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Tom Rubin  

Stanford Law Lecturer. Speaker. Special Counsel at Quinn Emanuel. Board of Directors at HaptX Inc.

Tom Rubin is a Lecturer at Stanford Law School and Special Counsel at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan. He previously served for many years as Microsoft’s Chief Intellectual Property Strategy Counsel and the head of the copyright, trademark and trade secret group at the company. He has vast expertise in intellectual property, technology, licensing, internet, media law, corporate governance and investigations.

At Microsoft, Rubin spearheaded complex litigation, enforcement, product development, licensing, marketing, and global policy strategies across Microsoft’s business divisions. He also led many collaborative efforts with other leaders in the technology and content industries, including amicus briefs before the U.S. Supreme Court and California Supreme Court; policy initiatives; and product partnerships. In 2010, the Los Angeles County Bar Association awarded him the Corporate Alternative Dispute Resolution Award for his leadership of the landmark User Generated Content Principles. He has taught seminars at Stanford and Yale, regularly guest lectures at Harvard, and has been published in the Financial Times.

A graduate of Yale University and Stanford Law School, his career has centered on the intersection of technology and content. Prior to Microsoft, he was an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York, where he was one of the country’s first prosecutors of computer, electronic and intellectual property crimes. In private practice at Debevoise & Plimpton in New York, he represented companies such as Sony and Time Inc. on matters related to new technologies and media law. Prior to law school, he worked in the newsroom of The New York Times for two years and was a stringer for the Associated Press while at Yale.

Mr. Rubin has received numerous awards for his work, including the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s ADR Award and the U.S. Department of Justice’s Director’s Award for Superior Performance as an Assistant United States Attorney. He has been a non-residential fellow at Stanford’s Center for Internet and Society and currently serves on the Board of Visitors at Stanford Law School, the Board of Advisors of CCH’s Guide to Computer Law and the Intellectual Property Commission of the MIT Media Lab.


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