International Association for Technology Trade

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Industry Technology Trade
Emerging Markets
Founded November, 2004
Headquarters Headquarters - California, USA
Key Affiliates - EU, Asia
Key Markets - China, Mexico, Brazil, South Africa, India, Pakistan
Key people
David McKnight, president
Christine Shaw, executive director
Leslee Xu, software council chair
Fanny Hwang, director asia-pac
Products Trade Missions, Conferences, Symposia, Strategic Services
Website IATT -
IATT UK Mirror
IATT China Mirror
IATT EU Mirror
IATT India Mirror

The International Association for Technology Trade (IATT) is a consortium of technology organizations, strategic advisors, government agencies and corporate members seeking to generate successful global business opportunities – with a key focus on China and emerging economies. IATT runs ongoing trade missions to developing regions, sponsors and co-promotes conferences and symposia, and provides strategic services to companies entering and expanding into emerging markets.

Recent noteworthy events[edit]

2006 Guangdong Province Educational Technology Buyers' Summit[edit]

In June 2006, IATT hosted a high-level delegation from the Guangdong Province Department of Education, visiting North America at summit meetings arranged by IATT in Toronto, ON; Washington, DC and San Jose, CA. Highlights included meetings with representatives from Discovery Communications, the Oracle Education Foundation and Adobe Systems among other ISTE 100 companies. ISTE was a co-organizer of the summit, designed to introduce leading educational technology companies in North America to potential buyers in China.

First Sino-American Forum of Intellectual Property Rights[edit]

Efforts in 2005 to forge a partnership with the Patent Protection Association of China (PPAC) under the direction of China’s State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) resulted in the first-ever Sino-American Forum of Intellectual Property Rights, held in China’s booming Pearl River Delta.[1] Attracting more than 500 government officials, business leaders and academics from throughout China and North America, IATT and PPAC co-organized the event.[2]

“IP continues to be a critical issue between China and the West, but what is especially exciting about this forum is the growing importance Chinese business leaders place on their own intellectual property. SIPO is racing toward half-a-million patent applications in 2005, 80% filed domestically – and the greatest number coming from the Pearl River Delta. Ultimately, Chinese business’ urging of the central government to protect IP rights will make a difference, because now it’s in everyone’s best interests.” (David McKnight, IATT president – speaking with a reporter from CCTV-9 in China, October 2005)

2005 China Educational Technology Conference & Expo[edit]

During the same timeframe, and with its EdTech association partner ISTE,[3] IATT co-organized what was identified as the world's largest educational technology conference and expo in Dongguan, attracting nearly 40,000 attendees in its first year with leading EdTech speakers and a small number of non-China exhibitors from the US, Canada and UK.[4]


  1. ^ Knezek, Don. " "CEO's Update on China Expo and Intellectual Property Forum", ISTE - News & Events, October 28, 2005
  2. ^ editor. "Dongguan - Foreign Direct Investment",, November, 2006
  3. ^ Knezek, Don. "Letter from the CEO—ISTE in China", ISTE - News & Events, October 7, 2005
  4. ^ editor. "Business Opportunities in China – Find Out More During The Heller Reports' July 15th Roundtable Discussion", The Heller Reports/Quality Education Data News Alert, July 8, 2005