreement
ITA – Information Technology Agreement 

The King & Spalding Tech Talks is an informative quarterly series that addresses issues facing the technology industry.

For additional questions, please contact Janice Ann Souza at or +1 650 422 6816.

Continuing Education Credit:  1.5 hours of CLE credit will be applied for in CA, GA, NY, TX and, if needed, NC and A, and 1.5 hours of London CPD credit. Attendees will receive a Uniform Certificate of Attendance via email approximately 30 days after the program to seek CLE credit in other jurisdictions. New York lawyers: This program is considered Transitional in content. The Live format is Traditional and approved for both experienced and newly admitted lawyers. Please contact Elizabeth Quinn at for questions regarding continuing education credit. King & Spalding LLP / 1180 Peachtree Street, Atlanta, GA 30309 | CA Provider # 10947 / SRA Provider #: 3366 / SKIL

Event Details

Date: May 18, 2016