The US administration's decision to impose steel and aluminum tariffs created uncertainty and stoked fears of a US-EU trade war. Ultimately, the current administration exempted the EU from these measures. Ambassador O'Sullivan will shed light on the EU's strategy as protectionism is on the rise globally.
Simultaneously, tech companies on both sides of the Atlantic are grappling with the challenges posed by data privacy, as will be illustrated by Mark Zuckerberg's testimony in Congress next week. Entering into force in May 2018, the EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will bring about the largest change in decades to data security and privacy, with wide-reaching implications for US companies doing business in Europe.
Transatlantic relations will also be affected by changes to intellectual property regulations. The EU is currently discussing a wide-reaching reform to copyright, patents, and trademark regulation, which will pose challenges for US firms operating across Europe.
First Panel: Data Privacy: Getting Your Business Ready for GDPR
09:30 AM-10:30 AM
Counselor for the Digital Economy, Delegation of European Union to the United States
Distinguished Fellow, Future Europe Initiation, Atlantic Council
Senior Adviser, McLarty Associates
Director, Global Business and Economics Program, Atlantic Council
C. Boyden Gray Fellow on Global Growth & Finance, Atlantic Council
Senior Manager, Center for Global Regulatory Cooperation, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Second Panel: IP Protection challenges across the Atlantic
10:45 AM-11:45 AM
Senior Scholar, Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property, Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University
Nonresident Senior Fellow, Global Business & Economics, Atlantic Council
Of Counsel, Covington and Burling