Isabel De Obaldia

Irma Isabel De Obaldia

Of Counsel

Irma Isabel De Obaldía's ("Isabel") practice focuses in Intellectual Property and Technology.

Isabel concentrates her practice in strategic intellectual property counseling, data rights, e-commerce, internet law, artificial intelligence and generative language models, hosting and cloud services, technology procurement and transfers, distribution and licensing of intellectual property-related agreements, trade secrets and non-disclosure, privacy, M&A technology counseling, software (licensing, development, distribution and procurement), open-source business models and general licensing and business counseling.

Isabel's practice includes representation of public and private companies in the software, technology, cloud computing, e-commerce, social networking, mobile applications, hardware, and networking industries. She routinely assists ventured backed, emerging growth and public companies in the strategic management and international exploitation of their intellectual property assets and complex cross border transactions.

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Representative Clients and Matters
  • Represents a high profile satellite provider in their US and international negotiations and intellectual property strategy.
  • Advises a high profile European network solutions provider with their licensing models and contracts.
  • Advise clients on negotiations with high profile artificial intelligence providers.
  • Advise clients on global negotiations with high profile cloud providers for services applicable in multiples countries. 
  • Assists clients in developing and drafting license and contract forms to streamline and cut off negotiation time during their online ecommerce transactions.
  • Advise clients with offices throughout Latin America on the development and implementation of internal privacy plan for compliance with applicable regulations.
  • Has extensive experience in license compliance and management.
  • Routinely advise premium tech companies on international ecommerce matters.
  • English
  • Spanish
  • Portuguese
  • J.D., Intellectual Property, Boston University 2006
    with honors
    Boston University International Law Journal
  • LL.M., University of Warwick, England, International Economic Law
  • Licenciatura, University of Panama, Panama, Law & Political Sciences


  • "Western Intellectual Property and Indigenous Cultures" Boston University Law Journal, Fall 2005
  • Managing Editor of DLA Piper Latin American Blog (


  • Panel speaker,  "El activo mas importante para la A.I." ("Data: the most important asset for A.I"), E-Tech Evolving Education Conference in Puebla, Mexico, September 27, 2023

Prior Experience

Before going into private practice, Isabel was Director of License Management Services for Oracle Corp., Latin America Division, and afterwards, Area Manager for Named Accounts, Oracle Direct Latin America.

Prior to joining Oracle, she worked as an International Trade Negotiator for the Panamanian government, representing Panama during negotiations with the World Trade Organization in Geneva, the United States Trade Representative and in negotiations for bilateral trade agreements with Mexico, Chile, Colombia and Central America.

Earlier in her career, she worked in Spain and England.

Memberships And Affiliations

  • Panama Bar Association
  • Virginia State Bar
  • District of Columbia Bar
  • American Bar Association
  • International Bar Association
  • Hispanic Bar Association